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CBDNA 2018

North centRal

division conference


Western Michigan UniversitY

Kalamazoo, Mi

February 22-24, 2018



Check-in will begin in Dalton Center (School of Music) at 11:00am on Thursday, February 22, and the conference will conclude by 3:00pm on Saturday, February 24.


Miller Auditorium address is 1341 Theatre Drive.  

Dalton Center (School of Music) is directly across the fountain from Miller Auditorium.




Dear North Central Division Members,

Welcome to the website for our upcoming divisional conference to be held February 22-24 at Western Michigan University.  I believe that we have put together an outstanding group of performances and clinic sessions.  Additionally, I’m excited to include our mini-conducting symposium as a new addition to our conference agenda.

Many thanks go to Dr. Scott Boerma and the staff at Western Michigan University.  They have been working tirelessly preparing for our membership attendance in February.  In order for us to provide the best convention possible please take advantage of registration now.

I encourage all of you to send students to perform in the Intercollegiate Band under the direction of Dr. Jamie Nix.  Additionally, I hope that many of you and or your students will apply to conduct in the mini-conducting symposium with guest clinician Dr. Mallory Thompson.  Links to all information are listed under each area on the website.

Attendance is crucial in order to make a great divisional conference.  I hope you will be there!



Kevin L. Sedatole

President, North Central Division CBDNA

Director of Bands

Michigan State University

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We are excited to welcome you to Western Michigan University for the CBDNA North Central Division Conference on February 22-24.  In addition to experiencing the fine performing ensembles, interesting clinics, and mini-conducting symposium, I believe that you will find our facilities enjoyable, and maybe you’ll get a chance to get to know Kalamazoo a bit!  Of course, you will be introduced to some new (and old) works that may inspire you to perform them with your bands, and you’ll certainly enjoy catching up with each other throughout the event.  I personally look forward to any opportunity I can get to connect with friends and meet new people in our field at these conferences each year.

In order to help us plan well for this event, please register on this website in the near future.  The links at the top of the screen should make it easy for you to register not only for the conference, but also to apply to participate in the conducting symposium and to nominate your students for the Intercollegiate Band.  (These deadlines are coming up soon!)  You will also see hotel/travel information on this site.  The link will direct you to the conference hotel, which is holding a block of rooms for us only until January 21.  Since shuttles will take you to and from this hotel, you’ll want to make sure you get booked there.  If you are flying to Kalamazoo, this hotel also provides a free shuttle from the Kalamazoo Airport.

I hope that you are all having an enjoyable year so far!  We’re excited to see you in Kalamazoo on February 22-24!



Scott Boerma

Director of Bands

Western Michigan University



Thursday, February 22

2:00pm - Oakland University Wind Ensemble – Gregory Cunningham, conductor

4:30pm - Kent State University Wind Ensemble – Jesse Leyva, conductor

8:00pm - University of Michigan Concert Band – Courtney Snyder, conductor


Friday, February 23

10:15am - Chosen Gems – Western Michigan University Concert Band - David Montgomery, conductor

1:00pm - John Hersey High School Symphonic Band – Scott Casagrande, conductor

3:45pm - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Wind Ensemble – J. Thomas Seddon, conductor

7:00pm - Miami University Wind Ensemble – Gary Speck, conductor

8:30pm - Western Michigan University Symphonic Band – Scott Boerma, conductor


Saturday, February 24

11:15am - Indiana University Symphonic Band – Eric Smedley, conductor

2:00-3:00pm - Intercollegiate Band – Jamie L. Nix, conductor

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Thursday, February 22

1:00-1:50pm - Germaine Tailleferre’s Music for Wind Band – James Ripley, presenter

3:15-4:15pm - Revealing the Path to a Wind-Band version of Persichetti’s Seventh Symphony – Chris Westover, presenter


Friday, February 23

9:00-9:50am - Composers Forum (Composers featured during the conference)

11:10pm-12:00n - Revisiting a Hidden Gem from the “Little Danish School” – Emil Hartmann’s Serenade for Winds - Joshua Kearney, presenter

2:30-3:30pm - Round Table Discussion – Female conductors/composers – Courtney Snyder, Catherine Sinon, moderators


Saturday, February 24

9:00-9:50am - Honoring our Tradition in Current Times:  Exploring Student Creative Decision Making in the Large Ensemble – Caroline Hand and Scott Jones, presenters

10:15-11:05am - Small Program Round Table - Personnel and Programming – Christian Secrist, Eric Bodnar, Vu Nguyen, presenters

12:30-1:45pm - Business Luncheon



Dr. Mallory Thompson

Thursday, February 22          

Session 1:  12:30-1:50pm

Session 2:  3:15-4:20pm



Application to participate is available at the following link. 

Conducting Symposium

Please submit materials by November 15th to be eligible.

Mallory Thompson is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third person in the university's history to hold the director of bands position, Dr. Thompson conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers all aspects of the band program. Thompson has recorded five albums with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label.

Dr. Thompson received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied conducting with John P. Paynter and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Donald Hunsberger.


Dr. Jamie L. Nix


Nomination forms available at the following link:

Intercollegiate Band Forms

Please submit nominations by December 1st for students to be eligible.



Dr. Nix is director of wind ensemble activities, professor of music, and holds The Hal J. Gibson Distinguished Chair in Conducting at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music. Appointed in 2010, Dr. Nix conducts the Schwob Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra, coordinates the graduate wind band conducting program, teaches advanced undergraduate conducting, and hosts the Annual Conductors Workshop. Previous posts include serving as associate director of bands and the Donald R. Shepherd assistant professor of conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and assistant director of bands at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.



A conference registration of $125 is required of all attendees, presenters, and conductors. 

(Registration is non-refundable)

Registration is open to all active CBDNA and NBA members.  If you are not currently a member or your dues have lapsed, simply go online ( or to update your membership status.

Please make your hotel reservations by January 21 in order to received discounted block rates. 

(Go to the HOTELS/TRAVEL INFO section directly below this for further information.)




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Official Conference Hotel: 

Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West

2747 South 11th Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49009

(269) 375-6000 or 1-800-Holiday


Book directly with hotel and ask for “CBDNA North Central Division Conference” block rate of $119 per night (+ taxes & assessments).  

UPDATE: Block Code: CDN

Deadline for booking with block rate:  January 21, 2018


The hotel is 3 miles from the WMU School of Music and Miller Auditorium, so shuttles will be available.  Miller Auditorium address is 1341 Theatre Drive.  Dalton Center (School of Music) is directly across the fountain from Miller Auditorium.


Shuttles to and from the hotel will also be available from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.


If the Holiday Inn is booked at the time of your call, the overflow option nearby is:

Best Western PLUS

2575 South 11th Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49009

(269) 350-5522


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Please contact WMU Graduate Assistant John Leonard at: