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Trae Blanco


Dr. Trae Blanco serves as Director of Bands at Butler University where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers the band area. After completing his BME at New Mexico State University (NMSU), Dr. Blanco has served as Director of Bands at Las Cruces High School. Dr. Blanco holds a DMA in wind conducting from the Herberger Institute at Arizona State University, and a MM in Wind Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Prior to coming to Butler, Dr. Blanco served as Director of Bands at Murray State, and the University of Southern Maine. In July 2015, Dr. Blanco was a guest conductor with the United States Army "Pershing's Own" Concert Band in Washington, D.C. and in both 2015 and 2016 Dr. Blanco was a finalist in the American Prize in Wind Conducting. Dr. Blanco has published articles with the NBA and WASBE journals, and has been an invited presenter at the state conventions of West Virginia, Maine, The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the 2019 WASBE International Convention in Buñol, Spain.

Look like their SOUND: Two-step process to incorporating oral articulation into physical gesture, often lost in translation.

As the music education profession enters the third decade of the 21st century, conductors are discovering better ways to integrate clarity of communication into rehearsals and improve overall physical gesture. In this highly relevant clinic, I will present various methods to align articulation concepts with conducting gesture while also introducing rehearsal strategies that affirm proven pedagogical techniques. As conductors, what we “say” verbally and visually matters – bring your batons and come find the best of both worlds in your teaching!

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