Students Perform at HBCU National Band Director’s Consortium


A group of students from Prairie View A&M University performed at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors Consortium. The conference was held March 27 to 31, 2019, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. All students attending had to audition for the convention for music faculty and the consortium’s judges.

Students participating from PVAMU included Andres Cuadros (tuba), Christopher Quiroz (alto saxophone), Nina Frink (flute), Jarrod Henry (tenor saxophone), Merrande Johnson (trumpet), Kandaka Polk (clarinet), Jacob Nelson (trombone), Shawn Smith (alto saxophone), Sharif Stalworth (bass guitar), and Elijah Waters (percussion). Dr. Mark W. Phillips, professor and head of the department of music and theater, served as a chaperone and conference participant. PVAMU Director of Bands Dr. Timmey Zachery presented a conference workshop entitled Emerging Band Technology. The workshop delved into band technology for the 21st Century focusing on attendance, music, and drill writing techniques using innovations.

According to the conference’s website, the purpose of the consortium is to provide an opportunity for band directors and students to collaborate and develop strategic plans for success in instrumental music programs. In addition, the annual convention offers opportunities for individual products to be evaluated through performances. There are also onsite workshops and clinics, which provide educational value for band directors and students aspiring to become band directors.