Ray Cramer to guest conduct Springfest April 21

A Spring Festival of Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion
April 21, 8pm, Musical Arts Center
featuring the Jacobs Concert Band, Jason H. Nam, conductor; Symphonic Band, Eric M. Smedley, conductor; and Wind Ensemble, Ray E. Cramer, guest conductor
with Briana Engelbert, brass concerto competition winner

Cramer_Ray-2.smallerRay E. Cramer was a member of the Indiana University School of Music faculty from the fall of 1969 through May 2005. In 1982, Mr. Cramer was appointed Director of Bands. Under his leadership the Indiana University Wind Ensemble earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances including the 1982 American Bandmasters Association Convention, Indianapolis; the 1984 joint American Bandmasters Association/Japan Bandmasters Association Convention, Tokyo; the 1988 MENC National Convention, Indianapolis; the 1991 National CBDNA Convention in Kansas City, the 1994 National MENC Convention in Cincinnati, the 1995 American Bandmasters Association Convention in Lawrence, Kansas; the 1997 National CBDNA Convention in Athens, Georgia; a 2000 spring tour to Japan performing in six cities and the All Japan Band Clinic; The 2003 CBDNA National Convention in Minneapolis, MN; a December 2003 performance at The Midwest Clinic; plus numerous other regional and state conventions. In addition to his administrative responsibilities as the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting Chair, Mr. Cramer taught graduate courses in wind conducting, history and literature. He also conducted the University Orchestra for seven years during the fall semester. Mr. Cramer enjoyed a 36-year tenure at Indiana University with the final 24 years as Director of Bands.  He and his wife, Molly, reside in Colorado Springs because they love the mountains and to be closer to family and grandchildren.

Briana Engelbert is featured on this concert as the 2016 IU Brass Concerto Competition winner. Simultaneously pursuing Master’s degrees in Euphonium Performance and Music Education, Briana enjoys sharing her passion for music with whomever she meets.  Hailing from Hammond, Indiana, she was lucky enough to be taught by her aunt, Kristen Engelbert, before pursuing her B.M.E. at Tennessee Tech University, where she studied with the illustrious R. Winston Morris and met her partner-in-euphonium-crime, Austin Vogt.  Briana then traveled through India, Paris, England, and Amsterdam, where she learned about musical cultures, taught master-classes, and studied with the euphonium virtuoso, Steven Mead.  Now under the tutelage of the famed Dan Perantoni, she hopes to perform with a premier military band, teach at the high school level, and share her experiences with enthusiasts of all ages!


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