For this special bonus episode I recorded three interviews in the exhibit hall at the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association Convention. The guests are composer Jack Wilds, composer Haley Woodrow, and Keith Kelly, the founder of the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
Jack Wilds' music has been performed at state educators’ conferences across the country and in international venues including the Midwest Clinic, the International Trombone Festival, and the Slider Asia Clinic in Hong Kong. His works for concert band have been selected to the J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice List and the Bandworld Top 100. In addition to his career as a composer Mr. Wilds is an active clinician and music educator. He lives in Kyle, Texas with his family.
Haley Woodrow loves to partner with performers in crafting musical experiences that offer listeners an active role. Her music reflects a broad range of influences and genres, and combines styles as a primary objective.
Haley’s compositions have received awards from the National Band Association (for And it Begins), the Texas Music Educators Association (for And it Begins and March for Jazz), the MACRO Composition Competition (for Place of the Pike: Then and Now) and the Noteflight Big Band Composition Contest (for Something Entirely Different). Alfred, Hal Leonard, Barnhouse and MurphyMusicPress offer published versions of several of her compositions and she also actively self-publishes through her company, Woodrow Music.
As an educator, Haley currently is an Adjunct Instructor for both Tarrant County College and Weatherford College. Haley served as the staff Orchestra Director and Arranger for Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, completing approximately 500 arrangements and establishing a home production studio in 2012. Haley began her musical journey as a trumpet player, and has performed professionally and taught many students privately for well over a decade.
Haley graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in jazz studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and earned her Master’s of Music in composition from Texas Christian University. She currently lives in Bedford, Texas with her husband Jonathan Woodrow and is an avid CrossFitter and contributing member of Gateway Church of Southlake.
Having studied clarinet and saxophone in Dublin’s Artane School of Music, Keith Kelly joined the Irish Defence Forces Band in 2004. Here he served as principal clarinettist of the Band of the Western Command for over 10 years and featured as a clarinet and saxophone soloist on many occasions. During this time, Keith was actively involved within Irish community banding. As a conductor and administrator, Keith assisted in the founding of successful Irish concert bands such as the Clara Town Band and Midlands Wind Ensemble, both of which would go on to win national awards at the IABCB and South of Ireland Band Championships. In 2014, Keith and a team of other passionate music educators and performers founded the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, an ensemble of almost 100 performers from throughout Ireland. This ensemble was formed to promote the highest quality of wind band repertoire, and after only 3 years has worked with international icons such as Johan de Meij, Philip Sparke and Mark Heron. In 2017 Keith was privileged to be part of this ensemble as it represented Irish community banding on the world stage at WASBE in Utrecht, Netherlands. Keith now works in the performing arts department of Celtic Horizon Tours, working with an experienced and dedicated team in bringing performing arts groups from around the globe to visit Ireland and experience its unique musical heritage
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