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Festival of Winds


The 11th Annual

Festival of Winds
February 14 ​- 16, 2019

The CSU-Pueblo Festival of Winds has continued to grow in size and participation from the very beginning. Starting with just one honor band in 2009, the Festival has expanded to include four director recommended honor bands by its sixth year, with more than 360 high school students representing high schools across Colorado and neighboring states. The philosophy of the festival is based on the idea that band directors from all high schools know who their deserving students are. Therefore, we leave it up to the high school band directors to recommend up to 15 students for participation. All directors who submit names are ensured to have at least two students selected for participation, with a small caveat that if only one or two students are recommend, they might not be selected depending on instrumentation needs and age of students. Selected students are then given performance materials to prepare for their audition, which takes place at the start of the festival. Those students who rate highest in the audition process are placed in one of two Wind Orchestra. Students who are not selected for the Wind Orchestra are placed in one of two Symphonic Bands, which are equally weighted in ability based on audition results.

However, this is not just a University Honor Band weekend. This Festival of Winds enriches the experience for all students through small group rehearsals and master classes with our CSU-Pueblo applied faculty and all participants enjoy a weekend concert series. Past performances have included the Fountain Creek Brass Band, The United States Air Force Academy Band, a CSU-Pueblo Faculty Recital, and performances by the University Wind Ensemble. Each year, the Festival of Winds also brings in notable national and international guest clinicians to conduct each of the honor bands. Additionally, participating music teachers can register for graduate credit (1 or 2 credit options are available) and participate in the conducting master class where they will conduct the University Wind Ensemble.

How can band directors increase the likeliness of more students to be selected for participation?

There are some general guidelines that are used when selecting students for participation. Factors (in no particular order) that increase the likeliness that a student will be selected include:

  • High School age/class. Upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) stand a better chance to be selected over underclassmen (freshman and sophomores).
  • Students who have participated in previous Festivals may be given some preference to return again in the future
  • Instrumentation is always a key factor in developing balanced bands. Therefore, we encourage Band Directors to always submit students who represent diverse instrumentation. Generally speaking, we tend to receive a lot of recommendations for the following instruments: Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, & Percussion. However, students stand a greater chance to be selected if they play an instrument from one of the following areas: Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, & String Bass


Each fall there are deadlines set to ensure a timely execution of the festival. Band Director Recommendations can be submitted at any time after the start of each fall school year. A priority deadline for Director recommendations takes place on the Friday BEFORE the week of Thanksgiving each November. High School Band Directors who submit at least five names of diverse instrumentation that are submitted by this date are ensured to have at least two students selected for participation in the honor bands. However, Directors are encouraged to continue to submit recommendations up until the start of the festival based on space availability. For a complete list of deadlines, please see the Greeting Letter under the Festival Documents tab at the left side of your screen.


2019 Festival Schedule


Each year's participation roster will be posted above by Mid-January or sooner each year.

Additional Dates

Generally speaking, All Band Directors who submit names for participation will be notified of those who have been selected for participation prior to the January 1st each year. When possible, rosters will be sent out sooner. Similarly, notification will be sent out when audition materials are ready to be downloaded from this web site so that students can begin preparations for their auditions. Rest assured that ALL directors will be notified at the same time (via the email address used when registering students online) when both the participation Rosters and Audition Materials are available.

If you have difficulty using the online submission forms or have any questions at all regarding the Festival, please contact the Festival Director, Dr. Alan Mills, at


Alan W. Mills
Director, Festival of Winds

Ryan van Gilder
Assistant Director, Festival of Winds

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The 2019 Festival of Winds Guest Clinicians/Conductors

The 2019 Festival of Winds Guest Clinicians/Conductors:

Surapol Thunyawiboon

Surapol Thunyawiboon
Director of Bands
Kasetsart University
Bangkok, Thailand 

Professor Surapol Thunyawiboon serves as the Director of Bands, Head of the Western Music Division, and Music Director of the Wind Symphony at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also participated in the Concert Band Program in Tenri, Nara, Japan and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

A familiar face with many Asian and Singapore bands, Professor Thunyawiboon is known to be one of the most distinguished conductors from Thailand. He has worked with bands in many countries and led ensembles to garner outstanding achievements in local and international music events.

