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July 15 - "Side By Side:" - Matt Conaway, conductor

American Legion March..........................................Parker

The American Dream...............................................Beckel

Poet and Peasant Overture.............von Suppe / Fillmore

Bass in the Ballroom..................................Roy Newsome
             William Schmidt, Tuba

British Eighth March..................................Elliott / Hilliard

God of Our Fathers......................................Claude Smith

On The Banks......................................................Conaway

Cyrus The Great March...............................................King

Selections from Wicked..................................arr. Bocook

Star-Spangled Banner 

William Schmidt, Tuba
If you have been attending KPB concerts recently , you may recognize Bill Schmidt as a regular member of the tuba section and as the organizations Administrative Director. He is a founding member and the leader of the Basement Brass Quintet and is the principal tuba player with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. He also plays with the Indianapolis Brass Choir. Bill directs the Starry Knights (where he often plays the baritone saxophone and clarinet and, on rare occasions, drum set). He completed his Masters in Music Performance on Tuba from Butler University in May of 2009. Bill is an avid bike rider, completing the Hilly Hundred on several occasions and enjoys finding new trails to explore with his wife Ellen. In his position as KPB Administrative Director, Bill handles many of the responsibilities necessary for the successful operation of the Kokomo Park Band. 
He has played in the Anderson Symphony Orchestra; Owensboro Symphony Orchestra; Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra; Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra; Butler Symphony Orchestra; Lafayette Symphony Orchestra; Kokomo Symphony Orchestra; Orkestra Projekt; Indianapolis Brass Choir; Resurrection Brass Quintet, Keynote Brass Quintet, Basement Brass Quintet; Monument City Brass Quintet and Quartet; Capitol Brass Quintet; Indianapolis Brass Quintet; Rinati;Brass a Nova Quintet; Indianapolis Symphonic Band; Indianapolis Wind Symphony; Greenwood Community Band; Butler Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Crossroads of America Scout Band; New Ventures, Northwinds, Starry Knights, Blue Skies, Barton Rogers, and Blue Thunder Big Bands; Indianapolis and Lafayette Civic Theater Orchestras. He has managed the Starry Knights Big Band for over 20 years and is leader of the Basement Brass Quintet.  His teaching activities include private studio for low brass and woodwinds, educational outreach performances with Book Readers and Horn Blowers Brass Quintet and the Indianapolis Brass Choir.  He is the adjunct tuba instructor at Marion College, Indianapolis.  
Matthew R. Conaway was appointed to the Purdue faculty in August, 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Bands. He serves as an associate director of the famed “All-American” Marching Band and basketball pep bands, and directs the University Concert Band and Varsity Band. He also is the faculty supervisor for the band’s various auxiliary units, serves as the department’s technical coordinator, and coordinates the annual Band Day event.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Conaway served for ten years as the Director of Bands for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation, during which time the program received many state and national accolades for musical excellence. He brought back the Marching “Red Devil” Band, basketball pep band, jazz band, and symphony orchestra to the music department, and raised band program enrollment by over 200 students in grades 5-12. During his tenure, West Lafayette became regarded as one of the great small-school music programs in Indiana, with two state concert finals appearances and dozens of superior festival ratings. The NAMM Foundation recognized the West Lafayette Community School Corporation as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education in America” in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Mr. Conaway is a noted composer for concert bands, with nearly fifty works currently in print. His compositions range from very beginning through very advanced, based on his experience working with all levels of performers in grades 5-12. He has received commissions from many schools and honor bands in the last five years. He is also an accomplished arranger, and has written for athletic bands at Indiana University, Purdue University, and many high schools and colleges throughout the country. His arrangements have been heard internationally at multiple bowl games, basketball tournaments, and major sporting events since 1999.  His compositions and arrangements are available globally through the C.L. Barnhouse Company and the Hal Leonard Corporation.

After graduating from Woodhaven (MI) High School in 1997, Mr. Conaway attended Indiana University – Bloomington, where he studied arranging with David Woodley. He received his Bachelor of Music Education with Distinction in 2001, and earned a Masters of Music degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University in 2010. He is a member of NAFME, CBDNA, NBA, Indiana Music Educators Association, Indiana Bandmasters Association, and ASCAP. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, and was recently inducted into the Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Mu.  He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator at concert band festivals and competitions throughout the Midwest.
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