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2017 High School Honor Band Guest Clinicians

Scott Boerma

Scott Boerma is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, where he conducts the University Symphonic Band and Western Winds. Prior to this appointment, he was the Associate Director of Bands, Director of the Michigan Marching Band, and the Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan. Before those positions, Boerma was the Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University, and he began his career teaching music in the Michigan public schools at Novi and Lamphere High Schools.

Boerma earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at Michigan State University and his Master of Music degree in music education from the University of Michigan, where he also studied composition with Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Western Michigan University, where he also studied composition with Ramon Zupko. Boerma has also studied composition with Anthony Iannaccone at Eastern Michigan University.

An active composer, Boerma’s concert band works have been performed by many outstanding ensembles, including “The President’s Own” Marine Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphony & Concert Bands, the Interlochen Arts Camp High School Symphonic Band, and the BOA Honor Band of America, to name just a few. His music has been heard in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Hill Auditorium, the Myerson Symphony Center, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and at the Chicago Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Boerma’s works have been featured in the popular GIA series, “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.” He is commissioned each year by high school, university and community bands to write new works for the repertoire.

Also a prolific arranger, Boerma receives yearly commissions to write music for many university and high school marching bands and drum and bugle corps. From 1989-2006 and from 2014-present, he has been the music arranger for the top-ranking Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.  From 2008-2013, he arranged for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. Additionally, Boerma has arranged for drum and bugle corps and bands from Japan, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Thailand. Other credits include marching band arrangements for the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Texas (both Austin and Arlington), the University of Illinois, Purdue University, Towson University, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Jacksonville State University, and Western Michigan University, to name just a few. Most of the Big Ten university marching bands have performed Boerma’s arrangements. Boerma also writes arrangements for the Detroit Chamber Winds Brass.

Boerma is active as a band/orchestra conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. He serves as a guest conductor for several honor bands and community bands throughout the nation each year, including the Music For All Summer Symposium Concert Band, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival State High School Honor Band, and the Michigan All-State Middle School Band. Boerma has given composing, arranging, adjudicating and educational clinics at the Michigan Music Conference in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, Michigan, the CBDNA North Central Division Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, and the BOA Summer Symposium in Normal, Illinois. He conducts the Detroit Chamber Winds Brass holiday and summer DSO Concerts, and he served for several years as conductor of one of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp High School Bands in Twin Lake, Michigan. 

Boerma is the Michigan state representative for the College Band Directors National Association, for which he is also a member of its Constitution Task Force. He is also the president of the Mid-American Conference Band Directors Association. He is a member of CBDNA, WASBE, the National Band Association, , the American School Band Directors Association, ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Band Fraternities.

Dr. John Pasquale

Dr. John D. Pasquale is a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Michigan serving as associate director of Bands, director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, and the Donald R. Shepherd Assistant Professor of Conducting. In this position, he directs and oversees the athletic band program, conducts the University Band, guest conducts the Symphony Band, Symphony Band Chamber Winds and Concert Band, and teaches classes in rehearsal pedagogy and wind literature. Prior to this appointment, Pasquale served as the assistant director of Bands at U-M.

Receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, Pasquale served as a conducting associate to the Wind Symphony, Opera Orchestra, "The Pride of Oklahoma" Marching Band, New Century Ensemble, Faculty Composer Concert Series, Symphony Band, Concert Band, and the Weitzenhoffer Family Department of Musical Theatre. In addition, he was an adjunct instructor and graduate teaching assistant within the Music Education Department. He holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Pasquale has served as an ensemble music consultant to the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from Boston, Massachusetts. He held positions of associate brass caption manager of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California, and ensemble music instructor of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois. Through his teaching at the Cavaliers, Pasquale was a contributor to the instructional DVD entitled, The Cavaliers Brass: From the Concert Hall to the Football Field, which has been met with international acclaim. During his tenure from 2002-2009, the Cavaliers were named Drum Corps International World Champions three times and received two Jim Ott Awards for "Excellence in Brass Performance."

Prior to attending graduate school, Pasquale conducted an internationally recognized and competitive middle school wind ensemble holding the position of director of Bands at Griffin Middle School in The Colony, Texas, within the Lewisville Independent School District.

Pasquale is in demand as a conductor, clinician, pedagogue, and adjudicator in band and orchestra programs throughout the United States and Europe.

David Clemmer

Dr. David Clemmer is the Interim Director of Bands of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. In this capacity, he conducts the U–H Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, and oversees the graduate wind conducting program and athletic bands.

Prior to his present appointment, Dr. Clemmer was the director of bands at Eastern Kentucky University where he led all aspects of the band and graduate wind conducting programs. Before this, he served in residence at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Professor Steven D. Davis. As a wind conductor at the conservatory, Clemmer conducted the Conservatory Wind Symphony, the Wind Ensemble, and the Graduate Chamber Players, taught undergraduate conducting, and coordinated ensemble performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as the national conference for the College Band Director’s National Association.  As an advocate for new music, Dr. Clemmer worked in collaboration with world-renown composers, including John Corigliano, Zhou Long, Jim Mobberley, and Paul Rudy.

Dr. Clemmer served as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kansas from 2006 to 2011.  In addition to conducting the Symphonic Band and teaching courses in music education, Clemmer oversaw all aspects of the KU athletic bands, including the Marching Jayhawks, the basketball bands, volleyball band, and various pep bands. Groups under his direction represented KU at the national level in the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and the 2008 Insight Bowl.  The KU Symphonic Band was featured by invitation at the Kansas Music Educator’s Association convention, a first for the ensemble in over two decades.  Prior to KU, Dr. Clemmer held similar positions at Sam Houston State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and as the Associate Director of Bands at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas.  During his tenure as a high school director, Dr. Clemmer’s concert ensembles received superior and best in class awards at state and national festivals, the marching band was selected to the Texas State Marching Contest, and the jazz program expanded toinclude two jazz ensembles, both consistently receiving top honors at regional and national festivals.

In the genre of marching and pageantry arts, Dr. Clemmer has served as the Brass Caption Manager of the Boston Crusaders and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and taught ensemble music as a member of the brass staff of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Through his teaching at the Cavaliers, Clemmer was a contributor to the instructional DVD entitled, The Cavaliers Brass: From the Concert Hall to the Football Field, which has been met with international acclaim. During his tenure from 2002-2009, the Cavaliers were awarded three Drum Corps International world champion titles and two Jim Ott Awards for “Excellence in Brass Performance.” 

Dr. Clemmer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Music degree with emphasis in Music Business and Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Former teachers and mentors include Steven D. Davis, Joseph Parisi, Dr. William K. Wakefield, Brian Britt, David Bertman, Ray Lichentenwalter, and Dr. Rick Bogard.  David is also a former trumpet student of Mr. John J. Haynie, trumpet professor emeritus at the University of North Texas. Professional affiliations include the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Kentucky and Texas Music Educators Associations, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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