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Conductor Timothy Rhea
The American conductor, Dr. Timothy Rhea, earned the Bachelor of Music Education with honors from the University of Arkansas and his Master of Music in Wind Conducting from Texas Tech University. During his time at Texas Tech, he served as assistant conductor of the University Symphonic Band and graduate assistant director and musical arranger to the Texas Tech University Marching Band. Rhea was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting and Composition from the University of Houston in May 1999.
He joined the Texas A&M University band staff in June 1993, and assumed his position of Director
of Bands in 2002. He has conducted the Texas A&M University Wind Symphony at the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters
Association conventions. Under his direction, the band has performed concerts in England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
In addition to conducting, Timothy Rhea maintains a very successful career as an arranger and composer. His output of compositions and arrangements numbers over 300. He is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is currently on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association. His Texas A&M Band performed at the 2012 Western International Band Clinic in Seattle following his 2010 appearance as a guest conductor of the four high school honor bands at WIBC.
Clarinetist Robert Spring
Dr. Robert Spring has been described as “one of this coun- try’s most sensitive and talented clarinetists,”Arizona Republic, “dazzled his audience...flawless technique”, The Clarinet Magazine, and “a formidable soloist...played with great emotional life” Copenhagen, Denmark, Politiken. The Instrumentalist Mag-azine says of his recording, “Dragon’s Tongue”, a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band. Fanfare Magazine says of the CD, “Tarantelle,” music that the famous violinist Jascha Heifetz recorded on violin, being per- formed on clarinet, “This recording was meant to amaze and, man, it succeeds.”
The America Record Guide writes about his recent recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, “Spring is fabulous in the Copland. His phrasing is elegant swing tailored with great flow and a spread of tone colors and expressive subtleties.
Spring attended the University of Michigan where he was award- ed three degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He was recently awarded the “Citation of Merit Award” from the School of Music Alumni Society. His teachers included John Mohler, David Shifrin and Paul Shaller. Spring has performed as a recitalist or soloist with symphony orchestras and wind bands in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. He frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator and teaches on the faculties of several summer music festivals. He has published numerous articles on multiple articulation and other contempo- rary clarinet techniques.
Spring was President of the International Clarinet Association from 1998-2000 and has performed for numerous International Clarinet Association conventions. He hosted the 1995 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest at Arizona State University where he is presently Evelyn Smith Professor of Clarinet. Dr. Spring is also principal clarinet of the ProMusic Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, OH. He is a Buffet Artist, and plays the Buffet Greenline Clarinet exclusively.
Tonight he appears as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and the represents the unique clarinet sound of the Glenn Miller Band. He will also be featured performing the unique Klezmer style of clarinet playing and will join Patrick Sheridan in a jam session on Sing, Sing, Sing.

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