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The Northwest Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Bell, will be featured in March at the Small Band Program Showcase during the 2017 College Band Directors Association (CBDNA) National Conference.(Northwest Missouri State University photo)

The Northwest Wind Symphony, under the direction of John Bell, will be featured in March at the Small Band Program Showcase during the 2017 College Band Directors Association (CBDNA) National Conference.(Northwest Missouri State University photo)

    Nov. 17, 2016

    Bell, Wind Symphony to be showcased at national conference

    John Bell, director of bands and orchestra and artist-in-residence at Northwest Missouri State University, will represent the Northwest Wind Symphony as a participant in the first-ever Small Band Program Showcase during the 2017 College Band Directors Association (CBDNA) National Conference March 15-18 in Kansas City, Missouri. 

    Bell is among 10 conductors selected from submissions evaluated by a blind jury of CBDNA members. Each of the selected conductors will present a brief introduction and their showcase recordings across two sessions at the Kansas City conference.

    “This is a tremendous honor for Northwest bands, the music area and our University,” Bell said.

    The Northwest Wind Symphony is the University’s premiere instrumental ensemble. The 60-piece wind and percussion ensemble performs the best standard selections in addition to the most recent repertoire from all styles and periods. It regularly commissions and premieres new works, performs with guest soloists and conductors of national and international standing. The ensemble has been invited to perform for the Missouri Music Educators Association six times and will perform at its In-Service Workshop/Conference in January.

    Bell joined the Northwest faculty in 2013. In addition to conducting the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra at Northwest, his duties include teaching instrumental conducting, advanced instrumental conducting and string methods. He also supervises instrumental music education student teachers, and is a co-director of the Northwest Summer Music Camp.

    For more information about the Northwest Wind Symphony and other music ensembles at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/finearts/music/.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468