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Nate Seamons

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David Fullmer

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Kandis Taylor


Nate Seamons
Dr. Nate Seamons is the Associate Director of Bands and Music Education at Brigham Young University and Assistant Professor of Music Education. He previously served as the Director of Bands at Snow College and American Fork High School. He has taught for over a decade in the public schools in Utah and Texas. During his public-school career, his ensembles received superior acclaim at the regional, state, and national level. Nate is a sought-after adjudicator, clinician, and consultant for marching band and concert band. He is a Conn-Selmer educational consultant and an active marching band show designer. His current scholarship is focused on flexible instrumentation for small, rural, and inner-city band programs.

David Fullmer

Dr. David C. Fullmer has taught instrumental music for over forty years. He is Director of Bands at Snow College in Utah where he conducts the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Badger Band and teaches courses in conducting and music education. He served as West Region Educational Support Manager for the Conn-Selmer Division of Education. He assisted Conn-Selmer Vice President of Education Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser in providing exemplary programs, services and advocacy tailored to the positive growth and development of music education in twelve western states. He served as Associate Director of Bands at California State University, Fresno where he conducted the Fresno State Symphonic Band and directed the 250 member Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band. He was also the Assistant Director of the Brigham Young University Cougar Marching Band. He was Director of Bands at Utah Valley University where he conducted the Wind Symphony, University Band, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble.   
He began his teaching career at Pleasant Grove High School in 1986. In 1990 he became the Director of Bands at Timpview High School where his Symphonic Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles and Marching Bands earned superior ratings at the State level for twenty-one consecutive years. In 1994, Timpview was the first band from Utah to perform at the prestigious Mid-West Clinic in Chicago. Timpview also performed twice at the Bands of America National Percussion Festival in Indianapolis, Runner-Up twice at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho, Utah Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, and the MENC National Conference in Salt Lake City. Under Dr. Fullmer’s direction, the Timpview Marching Band competed in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and California taking first place in its division at the final show of each season for twenty-one consecutive years as well as several Sweepstakes Awards. 
Dr. Fullmer is active as a Guest Conductor, Clinician and Adjudicator throughout the Western United States. He has conducted the scoring sessions for the motion pictures Alpha & Omega by Lionsgate (2010) and Atlas Shrugged II by 20th Century Fox (2012). As Western Division President of the National Association for Music Education he delivered keynote addresses and clinics to music educators in AZ, CA, HI, NV, and UT and served on the National Executive Board and National Executive Committee of NAfME. He has served as President, Band VP, Mentor Chair and Adjudication Chair of the Utah Music Educators Association. He supported music educators in Utah as an Education Consultant for Summerhays Music Center. He also serves as Director of the Utah Ambassadors of Music and has conducted the UAM Band on 12 European Tours since 1997. He has conducted All-State Bands in Utah, Nevada, and Colorado. He has conducted Honor Bands in Utah, Nevada, California, and Idaho.
Dr. Fullmer has received the Mid-West Clinic Medal of Honor, Utah Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Educator Award, the National Band Association Citation for Excellence (twice), Utah Music Educators Superior Accomplishment Award (twice), National Federation of High School Activities Association Western States Section Outstanding Music Educator Award, Ray Smith Music Educator of the Year, PTA State Golden Apple Award, Utah Bandmasters Association Mentor Award, and featured on the cover of School Band and Orchestra Magazine (twice). He received the Freedom's Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor and Red Cross Educator Hero awards for directing veteran tribute projects in Pearl Harbor (2001 & 2011), Normandy (2004) and Washington DC & Gettysburg (2008). 
Dr. Fullmer earned a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Washington. Masters and Bachelor degrees in Music Education were earned at Brigham Young University. He studied conducting with Glenn Williams, Ralph Laycock, Don Peterson, Clyn Barrus, David Blackinton, Peter Eros, and Timothy Salzman. His dissertation, A Comparison of the Wind Band Writing of Three Contemporary Composers: Karel Husa, Timothy Broege, and Cindy McTee, comprises three chapters of A Composer's Insight: Thought, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, Vol. 1 published by Meredith Music. He has published over a dozen articles on various Music Education topics. 
Dr. Fullmer’s greatest title is “Papa” to his three grandsons, Phoenix, Ames, and Ari.


Kandis Taylor
Dr. Kandis King Taylor began her career by earning a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Utah. Her research interests focus on educational technology as a tool in music learning and best practices for building pedagogical efficacy using technology in aspiring music educators. Kandis serves as the Director of Percussion Studies at Snow College in Ephraim, UT. She has over 17 years of experience teaching, directing, and adjudicating junior high and high school bands, jazz bands, and percussion ensembles in California and Utah. When she isn't teaching college or public school, Kandis composes music and has several compositions published through C. Alan Publications.

The Frederick Fennell Tapes: Learning from the Master and the Kosei Wind Orchestra, 1989

This session marks the first public setting to reveal never-before-heard audio recordings of candid interviews with Frederick Fennell during his time as conductor of the Kosei Wind Orchestra. In 1989, Dr. Barry Kopetz journeyed to Tokyo to study with Maestro Fennell. To preserve the lessons learned during this four week venture, Dr. Kopetz recorded over 15 hours of discussions centering on repertoire, instrumentation, and the future of the wind band. The purpose of this clinic is to share the serendipitous origin story of how the 1989 Fennell tapes surfaced, the process of preserving them in 2023, and to promote the associated forthcoming research and implications this newly uncovered treasure may have on the world of wind band conducting.

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