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Dr. John R. Locke
Since 1982, Dr. John R. Locke has served on the UNCG School of Music Faculty as Director of Bands, Director of Summer Music Camps, conductor of the Wind Ensemble, and conducting teacher. He holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from West Virginia University and the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Illinois. Prior to his arrival in North Carolina, Dr. Locke held teaching positions in music at West Virginia University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Illinois. He has conducted band performances throughout the country including National Conventions of the MENC, CBDNA, ABA, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York City. Twice, the UNCG Wind Ensemble earned critical acclaim from The Washington Post newspaper following concert performances in the nation's capital. Under Locke's leadership, the UNCG Wind Ensemble has released 15 commercially available compact discs. In addition, he has guest conducted the U.S. Air Force Band, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Navy Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony as well as numerous university bands and all-state honor bands.
Dr. Locke has served as Editor of The North Carolina Music Educator and has published articles on band and wind ensemble literature in the Journal of Band Research and in Winds Quarterly. He is Past-President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association representing 2,200 members. Dr. Locke is a recipient of Phi Mu Alpha's Orpheus Award and has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on three occasions. He is a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota. In 1989, Dr. Locke was among the youngest conductors ever to be elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 1994, he received the Phi Beta Mu International Fraternity Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year Award, presented at the Mid-West International Band Clinic in Chicago. Dr. Locke is Past-President of the Southern Division of College Band Directors National Association and hosted the Southern Division Convention at UNCG in February 2000. In 2002, Dr. Locke was nominated for the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest award in the 16-campus UNC System. He also received the "Outstanding Music Teacher Award" in the UNCG School of Music in 2003. In 2005, Dr. Locke was elected President of the American Bandmasters Association and received the Albert Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association. In 2007, he received The Old North State Award from NC Governor Mike Easley "for dedication and service beyond excellence to the state of North Carolina." In 2009, Locke became Editor of the Journal of Band Research, a scholarly publication begun in 1962.
At UNCG, Dr. Locke is the founder and director of the Summer Music Camp program, now the largest university music camp in America, enrolling over 1,700 students annually and served by a staff of 150 professionals. He is also the founder of the Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference. Since 1977, he has administered summer music camps for over 55,000 students. He is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for band festivals throughout the United States and Canada.
Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi
Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi is Associate Director of Bands and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In this capacity, he conducts the UNCG Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Casella Sinfonietta, and is associate conductor of the UNCG Wind Ensemble. In addition, he teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and directs the Wind Ensemble chamber music program. He coordinates the Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference and is associate director of the UNCG Summer Music Camp. Previously, he served as Director of Bands at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, from 2000-2002, as director of bands for the Westchester Public Schools in Westchester, IL, from 1996-1998, and as assistant conductor of the Central Illinois and Michigan Youth Symphonies.
Dr. Geraldi appears regularly as a guest conductor and he maintains an active schedule as a clinician throughout the country. He has presented clinics at the North Carolina and South Carolina Music Educators Association Conferences, and at National and Southern Division CBDNA Conventions. With the UNCG Wind Ensemble, he has performed in the Music Center at Strathmore, at the national CBDNA convention in Austin, Texas, at the NCMEA conference, and on several commercially available compact discs. As a member of the Franklin Park Brass Quintet, Dr. Geraldi has toured the Midwest, New England, and South Carolina, performing recitals and conducting brass and chamber music masterclasses. A proponent of contemporary music and chamber music, he has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions and published articles in the Music Educators Journal, the Journal of Band Research, the Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and volume 7 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. His compact disc leading the Minerva Chamber Players, featuring nonets by Johannes Brahms and Louise Farrenc, is available on the Centaur Records label.
Dr. Geraldi holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in instrumental conducting from the University of Michigan where he studied with H. Robert Reynolds and Michael Haithcock. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he studied conducting with Steven Eggleston. As a trombonist, his principal teachers have been Thomas Streeter, H. Dennis Smith, David Jackson, and Edward Kleinhammer. Dr. Geraldi is a recipient of the Thelma A. Robinson Award, an award given biennially by the Conductors Guild and the National Federation of Music Clubs. He is a member of the Conductors Guild, the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the International Trombone Association, and a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota.
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