Dr. Mary Land

Mary Land is Director of Bands at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. Mary received the Educational Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2015.  Dr. Land, a native of North Augusta, South Carolina, received her Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia and her Masters of Music Education degree from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She has served the Georgia Music Educators Association in various state and local offices.  Dr. Land is currently the immediate past president of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the CNAfME state chair.  She continues to make numerous appearances as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States.  Her professional affiliations include: GMEA, NAfME, IAJE, CBDNA, and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Professional Teacher Association.  Dr. Land serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and is a member of the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.  Dr. Land is a member of the National Band Association and has served as a national representative on the NBA executive board of directors.  Mary Land is also on the faculty of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as the conductor of the Intermediate Division Wind Symphony. 

Many professional awards and recognitions have been awarded Dr. Land during her career.  She has been featured in many issues of the Instrumentalist magazine discussing her teaching techniques and her band program at Pickens County Middle School and her band program at Young Harris College.  She has been presented the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on tweleve separate occasions and has been presented the Women Band Directors International Scroll of Excellence five times. Dr. Land was awarded the GMEA Music Educator of the Year Award for 2002.  Dr. Land was presented with the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Award at the 2002 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic for her contributions to music education.  Mary Land was selected by the national publication School Band and Orchestra in their December 2003 issue as one of “50 Directors Who make a Difference”. Mary Land’s band program was the recipient of the Georgia Senate Resolution 212 commending the success of the Pickens County Middle School Band Program.  Mary Land and the Pickens County Middle School Band were the 2003 recipient of the Magna Cum Laude Award, a prestigious International Award for Middle School Bands.

Dr. Land is published in the journals for the National Band Association, the Instrumentalist, Teaching Music (NAfME), School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.  Commissioning projects include works by Sam Hazo, Bill Locklear, and Barry Kopetz.

Bands under Mary Land’s direction have received invitations to perform at many music conferences and clinics on multiple years, including the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, the Southern Division MENC Convention, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, the University of Southern Mississippi Conductors’ Conference, and the University of Georgia Band Festival.

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dR. Shelby Chipman

Shelby Rawn Chipman, Ph.D. is professor of music at Florida A&M University (FAMU).  His responsibilities in the Department of Music include teaching Instrumental Music Education, Conducting, and assisting with coordinating student recitals and student teachers. Additionally, he serves as director of the Marching& Pep Bands, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and String Ensemble. 

He is a native of Miami, where he graduated from Miami Northwestern Senior High.  He received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Music Education from Florida A&M University, where he was conducting student of the late Dr. William P. Foster and Dr. Julian E. White. Professor Chipman completed his master’s degree in music education at the University of Illinois, and received his Ph.D. in music education from the Florida State University (FSU) College of Music, where he studied with Dr. Bentley Shellahamer. Dr. Chipman’s Dissertation concentration focused on “A Survey of Perceptions of At-Risk Students by Secondary School Band Directors.” He continues to research present on educator challenges with teaching in Urban School Districts.

Prior to his appointment at FAMU, he taught music in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for 10 years.  His band program at Miami Central High School developed into one of the finest band programs in the country.  As much as a teacher as he was a musician, Dr. Chipman was named Teacher of the Year during the 1993-94 school year.  Under his leadership the Rocket Marching band performed in the 1993, 1995, and 1997 King Orange Jamboree Parades, 1993 Heritage Festival (New Orleans), 1990-96 FAMU’s Homecoming Festivals (Tallahassee, Fla.), 1992-97 MLK Parades & Festival (St. Petersburg, Fla.), 1997 Macy’s Day Parade (New York City), and numerous other marching events. The Miami Central High School Symphonic Band performed at the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Festival in Indianapolis, IN.  During his tenure in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, he served as district secretary, chairman, ethics, all state, and the executive board of Florida Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Chipman is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), College Band Directors National Conference (CBDNA), Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Multicultural Network, and Bethel AME Church (Tallahassee).  He has coordinated numerous band festivals and had the pleasure of working with James Croft, James, Keene, Andre Thomas, Jim Sparks, Gary Green, Anthony Maiello, Alex Jimenez, and Eugene Corporon, who represent some of the finest conductors in the world.  In addition to working with these outstanding conductors, Dr. Chipman has presented music education and conducting clinics on several public school and college campuses, as well as given lectures at the FMEA conference, TMEA in San Antonio, TX, and Mid-West Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL. 

He currently serves as the Collegiate Advisor of Florida National Association for Music Education (NAfME) of the Florida Music Education Association, the Southern Division: NAfME Advisor of thirteen states and is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeastern United States and currently serves as music director/conductor of the Tallahassee Big Bend Community Orchestra, as well as the Florida collegiate advisor for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The Florida A&M University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands perform regularly on campus during the fall and spring semesters as well as at divisional, national, and professional music conferences. Under his direction, wind symphony has performed at the Florida Music Educators Association Conference in Tampa, Florida, Carnegie Hall, New York City, and has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Chipman has published numerous articles and completed research in the areas of instrumental conducting, at-risk student success and the student teaching experience.  His Dissertation focused on “A Survey of Perceptions of At-Risk Students by Florida Secondary School Band Directors.” He has also published articles in the Florida Music Director on Band Director Success and will be featured in the fall publication of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCU) Band Director Marching Band Digest.

Dr. Chipman is married to Detrick LaShawn, a fourth grade teacher at Kate Sullivan Elementary School (Tallahassee) and together they have one son, Israel Armenian Chipman, who is in his final year as student at Leon high school in Tallahassee. As an educator, Dr. Chipman believes that all students can learn.  He believes there are obstacles that create barriers, but through faith, guidance, and love anything can be accomplished.  “As educators, it is our responsibility to encourage students to maintain their focus. There is good in all and we are challenged to bring out the best in students, each day we open our doors in the class room.”