Professor Thunyawiboon graduated from the Chulalongkorn University and has participated in many significant international events. His involvement in the performing arts scene includes being the Show Director of the "United of Asia" Performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 13th Asia Games and the Coordinator for the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation at the Special Concert in Celebration of His Majesty's Golden Jubilee performance by the World Philharmonic Orchestra.

Professor Thunyawiboon conducted the Bangkok Christian College Band Wat Suthiwararam School Band, the latter of which clinched the First Prize with Distinction and Trophy of the Week at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands in 1996 under his leadership.


 Chan Wang
Chan Wang
Associate Professor of Conducting
National Kaohsiung Normal University

Professor Chan Wang currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Music at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan. He is also the Music Director of the Kaohsiung City Wind Orchestra. With a major in trumpet at the National Taiwan Academy of Arts (now the National Taiwan University of Arts), a double major in trumpet and opera conducting at the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, and a master of music in orchestral conducting at Soochow University, Chan Wang has been seen in performances with major orchestras, such as the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. He later became Concertmaster of the Wings of the Angel Symphonic Band and Conductor of the TNUA Wind Ensemble. Wang has played Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat major with the Taipei Wind Orchestra & Symphonic Band under the baton of Professor Leonard Yui-Biau Hou and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Musica Viva! from Russia as the solo trumpeter. He also participated in a Postgraduate conducting program at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (the mdw).

Since returning from his overseas studies, Wang has held around 30 to 40 concerts every year. To date, the school bands and orchestras under his direction have won 55 regional and national championships in the National Student Competition of Music. Bands and orchestras under his leadership have toured internationally to the US, Canada, Austria, Japan, Australia, China, Malaysia, and Singapore. During his term as Resident Conductor of the NTSO Wind Ensemble, Wang conducted a concert featuring German Brass from Germany. He also collaborated with German opera director P. Müller at the NTCH Opera Studio and explored the profound world of opera with Professor Dau-Hsiong Tseng. In 2007, Wang became Resident Conductor of the Thunder Tune Choir and Orchestra.

As the music director of the Kaohsiung City Wind Orchestra since 2012, Wang has invited internationally-renowned solo musicians to play concertos with the orchestra, including Principal Trumpet Gábor Tarkövi at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, former Principal Trumpet Giuliano Sommerhalder at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Principal Horn Player in the Munich Philharmonic, French clarinet soloist Paul Meyer, and former Concertmaster Nobuya Sugawa at the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. In 2013, under the invitation of the then-Chairperson Hui-Chun Lin of the Department of Music at the Tainan National University of the Arts, Wang conducted The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart in a co-production between the university symphony orchestra and the Creation Opera Institute. In 2014, Wang was invited to conduct the Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra in Beijing, China as the first guest conductor ever of the orchestra. Since 2015, Wang has been the conductor of the National Kaohsiung Normal University Symphony Orchestra and the wind ensemble of the university’s Department of Music. Previous positions include: Resident Conductor, NTSO Wind Ensemble; Conductor, NTCH Opera Studio; Concertmaster, Wings of the Angel Symphonic Band; Guest Conductor, Academy of Taiwan Strings; Resident Conductor, Thunder Tune Choir and Orchestra; Advisor, National Student Competition of Music; Principal Trumpet and Assistant Conductor, Taipei Wind Orchestra & Symphonic Band; Lecturer of Trumpet, Department of Music, Shih Chien University; Conductor, NCTU Wind Band; Conductor, NCCU Wind Band; Conductor, Sound by Ourselves Wind Ensemble.


