NBA Symphonic Band Symposium: January 24-25, 2014

Symphonic Band Symposium

sponsored by the
National Band Association
the George Mason University School of Music

Friday, January 24 - Saturday, January 25, 2014 

George Mason University
School of Music

The National Band Association and the George Mason University School of Music invite you to a Symphonic Band Symposium! 

This two-day event will include five local high school bands in rehearsal settings as they prepare for VBODA Assessment: Westfield HS, John Champe HS Wind Ensemble, John Champe HS Symphonic Band, Forest Park HS and Potomac Falls HS.  Gary Smith (Conductor Emeritus of the University of Illinois Bands), Dr. Dennis Layendecker (Former Conductor of the United States Air Force Band and currently Director of the George Mason School of Music), Brian Walden (Conductor and Commander of the United States Navy Band) and two clinicians to be named will rehearse with the ensembles.  All rehearsals are open to participants. 

In addition, there will be master classes with Mason School of Music applied faculty, so participants may spend much of their time at the symposium attending these sessions with world-class teachers and performers. 

In addition, the following sessions will be available to all registrants: 

  • Conducting Master Class with the Mason Wind Symphony, Mark Camphouse and Anthony Maiello (see attached form to participate as a conductor)
  • “Selling Yourself in a Job Interview” with Michael Pierson, Coordinator of Music for Loudoun County Public Schools
  • “From Cane to Beautiful Music” – sponsored by VanDoren
  • “Score Study from a Composer’s Viewpoint” by Mark Camphouse
  • “Marketing, Recruiting and Retention in Elementary Band” with Fairfax County’s “Pied Pipers”, Eileen Fraedrich and Allison Parrell
  • “The Bb Scale Ain’t No Warm-Up” with Dr. Brian Wuttke and John Casagrande (A “Not-Ready-For-VMEA-Clinic”)
  • “An Overview of the National Band Association” – including new features on our new State-Of-The-Art website and NBA programs that are available to members.
  • Performances by the Mason Wind Symphony


There will also be displays from VanDoren/Foxes Music as well as other NBA Corporate Members. 

For further information about the symposium, please contact John Casagrande ( or Dr. Brian Wuttke (

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Fairfax Campus



Mason Pond Parking Deck
The Mason Pond Parking Deck is convenient to all Center for the Arts venues:
  • Concert Hall (exit on Level 2)
  • Harris Theatre (exit on Level 3)
  • de Laski Perf. Arts Bldg. (Level 3)
Parking Rates:

1 hour  =  $3.00
2 hours =  $6.00
3 hours =  $9.00
4 hours =  $12.00
All Day = $14.00
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