Conference Brings Respected Bands to RiverCenter

COLUMBUS, Ga. - RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will teem with leading high school, college and community bands from around the Southeast Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 27-29 as CSU, for the first time, hosts the biennial conference for the Southern Division College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and National Band Association.

While the National Band Association will bring top high school and community band musicians and conductors, the CBDNA side of the conference will feature the CSU Wind Ensemble and seven other outstanding Southeast college bands selected for the conference.

The bands will perform 16 full concerts, all free and open to the public:

• 2 p.m., Florida Atlantic University, Legacy Hall
• 3:30 p.m., Sebastian River High School (Fla.), Bill Heard Theatre
• 7 p.m., Cobb Wind Symphony (Ga.), Bill Heard Theatre
• 8:30 p.m., CSU Wind Ensemble and CSU Choral Union, Legacy Hall

• 9:30 a.m., Taravella High School (Fla.), Legacy Hall
• 11 a.m., Deland High School (Fla.), Bill Heard Theatre
• 1 p.m., Northern Kentucky University, Legacy Hall
• 4 p.m., Georgia Tech, Bill Heard Theatre
• 7 p.m., Tara Winds (Ga.), Bill Heard Theatre
• 8:30 p.m., Liberty University (Va.), Legacy Hall

• 10:30 a.m., Austin Peay State University (Tenn.), Legacy Hall
• 11 a.m., Niceville High School (Fla.), Bill Heard Theatre
• 1 p.m., Satellite High School (Fla.), Legacy Hall
• 4 p.m., University of Alabama-Birmingham, Bill Heard Theatre
• 7 p.m., Middle Tennessee State University Concert, Legacy Hall
• 8:30 p.m.,Southern Division Intercollegiate Band Concert, Bill Heard Theatre

The 8:30 p.m. Wednesday concert marks the third time the CSU Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform for the conference. The ensemble, conducted by professor and conference coordinator Robert Rumbelow and the Choral Union with conductor Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair and Director of Choral Activities, will perform works by David Gillingham (resident composer for the conference), Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms and Karel Husa.

“It’s a great honor for us to host this event, ”Rumbelow said. “The amazing number of concerts and sessions is only surpassed by the quality of these events (concerts and lectures) in a tight three-day schedule. I encourage everyone to take in at least two or three of these high-quality ensembles that competed for the prestigious invitation to be included on the program for this conference.”

Rumbelow also said CSU is well equipped to host such an event: “Not only do we have a world-class facility, but we can do it with high professional style,” he said. “Aside from the obvious service to the profession, hosting such conferences significantly allows our students to attend top performances and lecture-repertoire sessions, and have many other important experiences without cost of travel.”

Additionally, said Rumbelow, “the city of Columbus benefits economically with several hotels completely booked and lots of restaurant activity.”

For more information on the conference, including a full schedule, go to or contact Rumbelow at 706-649-7252.