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Musical Guests Share Expertise with LHS Band Members
Friday, May 10, 2019
Each year, some of the most talented musicians from across the country stop by Liverpool High School to share their expertise and work with the school’s band members.
Bare Bones Trombone Quartet – featuring local musicians Pete Sanborn, Howie Lynne, Bill Harris and Jim Lamica – recently stopped by to perform for members of the LHS Symphonic Band and provide a master class for the band’s trombonists. The quartet performs a wide variety of music – from classical to jazz to television show theme songs - and has played together for years. Individually they have performed with United States military bands, brass & jazz bands, Gap Mangione’s Big Band, and many more. When not performing as members of Bare Bones Trombone Quartet they serve as band directors, ensemble directors and music professors.
Darryl Bott, director of university bands, wind conducting & music education at Rutgers University, recently served as guest conductor for the annual LHS Festival of Bands. A 30-year teaching veteran of the public schools in New Jersey, Bott served 17 years as director of bands at Roxbury High School and district lead teacher for performing arts before accepting the position at Rutgers in 2005. Since then, Bott has established programs such as a regional Concert Band Festival and an “Artist in Residence” series, featuring guest artists such as Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, H. Robert Reynolds, Edward Lisk, Mallory Thompson, Jerry Junkin, James Keane, and Dennis Fisher.
Finally, Dr. Shanti Simon, director of bands at the University of Oklahoma, rehearsed with members of the LHS Symphonic Band prior to serving as guest conductor for the band’s joint concert with the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble. Simon conducts the OU Wind Symphony and leads Oklahoma University’s graduate and undergraduate wind conducting programs. Prior to joining the faculty, Simon was the flight commander and associate conductor with The United States Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs. Simon earned her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music degrees from Stetson University.