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Traditionally held each year in April,
Coe's Festival of Bands brings a major guest conductor
to campus to assist in the celebration of the many
facets of band music.
was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Grove City High
School, Grove City, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor Degree
from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music
Degree from Miami University (Ohio). Mr. Shaffer has
taught in the Hamilton, Ohio; Northridge, Ohio; and
Wyoming, Ohio schools. Mr. Shaffer has been associated
with the Miami University Marching Band for 30 years.
Mr. Shaffer has over 250 compositions and arrangements in print. His compositions have been used at clinics and music festivals around the world and have been placed on contest required-performance lists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Mr. Shaffer has been the recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award in Music Composition for 18 years. Mr. Shaffer is in demand as a conductor for new music reading clinics, music festivals, and music education seminars. During the Summer of 1986 and 1992, he served as instrumental director for the Saskatchewan School of Fine Arts. In February of 1997 he conducted a program of his music, with the China Youth Corps Band in the National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. He has also conducted his own compositions at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mr. Shaffer is a past adjudicator for Drum Corps International and Drum Corps Midwest and has judged championship events for both organizations.
The Coe College Festival of Bands, under the administration of Dr. Carson, was established in 1994 and has featured a number of respected composers and conductors:
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