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2017 Wind Band Invitational

2017 High School Wind Band Invitational

November 1-4, 2017 at La Sierra University

The Department of Music will be hosting their annual music festival at La Sierra University starting on Wednesday evening, November 1 through Saturday afternoon, November 4, 2017. The final vespers concert will take place at the La Sierra University Church at 4p.

The Department of Music collaborates with high school students among the Adventist Academies throughout California and Arizona.

For more information about this event, please email MUSIC@LASIERRA.EDU.



KEVIN SEDATOLE serves as Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music. At MSU, Professor Sedatole serves as administrator of the entire band program totaling over 700 students that includes the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Chamber Winds, Campus Bands, Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. He also guides the graduate wind-conducting program in addition to conducting the MSU Wind Symphony.

Prior to joining MSU, he was director of bands and associate professor of conducting at Baylor University. Previous to his appointment at Baylor he served as associate director of bands at the University of Texas and director of the Longhorn Band, and as associate director of bands at the University of Michigan and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Sedatole has conducted performances for the College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, as well as performances in Carnegie Hall. He has conducted across the United States and Europe. Most recently the MSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Professor Sedatole, has given featured performances at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago, Ill. and at the national conventions of the College Band Directors’ National Association held in Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Missouri. Performances conducted by Professor Sedatole have won accolades from prominent composers including Robert Beaser, John Corigliano, Michael Colgrass, Donald Grantham, David Maslanka, Ricardo Lorenz, Michael Daugherty, John Mackey, Jonathan Newman, Carter Pann, Joel Puckett, Dan Welcher as well as many others. Professor Sedatole also serves on the summer faculty of the Interlochen Music Camp, Board of Directors for the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and as the president of the CBDNA North Central division. His international engagements include residencies at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo, Japan and the Mid Europe Festival, Schladming, Austria.



GIOVANNI SANTOS serves as assistant professor and Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he directs the University Wind Ensemble, Big Band, and teaches courses in instrumental music education, popular music, and conducting..  For 7 years, Professor Santos had the privilege of leading the band department at Loma Linda Academy, where he led their Wind Symphony in performances across the United States and Europe.

Santos has led successful performances in such venues and festivals as the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres (France), Fete de la Musique in Paris, San Giovanni Valdarno Classical Music Festival (Italy), Teatro Titano (Republic of San Marino), the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, ForFest International New Music Festival (Czech Republic), MaskFest International New Music Festival (Republic of San Marino), San Ignazio di Loyola Basilica (Rome). Santos will lead the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble in performance at Carnegie Hall this coming March, 2018. Professor Santos also enjoys frequent engagements as a guest conductor/clinician for festivals across the US, Mexico, and Europe.

Prof. Santos has proudly implemented a yearly wind band conducting workshop at La Sierra University, and has worked alongside Prof. H. Robert Reynolds and Dr. Thomas Lee, helping some of the brightest young music educators in the U.S. Santos welcomes Prof. Allan McMurray to this year’s workshop.

As a composer, Prof. Santos has premiered his works across the United States and Europe. In January, the United States Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble will premiere his composition in the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In classes, lessons, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included, Barbara Favorito, Donald Thurber, H. Robert Reynolds, Sharon Lavery, Mallory Thompson, Tim Robblee, Frank Battisti, Mark Davis Scatterday, and Brad Lubman. Santos had the privilege of studying trumpet with Dr. Richard Hofmann, Boyde Hood, and Donald Green.

Santos is a graduate of La Sierra University (B. Mus). He earned his MM in Music Education from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was also a scholarship trumpet student. He continues an active performance schedule as a freelance musician (trumpet), and has been published by the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

Professor Santos is inspired by his family. His wife Tanya, is an elementary teacher in Perris, CA. Tanya and Giovanni are proud parents of Gianna and David.




The LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE is devoted to the development of musicianship, artistic expression, and cultivation of new audiences for the wind band medium. Membership is by audition and includes undergraduate and graduate students who represent the varied majors and programs at La Sierra University. This ensemble honors the history of wind band history and celebrates living composers through commissions and collaborations with guest artists.

The Wind Ensemble performs for church services, campus events, schools, and civic programs throughout the Inland Empire of Southern California. In 2004, the Wind Ensemble performed at the national conference of the Christian Instrumental Directors Association in Tennessee. They also participated in the CSU Fresno Collegiate Wind Festival. They were one of ten featured ensembles at the College Band Directors National Association West/Northwest Division Conference in Reno in 2010 and shared the gala evening concert with Cal State University Fresno at the 34th Annual Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival in March 2013.

Most recently, the University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Santos, performed in the ForFest (Czech Republic) and MaskFest International New Music (Republic of San Marino) Festivals.  The Wind Ensemble traveled across Europe, giving performances across the Czech Republic, Austria, Republic of San Marino, and Italy. The University Wind Ensemble gave European premieres of works composed by La Sierra students, Prof. Santos, and European composers in history concert halls. The performances in the Czech Republic and the Republic of San Marino were also televised nationally.

In March of 2018, the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble will be giving their Carnegie Hall debut.