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Clinician John Maltester works with high school band students at the 2015 Pacific Western Concert Band Festival on April 18, 2015.

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11th annual Pacific Western Concert Band Festival brings high school students to campus

Apr 24, 2015

On Saturday, April 18, 2015 the eleventh annual Pacific Western Concert Band Festival (Pac West) was held on the Stockton campus of University of the Pacific. Ten high school bands and 25 clinicians/adjudicators, including Pacific alumni, came to campus to immerse themselves in a day of high quality music education. Created and facilitated by Conservatory of Music Director of Bands, Dr. Eric Hammer, the event consisted of performances and clinics for the high school students in addition to clinics by the band directors for Pacific music education majors. The featureed performance of the day was by University of the Pacific's Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the conclusion of the festival and included a piece conducted by graduate assistant Patrick Neff. Assisted by his student band staff and graduate students, Dr. Hammer has turned the festival into a successful yearly event featuring bands from across the Western United States.

Performing bands this year included the following:
Antelope High School (Antelope, CA) - Sonora Mello, Director 
Franklin High School (Elk Grove, CA) - Matthew Mackey, Director
Golden Valley High School (Merced, CA) - Michael A. Vasquez Jr., Director
Gregori High School (Modesto, CA) - Dan Bryan, Director
Hughson High School (Hughson, CA) - Ella Webb '74 & Katie Maki, Directors
Sandy High School (Sandy, OR) - Rob McGlothin, Director
Sunnyside High School (Fresno, CA) - Michael J. Angel, Director
Vista High School (Vista, CA) - Ralph Ewell, Director

"Satellite" Bands who did not perform, but listened and participated in special interest clinics:
Amador High School (Sutter Creek, CA) - John Johnson '14, Director
Argonaut High School (Jackson, CA) - Heather Walkover '12, Director 

Zach Bruno '08 (Conducting) - Director of Bands, Skyline College
Dale Engstrom - Director of Bands, Fresno City College
John Maltester - St. Mary's College / Past President Western CBDNA
Emily Moss - Director of Bands, Cal State Los Angeles

The mission of Pac West is to produce an innovative opportunity for the musical growth of topnotch high school bands from the Western states, their directors, and University of the Pacific music education students. Year in and year out Dr. Hammer succeeds in making Pac West a quality event for all involved and this year was one of the best.

For more on Pac West visit the Pacific Bands website.


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