OVERTURE TO A FESTIVAL.....Smith
Dale Skornia, Conductor
ON AN AMERICAN SPIRITUAL.....Holsinger
IN SEARCH OF ELDORADO.....Spears
Jared Spears, Composer
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.....Howard; Arr Roszell
Dale Skornia, Conductor
NATIONAL EMBLEM.....Bagley; Arr Fennell
A BERNSTEIN TRIBUTE....Arr Grundman
COMIC TAT TOO.....Fahrbach; Arr Meyrelles
ON THE MALL MARCH.....Goldman
Conductor Dr. Dale E. Skornia has taught music at Ferris State University (FSU), Big Rapids, Michigan, since 2006. He is conductor of the FSU Symphony Band and West Central Chamber Orchestra, Faculty Director of the student conducted Athletic Pep Band, faculty sponsor for the Delta Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and is often a guest conductor and performer for the West Central Concert Band and FSU Jazz Band. At FSU, he has taught Music Appreciation, Music for the Elementary Teacher, Music Fundamentals and American Popular Music. Dr. Skornia earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree (1980) from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Music degree (1993) from Wichita State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2004) from Arizona State University. Dale enjoys snow skiing, bicycling and is a FAA licensed Private Pilot.
Jared Spears, composer is Professor of Music Emeritus at Arkansas State University. He was born in Chicago and received a B.S.E. degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University; a B.M. and an M.M. degrees in Percussion and Composition from the Cosmopolitan School of Music; and a D.M. degree in Composition from Northwestern University. His teachers include Blythe Owen, Alan Stout, and Anthony Donato. Post-doctoral studies include the study of music for film and television at MGM, Lorimar, 20th Century Fox, and Evergreen Studios under the guidance of John Cacavas.
Dr. Spears has taught theory, music history, composition, percussion, and band on all educational levels from elementary school through college. His awards include the Faricy Award for Creative Music from Northwestern, the Award of Merit from the Arkansas Chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs, Outstanding Educators of America, International Who’s Who in Music, Who’s Who in the World of Percussion-U.S.A., Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate, and several ASCAP Awards. During his tenure at Arkansas State, Dr. Spears received the University President’s Award for the outstanding faculty member as well as an appointment as a President’s Fellow.
To date, Dr. Spears has composed music for radio and television commercials and produced more than 350 original published works for band, choir, orchestra, and chamber ensembles. His music has been performed and recorded worldwide and he has conducted band festivals, music camps, and clinics around the world. His music has also been the subject of numerous articles in music journals and texts and he is considered one of the most performed American composers of wind and percussion music. Dr. Spears has appeared at several universities as a guest lecturer.