Our 23rd year....Around the World in Six Concerts
Director Thomas Poshak received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He retired in 2001 after a 30 year career as a high school band director. Mr. Poshak taught in the US Virgin Islands, in Ladue, Missouri, and was the Band Director and Music Coordinator for the Kirkwood School District from 1985 until 2001. Under his direction, the Ladue Symphonic Band performed at the MMEA convention in 1982, and the Kirkwood Symphonic Band received Honor I ratings at MSHSAA Festivals for twelve consecutive years and Gold Ratings at music festivals in Atlanta, Chicago, and Nashville. He has held offices in the Missouri Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association, and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Missouri Bandmasters Association. and Phi Mu Alpha. In 2001, he received the Music Educator of the Year award from the SLSMEA and in 2004 received the Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Poshak is also the Music Director for the Saint Louis Wind Symphony.
Guest Conductor Franklin Haspiel was band director at Pattonville High School and middle school for 33 years and a professional dance band trumpeter for 36 years. He also taught private lessons to brass players for 62 years, until the age of 87. Mr. Haspiel received a Master of Art degree from Washington University, where he also studied music composition with students of Paul Hindemith. Primarily creating works for high school age students to perform at festivals and competitions, 185 of his original compositions have been published by JPM Music Publications over the past 20 years.
Guest Soloist Wayne J. du Maine is a St. Louis native, a 1983 graduate of University City High School and, a member of the school’s hall of fame. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where he received the Peter Mennin and William Schuman Awards for outstanding excellence. He performs with the Metropolitan Orchestra, the Long Island Philharmonic, New York City Opera, and the New York Big Brass. He currently holds the principal chair position with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the American Composers Orchestra. Wayne has also led the Hartford Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Westchester Philharmonic as conductor of educational concerts. He has performed, been a soloist, and recorded with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and with Prince. As a longtime member of the Manhattan Brass, Wayne presented and created numerous educational outreach programs for K-12 students in the five boroughs, CT, NJ, and PA. He has played many Broadway shows, such as Titanic, Music Man, Man of La Mancha, and The King and I, and has served as associate conductor for Fiddler on the Roof, the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific, and The Scottsboro Boys. Wayne has previously taught at Juilliard, Columbia, and Princeton, and often spends summers at music camps throughout the country. He is currently the program director of brass at NYU/Steinhardt. Wayne resides in Teaneck, NJ, with his wife Sharon and their daughter Sequoia and son Enzo. It is an honor to have Wayne du Maine with us to perform with UCHS band alum April Silverman, his UC middle and high school band director Casey Geisz, and his first trumpet teacher Frank Haspiel.
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