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IBA sponsors All-District Honor Band Sunday

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Indiana Bandmasters Association is sponsoring the West Central Indiana All-District Honor Band Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m., in the Northview High School Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Eighty-eight students from 19 high schools from throughout the west central Indiana area will participate.

This year's guest conductor is Ishbah Cox from Purdue University.

Cox, Assistant Professor of Bands at Purdue University, is the founder/director of the Purdue University Brass Choir, director of the Symphonic and Collegiate Bands, director of the Boiler Box Band (Women's Volleyball), and assistant director of the "All-American" Marching Band (AAMB).

As an arranger/publisher for the Dev Music Company, his marching/pep band arrangements have been performed before national audiences at Purdue athletic events and at a Bands of America Marching (BOA) Finals Exhibition Performance by the Purdue AAMB Trombone Section.

Some of the arrangements are popular on the Internet via YouTube.

Cox is in demand as a festival adjudicator, clinician and conductor. He has adjudicated concerts, marching and solo and ensemble festivals for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) and has served as a consultant and clinician in numerous Indiana schools and for music programs in the Metropolitan Nashville, Chicago, Mobile and Atlanta Public school systems.

Cox has conducted a number of groups, including the Lafayette Citizens' Band, the Kokomo Park Band, the Lafayette Symphony's Youth Orchestra, the Purdue University Wind Ensemble, and he has guest conducted the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra during its 2011 Eastern European Tour.

He also has guest conducted at the Auburn University Honor Band, Indiana Bandmasters Association Regional and District Honor Bands and the University of South Alabama Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

Cox holds professional memberships in the National Band Association (NBA), Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Kappa Kappa Psi and the Collegiate Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).

He holds honorary memberships with both the Gamma Pi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and Beta Sigma Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma (TBS) at Purdue University.

He serves on the board of directors of the Lafayette Citizens Band, as faculty advisor of the Gamma Pi Purdue University Kappa Kappa Psi chapter, and as a member of the Committee on Ethnicity and Gender Issues with the CBDNA.

A native of Notasulga, Ala., Cox received his bachelors degree in music education from Auburn University and his masters degree in music performance (euphonium) from the University of Alabama.

He is currently pursuing a doctorate of arts in wind conducting with a secondary specialization in euphonium performance at Ball State University.

A variety of traditional concert band music will be performed by the group Sunday.

For further information, call Rusty Bottomley, Assistant Director of Bands at Northview, at 448-2661 Ext. 1255 or e-mail bottomru@clay.k12.in.us.

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