Featuring Michael Burritt, percussion & Charles Ross, Timpani
GRAMMY Award winner Jeff Tyzik, one of America’s most innovative and sought after pops conductors began his association with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Donald Hunsberger at the Eastman School of Music in 1970. Tyzik considers his time in the EWE as one of the most important influences in his 40-year career in music. Through his association with the EWE’s current director Mark Scatterday, Tyzik has composed several new works for the ensemble and has enjoyed producing EWE recordings. He considers his reconnection with the EWE to be one of the most important and meaningful parts of his musical life.
Jeff Tyzik is currently the Principal Pops Conductor with the Detroit, Dallas, Oregon and Florida orchestras and has held the Principal Pops Conductor position with the Rochester Philharmonic for the past twenty-five orchestra seasons.
The Eastman Wind Ensemble is America’s leading wind ensemble. Frederick Fennell first formulated the general concept of the wind ensemble at Eastman nearly 65 years ago. Under his leadership the group became known as the pioneering force in the wind ensemble movement in the United States and abroad. A. Clyde Roller served as conductor between 1962 and 1964, continuing the tradition established by Fennell. Donald Hunsberger became conductor in 1965 and led the ensemble for 37 years to international prominence. The ensemble’s current director, Mark Davis Scatterday, was introduced as the fourth conductor of this prestigious group during the EWE’s 50th anniversary celebration on February 8, 2002.
Mark Davis Scatterday is Professor of Conducting and Chair of the Conducting and Ensembles Department at the Eastman School of Music. <i>As only the fourth conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Scatterday joined a prestigious line of conductors in the past sixty-plus years of the famed ensemble.