Miss MA Shun-yi Fanny
Miss MA Shun-yi Fanny
Resident Conductor
Hong Kong Festival Wind Orchestra 

MA Shun-yi Fanny began her musical training on piano with Mr. Tse Pan Hang and clarinet with Mr. Carl Choi at her early ages. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2004 majoring in music. Her teachers included the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Assistant Principal Clarinet Mr. John Schertle; Dr. Chan Hing Yan and Dr. Joshua Chan in composition studies. She was awarded the Rayson Huang Scholarships in Music, The Hong Kong Austrian Education Foundation Scholarship and Bernard Van Zuiden Prize. In cessation to her study at University of Hong Kong, in 2006, MA received a graduate assistantship to continue her master study in conducting at State University of New York at Fredonia. Her principal teachers in conducting are Dr. Paula Holcomb and Maestro Timothy Reynish.

In 2010, MA was also invited to be the adjudicator for the 21st Century International Arts Festival wind band competition in Malaysia. At present, MA serves as the resident conductor of the Hong Kong Festival Wind Orchestra and led the Hong Kong Festival Wind Orchestra in participating the Singapore International Band Festival (SIBF) 2010, and was awarded the Gold Prize (1st prize) in open division.

Apart from conducting, MA has been actively promoting wind band music in Hong Kong, served as resource manager (2012-14) and secretary (2014-16) of Hong Kong Band Directors Association from 2012-2016, organising various concerts with local and overseas wind band composers.

Passionate in music education, MA is currently the conductor of Po Leung Kuk Luk Hing Too Primary school band and St. Paul’s school (Lam Tin) Orchestra.


Dr. Nipat Kanchanahud
Dr. Nipat Kanchanahud
Conductor, Kasetsart Wind Symphony
Bangkok, Thailand 

Nipat Kanchanahud, D.M.A. is a full-time faculty at Department of Western Music, Faculty of Humanities, Kasetsart University. While he is the Conductor in Residence of Kasetsart University Wind Symphony, Nipat has collaborated with many world-class musicians and composers namely Prof. Boris Berman, famous pianist and professor from Yale University, Dr. Indhuon Srikaranonda a famous pianist from Thailand, Dr. Timothy Thompson, a well known Hornist from University of Arkansas, Jan Van de Roost, and Satoshi Yagisawa. 

Dr. Nipat Kanchanahud completed Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind conducting performance (D.M.A. Conducting Performance) from University of North Texas, Denton TX, U.S.A. where he was a doctoral conducting associate of North Texas Wind Studies as well as guest conductor of North Texas Wind Symphony, North Texas Symphonic Band, and North Texas Concert band. He was also a graduate teaching fellow of Wind Conducting class of Prof. Eugene M. Corporon and Prof. Dennis W. Fisher. While studying, Nipat has been the drill formation designer of “The Green Brigade” UNT Marching Band since 2004 – 2006, and 2012 – 1015 under the direction of Dr. Nicholas E Williams. In addition, he studied horn with Prof.William Scharnberg and was a horn player of North Texas Wind Symphony. A native of Krabi Province, Dr. Nipat started his music education in Bangkok while in secondary school at Wat Suthiwararam School, one of Thailand's leading schools for wind band. He grew up in the environment of wind band during his 6 years in secondary school and was selected to be a band - leader for the last two years of his studies.

Dr.Nipat graduated from the Department of Music, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Chulalongkorn University with 2nd Class Honors in 1990, where he had a chance for the first time to take conducting class with Associate Professor Dr. Thongsuang Israngkur na Ayudhya, which led him to pursue his future career as one of Thailand’s most prominent wind band conductors and directors. In August 2006 he completed Master of Music degree in Wind conducting (M.M. Wind Conducting) from University of North Texas, Denton TX, U.S.A. where he was a master’s conducting associate at University of North Texas Wind Studies.

