Date of Award

Spring 5-2008

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. Thomas Fraschillo

Committee Chair Department

Music

Committee Member 2

Dr. Gary Odom

Committee Member 2 Department

Music

Committee Member 3

Dr. Steven Moser

Committee Member 3 Department

Music

Committee Member 4

Dr. Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 4 Department

Music

Committee Member 5

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 5 Department

Music

Abstract

The Tara Winds Community Band is an all-adult symphonic band based in Jonesboro, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. In its short twenty-year history, the ensemble has gained national recognition and has performed for a variety of audiences at regional and national conventions. Over seventy percent of the members are active or retired band directors from the metropolitan Atlanta area or are in the music profession as an elementary music teacher or private instructor. The ensemble contributes to the wind band repertoire through its commissioning project, and supports the community through its scholarship foundation. The information provided about this ensemble may be used as a model for conductors beginning community ensembles, as well as to assist conductors of existing community ensembles through referring to challenges faced and met by the Tara Winds.

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