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Guest Conductors

John Falskow is an Instructor of Music at Tacoma Community College where he serves as Program Chair of the Humanities, and Music Department Chair.  John conducts the Tacoma Community College Orchestra, Symphonic Band and teaches a variety of classes in the music curriculum.  He also is the conductor of Puget Brass, a Seattle based British style brass band.  John has guest conducted many ensembles in Western Washinigton, and is an active clinician with school ensembles.

 

Prior to these appointments, Dr. Falskow served as an Assistant Professor of Music at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, taught applied trumpet, conducting, orchestration, coached chamber music, coordinated brass and percussion studies, and founded the Lander University String Orchestra.  

 

Active as a guest conductor, he has made numerous appearances including: the Tallahassee Youth Symphony, the Big Bend Community Orchestra, the Evergreen Music Festival, Brass Unlimited, and the Florida State University Summer Band Camps.  He has also worked with countless school bands and public school musicians in the South and the Pacific Northwest.  Dr. Falskow was the founding conductor of the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra and an assistant conductor of the Bremerton Symphony (2005-2008).

 

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Lawrence Bradley, originally from Canterbury, England, studied clarinet and saxophone performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  As a soloist and orchestral musician he performed extensively in Europe, including tours of Switzerland and Belgium.

 

Before moving to the USA he was a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra which performed in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.  Since making his home in Tacoma he has played with many ensembles in the area and has been a live guest soloist on Classic King FM representing the Tacoma Concert Band.

 

He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Puget Sound and a Master's in Curriculum and Administration from Gonzaga University.  His teaching positions have included Kent Education Authority and Surrey Education Authority in England, and coaching positions with the Surrey, Singapore, and Tacoma Youth Orchestras.  He has been a clarinet instructor for the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department and a general music teacher for Bethel School District.  He is currently an instrumental music teacher for University Place School District and was named the district's "Teacher of the Year" in 2001.

 

When not involved with music he enjoys beekeeping and can also often be found at Fort Nisqually where he is a volunteer re-enactor.

 

John Falskow

Lawrence Bradley

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Robert Jager was born in Binghamton, New York (1939), and is a graduate of The University of Michigan.  For four years he served in the United State Navy as the Staff Arranger/Composer at the Armed Forces School of Music.  Jager taught for thirty years at Tennessee Tech University and is now a professor emeritus from that institution, and makes his home in Cookeville, Tennessee.

 

Jager's credits comprise over 150 published works for band, orchestra, chorus, and various chamber combinations.  He has received commissions from some of the finest musical organizations in the world, including the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the Republic of China Band Association, the Minot (ND) Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan State University Children's Chorus, the Cumberland Children's Chorus, the universities of Arkansas, Butler, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan, Purdue, the Tennessee Arts Commission, all five of the Washington-based military bands: Air Force, Army, Army Field Band, Marines and Navy, and all four of the military academies: Air Force, Army (West Point), Coast Guard, and Navy (Annapolis).  In addition, he has received grants from Meet the Composer, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program of the American Music Center.

 

 

 

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Robert Jager

Aldo Forte

Aldo Rafael Forte is an internationally renowned composer with many published and recorded works to his credit. Forte is presently Composer/Arranger with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band at Langley AFB, VA. and Adjunct Professor of Composition at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.  Born in Havana, Cuba, Forte came to the United States at the age of nine and is now a citizen of the U.S.A. He spent his formative years in Huntsville, Alabama and was introduced to music at an early age by his father, a professor of mathematics and amateur classical guitarist and guitar maker.  Forte credits the encouragement of both of his parents, Dr. Aldo Forte and Maria Forte, with his active pursuit of composition.  Forte has studied composition with Ross Lee Finney, William Presser, and Robert Jager. He holds music degrees from Tennessee Technological

 

Forte is a member of ASCAP and is the recipient of several ASCAP Special Awards.  He was awarded First Place in the 2001 National Federation of Music Clubs American Music in the United States Armed Forces Composition Competition.  He has also received composition fellowships from the Cintas Foundation and the Alabama State Council on the Arts and is listed in the brand new CD - Rom Edition of The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music.  Since the year 2000 his music has received more than 300 performances.  Forte's music is recorded on over 30 CDs on such labels as Mark Custom Recording Service, Bayer Records (Qualiton Imports), Klavier Records, Summit Records, the German labels Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin and Smalltown Records, and on many Air Force Band recordings.

 

Forte composes on commission and is active as a clinician and conductor of his music.

 

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