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Editor of Bandworld and co-founder of WIBC, he is Professor Emeritus at Southern Oregon University where he continues as Executive Director of The American Band College master's program. He is co-founder of WIBC and is an elected member of The American Bandmasters Association. He served on its Board of Director and is currently on the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board. In 1998 he received the Sousa Foundation’s Medal of Honor; in 2003 was inducted as an honorary in Phi Beta Mu and in 2005 received the Midwest Clinic's Music Industry Award. In July 2006 he received the ASBDA A.A. Harding Award & Honorary membership to the Women Band Directors in 2007.

Elected as an Associate Member of the American Bandmasters Association in March of 2004, Scott is Managing Director of the American Band College, Organizing Chairman of Western International Band Clinic and co-editor of Bandworld Magazine. He served as a band director in the schools of Oregon from 1995-2002 and recently created the Willamette Valley Symphonic Band, a 60-piece honor group of students from Eugene-Springfield area high schools. He now travels worldwide as an adjudicator and conductor, most recently to France.

Warmups That Work
Score & Parts (Ab)

Warmups That Work
Score & Parts (Eb)

Warmups That Work
Score & Parts (Bb

M. Max McKee, Bandworld Co-Editor
Executive Director, American Band College

Scott McKee, Bandworld Co-Editor
Organizing Director, WIBC Convention

Percussion Basics
Part Two

Brian Balch graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Grand Valley State University in 2005. While in college, Mr. Balch has also taught summer band camps at Jenison, Hudsonville, Northview, Godwin Heights, Wayland, and East Kentwood High School. He student taught at East Kentwood High School in 2005.

Mr. Balch was a member of the 6-time World Champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Il. For three summers, he participated in traveling across almost the entire Continental US. The performance level of this group is nothing less than superior, and this was a major stepping block towards later career opportunities.

Mr. Balch began his teaching career in 2006 in Hastings, Michigan. While in Hastings, he earned superior ratings in Marching, Concert and Jazz Festivals and also administrated a full Steel Drum ensemble. He was heavily involved in community performances with the Jazz Ensemble at many area establishments and schools. In 2008, Mr. Balch accepted the position as Director of Bands at Big Rapids High School. Since then, he has earned top ratings at Distrct and State Band Festivals and has had numerous chamber ensemble nominations for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. In 2010, the BRHS Percussion Ensemble performed at the prestigious Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Mr. Balch lives in Big Rapids with his wife Kathy, daughter Emily and cat Nicky. Mr. Balch earned his Masters Degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2012.

Professor Judith E. Grimes presently teaches music education courses and is the Director of Concert Bands at Elmhurst College. Judy is the founder and executive director of the Western Jamaica International Music Festival and the author of 150 plus articles found regularly in music journals.

Professor Grimes is the past president of the Women Band Directors National Association and the Women Band Directors International. As an active clinician, adjudicator, and conductor nationally, Professor Grimes is also very active on the international scene. She recently traveled to Europe with the Illinois Ambassadors of Music and to Australia to conduct at Sheldon College. In addition, she has conducted workshops and festivals in Japan, Canada, and Jamaica, as well as nine other states.




Approaches to Discipline

Brian Balch Michigan
ABC Graduate 2012

Judith Grimes
G.Leblanc Music Educational Specialist

Jonathan Bletscher is the Band Director at Port Susan Middle School in Stanwood, Washington. He is a 2017 Graduate of the Sam Houston State University's AMerican Band College. This project was done in fulffiment of that degree.


