Band Camp Guest Conductors
There will be three bands plus a jazz band at the 2015 edition of Band Camp!
2015 Guest Conductor Information
Kevin R. Gulden has been a band director in a very successful program at Olmsted Falls Middle School for over twenty-nine years. He has been a clinician for area music departments, guest speaker for future educators, conductor for honor bands, adjudicator for area contests, and a performer throughout the state of Ohio. He has been a long-time participant in Baldwin Wallace University summer music programs. Mr. Gulden is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and obtained his Masters Degree from Cleveland State University. He, his wife, and two children reside in Strongsville, Ohio.
Jared Rawlings, M.M., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, B.M.E., Baldwin Wallace University. Mr. Rawlings is currently the Director of Bands at Salina High School South. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Rawlings conducts the Salina Symphony Junior Youth Symphony and serves as the North central District Representative to the Kansas Bandmasters Association Board of Directors. Ensembles directed by Mr. Rawlings have been invited to perform at the North America Saxophone Alliance Conference, Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference, Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop, MENC National Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah), and the 2006 ISME World Conference (Kuala Lampur, Malaysia). Mr. Rawlings maintains an active schedule as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. Recently, his conducting schedule has included engagements in Ohio, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and New York. In March 2008, Mr. Rawlings presented a workshop at the 2008 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service (Wichita, KS). He holds professional affiliations with the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Kansas Music Educators Association, and Kansas Bandmasters Association.
Loras John Schissel is in his eighth year as conductor of the Blossom Festival Band, one of the world's premiere professional symphonic wind-bands. A native of New Hampton, Iowa, he studied brass instruments and conducting with Carl Stewart, Frederick Fennell, and John Paynter. In the years following his studies at the University of Northern Iowa, he has distinguished himself as a prominent conductor, orchestrator, and musicologist. He is founder and music director of the Arlington-based Virginia Grand Military Band, an ensemble comprised of current and former members of service bands.
Mr. Schissel has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia conducting orchestras, bands, and choral ensembles in a broad range of musical styles and varied programs. As a composer and orchestrator, Mr. Schissel has an extensive catalogue of over 400 works for orchestra, symphonic wind band, and jazz ensembles, published exclusively by the C.L. Barnhouse Company. His musical score for the PBS special, Bill Moyers: America's First River, The Hudson, which first appeared on PBS in April 2002, has received extensive coverage and critical acclaim. In May 2002, Mr. Schissel was inducted into The Circumnavigators Club of New York, in recognition of his world travel.(The other inductee was Walter Cronkite.) Also in May 2002, John Philip Sousa IV, great-grandson of the composer, commissioned Mr. Schissel to oversee the completion and orchestration of Sousa's last march. The Library of Congress March was premiered in the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building by Schissel's Virginia Grand Military Band at a gala concert celebrating the opening of the Kluge Center for Scholars. Mr. Schissel led the Blossom Festival Band in the Ohio premiere of the march at the opening concerts of the 2003 Blossom Festival on July 3 and 4, 2003.
Mr. Schissel also is a musicologist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress, where he is a leading authority on the music of Percy Aldridge Grainger, Aaron Copland, Victor Herbert, and Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky. In 2003, Schissel was named editor of the Gerry Mulligan Publishing Project, a joint critical edition series by the Library of Congress and the Gerry Mulligan Publishing Company. As a recording artist, Mr. Schissel has amassed a large catalogue featuring a wide variety of ensembles and musical genres. He has embarked on a series of recordings of basic symphonic wind-band music with his ensemble, the Schissel Symphonic Wind Ensemble. His recordings with the Virginia Grand Military Band have won numerous awards, including the Sudler Scroll for outstanding musical excellence. As a writer, Mr. Schissel is co-authoring The Complete Literary and Musical Works of John Philip Sousa with the distinguished Sousa biographer Paul E. Bierley. Mr. Schissel has appeared in the award-winning PBS documentary If You Knew Sousa for the American Experience series, as well as Ben Wattenberg's Think Tank. In 2005, he was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association. He continues to serve as a commentator on the "Voice of America" and for the United States Information Service.