Having been appointed as a horn player of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra between 1988-1995, Dr. Nipat had many opportunities to perform and work with famous conductors and musicians. He passed the audition to participate in the “1st ASEAN Symphonic Band Workshop” in Singapore in April 1992. Later that year he was selected among youth from all Asian countries to participate in the “Asian Youth Orchestra Music Camp and Concert Tours 1992”.

Dr. Nipat is regarded as one of Thailand's most famous drill formation designers and has conducted workshops on drill design for many occasions In 1998, he was selected to be the Drill Formation Director of the 13th ASIAN GAMES’ opening and closing ceremonies.

In 2011, he was invited to conduct the Wind Ensemble at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  While in residence, he worked with music performance and education students in the conducting class. In 2012-2015, as a doctoral conducting associate of North Texas Wind Studies, he was a guest conductor of North Texas Wind Symphony, North Texas Symphonic Band, and North Texas Concert band. He was invited to conduct Ohio University Wind Symphony on Spring 2014 Concert and 2015 Summer Concert.

Dr. Nipat Kanchanahud has served as a jury member in many prestigious marching band competitions worldwide. He was one of the jury members of Show Band Competition and Concert Percussion Competition at the World Music Contest 2005, 2009 and in 2017 in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, where he also participated in the 3rd International Round Table Conference at Rolduc Conference Center in July 2005. Moreover, he was invited from the World Association of Marching Show Band to be in the judges panel of the World Marching Show Band Championships throughout the world. In 1998 and 2008 he was invited by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Singapore to sit in the panel of judges for “Grand National Marching Band Competition”.

Dr.Nipat Kanchanahud was a recipient of the University of North Texas Academic and Graduate Assistantship Tuition Scholarship Award while he was studying his doctoral degree.  In addition, he is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity. He is a sought-after recording, associate producer, and editor, having been involved with numerous CDs and DVDs on the Klavier, Mark Records, GIA, and UNT labels.

In addition to his work in the recording arts, he has written conductor study guides that are published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series Vol.10 (2015), Middle School (2015), and Vol.11 (2017)


Benjamin Yeo
Guest Composer-In-Residence:
Benjamin Yeo

Benjamin Yeo is a Singaporean composer-conductor who is internationally notable for his original wind band works. Being very active in the local band scene, he has guest-performed for many tertiary/professional groups on the trumpet and E-flat horn, as well as guest-conducted various ensembles in Singapore. His experience in band directing has enabled him to work with students across a wide spectrum of educational institutions from primary to tertiary levels. As a conductor, he has learnt under the mentorship of prominent professors in the field such as Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Steven Davis and Dr. Shawn Vondran from the USA.

Yeo started writing and arranging music for wind bands and ensembles at the age of fifteen before learning under the tutelage of his principal teacher, Dr. Kelly Tang and seminars under Dr. Zechariah Goh. His works have since been performed in both local and overseas festivals/concerts, and have also been featured on both national and international platforms such as the locally held Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation for Brass/Concert Bands and the prestigious Midwest Clinic, an annual International Band and Orchestra Conference held in Chicago, Illinois. He has also been invited to serve as an adjudicator for events such as the Junior Band Festival in Singapore and the All Chinese Wind Band Competition in Taiwan. Benjamin is very active as a guest clinician and conductor with invitations locally and overseas.

Most of his music has been published by C. L. Barnhouse Company, as well as Beriato Music (Belgium) and Tierolff Muziekcentrale (The Netherlands), both reputable publishing houses in Europe. A number of his works have also been ranked the Top 100 of over 800 titles in the American Band College/Band World Magazine/Western International Band Clinic Literature Lists and have been recorded by renowned ensembles like the Washington Winds in the USA, the Royal Netherlands Army Band ‘Johan Willem Friso’, Rundfunk Blasorchester Leipzig, Royal Band of the Belgian Guides and The Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force in Europe. Most recently, his "Winds of Niagara" won the Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition and was premiered in March 2017 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center by the Dallas Winds. As an active and well sought-after published composer, Yeo writes largely commissioned works and is a member of the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS).

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