Dr. Gregory Xavier Whitmore is Director of Bands at Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, CA). Dr. Whitmore is also Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra Youth Wind Ensemble (Irvine, CA). These appointments follow a career as Conductor of the College of the Desert Symphony Band (Palm Desert, CA), and Director of Bands at Cathedral City High School (Cathedral City, CA). Dr. Whitmore, a native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, received his Bachelor�s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While a student at The University of Michigan, Dr. Whitmore actively performed in the University of Michigan Bands; and Dr. Whitmore led the University of Michigan Marching Band as �Michigan�s Man Up Front� - Drum Major - from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Whitmore received his Master's Degree in Music with an emphasis in Wind Conducting from California State University Fullerton studying under Dr. Mitchell Fennell. Dr. Whitmore holds a Masters Degree, and a Doctorate in Music and Music Education from Columbia University (Teachers College) in the city of New York.

Dr. Whitmore has conducted ensembles in such notable concert venues as The Musikverein (Vienna), The MuTh (Vienna), Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (Costa Mesa), Symphony Hall (Chicago), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Carnegie Hall (New York City), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Meng Hall (Fullerton, California), Holy Trinity Church (Stratford, England), St. John�s Smith Square (London), Chateau Vaux le Vicomte (Paris), and Heidelberg Castle (Germany). Under Dr. Whitmore�s direction, the Cathedral City High School Symphony Band was selected to perform as the showcase ensemble during the 2008 California Band Directors Association Annual Convention.





Jonathan Bletscher
ABC Masters Degree Graduate 2017

Gregory X. Whitmore
Mt. San Antonio College


Mom and Dad, We Need You


Tim Lautzenheiser is a well-known name in the music education world as a teacher, clinician, author, composer, consultant, adjudicator and, above all, a trusted friend to anyone interested in working with young people to develop a desire for excellence. His own career involves ten years of successful college band directing at Northern Michigan University, University of Missouri, and New Mexico State University. During this time Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in all areas of the instrumental and vocal field.

Following three years in the music industry, he created Attitude Concepts for Today, an organization designed to manage requests for workshops, seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of positive attitude and effective leadership training. He presently holds the Earl Dunn Distinguished Lecturer position at Ball State University. Tim also is Director of Education for Conn-Selmer, and he serves as the national spokesperson for MENC's "Make a Difference with Music" program.

Tim is a graduate of Ball State University and University of Alabama. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from VanderCook College of Music. Additional awards include the distinguished Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Mr. Holland's Opus Award, and the Music Industry Award from the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.

Gregg I. Hanson was born in Ogden, Utah in 1943. He studied trumpet, piano, and voice in his formative years before attending The University of Michigan where he earned bachelor and master degrees in 1967-68. He has studied conducting with Elizabeth A. H. Green and William D. Revelli.

He headed an innovative graduate conducting program at the University of Arizona where he served as director of Wind Bands and professor of conducting. His performing ensembles have appeared at all of the major venues in the United States including the conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the American Bandmasters Association. He was inducted as a member of ABA in 1984. In the summer of 2001, the UA Wind Ensemble performed at Lucerne, Switzerland. His conducting experience is varied and includes commercial music, musical theatre, opera, chamber music, orchestra, and wind band.

The Trouble with Bands


Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser
Conn-Selmer Vice-President of the Educational Division      

Gregg I. Hanson
University of Arizona, retired


One of America’s most enthusiastic band fans, Ira is also a walking encyclopedia of information about band compositions, arrangements and recordings. A concert band consultant and advisor residing in Skokie, Illinois, he has helped many ensembles in the development of band libraries and programming. Since 1996, he has donated thousands of compositions and recordings from his personal library to the American Band College Center for Research.
Paul Kassulke taught in the Lutheran elementary and high schools of Wisconsin and Minnesota for thirty-one years. He earned his BS in Elementary Education from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN and his masters from the American Band College. He was one of the first-class of graduates from ABC in 1994.
In 2007 Kassulke moved to Oregon to take a full-time position with WIBC, Inc. He is the ABC Director of Operations, Honor Band Chairman for WIBC and an associate editor with Bandworld Magazine.


What's Changed

Ira Novoselsky, MusiClips Editor
Collector & Band Literature Expert (Chicago)

Paul Kassulke
Director of Operations, American Band College
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