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      The Coe College Festival of Bands 2015:

Robert Sheldon

Guest Conductor/Composer

April 16-19, 2015

William S. Carson, D.M.A.

Director of Bands

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The Coe College Festival of Bands 

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.

Robert Sheldon

Robert SheldonRobert Sheldon is one of the most performed composers of wind band music today.  A recipient of numerous awards from the American School Band Director’s Association, Phi Beta Mu and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, his compositions embody a level of expression that resonates with ensembles and audiences alike.  His music is performed around the world and appears on many international concert and contest lists. Mr. Sheldon regularly accepts commissions for new works, and produces numerous publications for concert band and orchestra each year.

Sheldon’s schedule includes many appearances as guest conductor for All-State and Regional Honor Bands.   He also frequently appears as a Music Education clinician, and has presented sessions and seminars at numerous colleges and universities as well as state Music Education Association conferences.  He has served as a conductor and clinician throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Canada, Italy, Australia and The Republic of China, and has conducted performances of his works in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, Matsumoto’s Seiji Ozawa Performing Arts Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.  Mr. Sheldon is currently Concert Band Editor for Alfred Music Publishing.

The Festival Concerts

On Saturday, April 18, at 8:00 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium, Robert Sheldon will join the Coe College Concert Band as a guest conductor for several compositions published by Alfred Music, including one of his own works. Other featured soloists will include two graduating members of the Coe Concert Band flute section, Rachel Kingham and Lindsay Meade.   Sheldon will also work with the Elementary Honor Bands, which will perform at 4:00 p.m. that day and with the Coe Junior and Senior Honor Bands, who will present their Festival concert on Sunday, April 19, at 4:00 p.m.  Also featured during the Festival, on Thursday, April 16, at 7:00, will be a free concert by the Kirkwood Community College Concert Band, directed by Dr. Beth Zamzow, and the New Horizons Band of Cedar Rapids, conducted by Alan Lawrence. Tickets for the Honor Band concerts will be available by emailing the Honor Band Administrative Assistant, Chelsea Dunn ( and tickets for the Coe College Concert Band performance will be available at the door.

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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