Roy Holder

Roy Holder received both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Music Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He spent 42 years as a high school band director working in the public schools of Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia.  Mr. Holder is a member of the East Tennessee Secondary Schools Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association, the founding President of the Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Mu, The American Bandmasters Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the School Bands Task Force, the National Band Association, where he currently serves as Immediate Past President, and also serves a Vice President and Co-Chair of the Sudler Flag of honor Committee for the John Philip Sousa Foundation.  Mr. Holder has been recognized with professional honors by the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Fairfax County Public Schools, Wolf Trap, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the National Band Association, the Sousa Foundation, the US Army Band, the National Symphony, and the accomplishments of the Lake Braddock Band program have twice been read into the US Congressional Record.  Mr. Holder is a member of the Virginia Honor Band Hall of Fame, the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Directors Hall of Fame and thee Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Hall of fame.  Ensembles conducted by Mr. Holder have consistently received Superior ratings in Concert, Marching, and Jazz Ensemble events at both the state and national levels.  In June of 2011 the Lake Braddock Secondary School Band was awarded the 30 year Honor Band Plaque by the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association for earning superior ratings at both the state Concert Festival and the State Marching Band Festivals for 30 consecutive years.  Additionally, ensembles under Mr. Holder’s direction have performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, the Federal Reserve, the Pentagon, 4 times at the Virginia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, 3 times for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, for the American Bandmasters Association Convention and recently completed a concert tour of China under the sponsorship of the US-China Cultural and Educational Foundation.  Mr. Holder continues to keep a busy schedule of adjudication and guest conducting events and remains an active advocate or bands and band music.

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Called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world.  Honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education," Dr. Boonshaft has recently been named Director of Education for Jupiter Band Instruments.  He has received official proclamations from the Governors of five states and a Certificate of Appreciation from former President Ronald Reagan, as well as performing for former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and for Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  He has been awarded membership in Pi Kappa Lambda and Alpha Chi, as well as twice receiving the University of Hartford Regent's Award and that University's Outstanding Music Educator Award.  His honors also include being selected three times as a National Endowment for the Arts "Artist in Residence,” three times awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, receiving the Al G. Wright Award from the WBDI, and being selected for the Center for Scholarly Research and Academic Excellence at Hofstra University.

He holds Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude), Master of Music Education in Conducting, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.  Dr. Boonshaft was also awarded a Connecticut General Fellowship for study at the Kodály Musical Training Institute, from which he holds a Certificate.  He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands.  He is Conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and professor of conducting and music education.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Boonshaft was on the faculty of Moravian College and the University of Hartford.  He was Founder and Music Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Honors Concert Band and the Connecticut Valley Youth Wind Ensemble.  In addition, he held the post of Music Director and Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston.

            Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise, as well as his first book for teachers of other disciplines, Teaching with Passion, Purpose and Promise.  He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s new beginning method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings, as well as Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Intermediate Concert Band and Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Advanced Concert Band.  In addition, he is the author of Vaclav Nelhybel: His Life and Works, the only authorized biography of the composer, a contributing author of The Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program, and author of articles for Instrumentalist Magazine, the National Band Association Journal, Teaching Music, and Band Director's Guide.  Dr. Boonshaft also holds the post of Band/Wind Ensemble Editor for the School Music News.  Active as a proponent of new literature for concert band, he has commissioned and conducted over forty world premieres by such notable composers as Eric Ewazen, W. Francis McBeth, Johan de Meij, Fisher Tull, H. Owen Reed, Vaclav Nelhybel, David Gillingham, Philip Sparke, Satoshi Yagisawa, Rossano Galante, Sam Hazo, Andrew Boysen, Brian Hogg, Robert W. Smith, David Holsinger, Stephen Melillo, Roland Barrett, and Jared Spears.  Among the soloists who have appeared in performance with Dr. Boonshaft are John Marcellus, Maynard Ferguson, Harvey Phillips, The Boston Brass, Eugene Rousseau, Marianne Gedigian, Ed Shaughnessy, Lynn Klock, Don Butterfield, The Dallas Brass, Dave Steinmeyer and the United States Air Force "Airmen of Note," Chester Schmitz, and the Vienna Schubert Trio.

Extremely active as a guest conductor, clinician and speaker for conferences, festivals, concerts and workshops nationally and internationally, he has guest conducted the NAfME (The National Association for Music Education) National High School Honors Band, NAfME All-Eastern Band, NAfME All-Northwest Band, NAfME All-Eastern Directors Band, Goldman Memorial Band, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band, U.S. Marine Band New Orleans, Western International Band Clinic, Prague Castle Guard/Czech Police Symphonic Band, U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools:  Europe Honors Music Fest Band, and the Association of Concert Bands National Conference Band.  In addition, he has been an adjudicator and clinician for the Music For All/Bands of America National Concert Band Festival.  He has served as a speaker for the Canadian Music Educators Association National Convention, NAfME National Conference, American Band College, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music For All/Bands and Orchestras of America Symposium, Samuel Barber Institute for Music Educators, Music Education Center of America, East Asia Regional Council of Schools in China, Singapore Ministry of Education Band Conference, KIPP National School Summit, NESA Council of Overseas Schools Conferences in Thailand and The Philippines, and as keynote speaker for the NAfME Northwest Division Conference, NAfME Southern Division Conference, European Music Educators Convention, National Convention of the American String Teachers Association, National Convention of the American School Band Directors Association, ACDA Western Division Conference, Maryborough Music Conference of Australia, National Conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and numerous international, national, state and regional music education conferences.

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