One of the most exciting programs Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, begun over half of a century ago, is the National Intercollegiate Band. This ensemble continues to make a significant contribution to the advancement of the collegiate band. Open to all qualified musicians, whether or not they are members of the Fraternity or Sorority, the NIB brings members face-to-baton with some of the most dynamically stimulating composers and respected conductors in America.
The 2015 National Intercollegiate Band will rehearse Sunday, July 26 through Tuesday, July 28 and the concert will be Tuesday evening.
There is no fee for participating in the band, and Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma also provide a couple of meals. Students who are selected are responsible for their own transportation to and from the convention site in Lexington, as well as the remaining meals. Every member of the band also receives a complimentary compact disc recording of the performance.
This website has been setup to provide a separate place on the web where participants and supporters can find more information about the NIB and how they can get involved!
The 2015 Commissioned Composer is Julie Ann Giroux. Julie Ann Giroux was born in Fairhaven, Mass. on Dec. 12, 1961, and began playing the piano a few years later. By the age of 8, she began composing. Several years and family relocations later, Julie attended Jack Hayes Junior High School. She composed her first concert band work in the 8th grade at the age of 13. She attended Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, La., graduating in 1979. She played the french horn in the school bands and played piano for the choir, all the while composing various types of music, including piano works, band works, solo instrumental works, and vocal works.
Julie attended college at Louisiana State University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in music performance, while continuing to compose band and orchestra works. At this time, she also began composing commercially. In 1981 she published her first band work. Literally days after college graduation, Julie had the opportunity to arrange and conduct several arrangements for a live ESPN broadcast for the National Sportsfest held in Baton Rouge, La. Composer Bill Conti had also been hired to compose and conduct music for the same event. Shortly after that, Conti invited Julie out to Hollywood to work on the mini-series North and South.
Julie went on to compose and orchestrate music for many Television and Films and received her first of three Emmy nominations in 1989-1990. In 1991-1992, Julie won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction at the 64th Annual Academy Awards.
Julie was a Women In Music speaker at the 1999 National Convention in St. Louis, where she also received the OSMA (Outstanding Service to Music Award) and Honorary Membership into the National Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.
When she won her first Emmy Award, she was the first woman and the youngest person ever to win the award in that category. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), her credits include White Men Can’t Jump, Masters of the Universe, North and South, North and South II, Broadcast News, Blaze, Dynasty, and multiple Academy and Emmy Awards shows. During her career Julie has had the honor of scoring for Celene Dion, Paula Abdul, Jerry Orbach, Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, Bryan Adams, Peabo Bryson, Angela Lansbury, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Reba McEntire, Little Richard, Billy Crystal, Michael Jackson and many, many others.
The 2015 Guest Conductor is Joseph Hermann. Joseph Hermann is professor of music and director of bands at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn., where he is responsible for a dynamic and varied program consisting of the university marching band, symphony band, concert band, pep band, and the Golden Eagle Brass.
Before his appointment at Tennessee Tech in 1989, Hermann was the associate director of bands and the director of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band at the University of Arizona, an assistant director of bands and a director of the Marching Hundred at Indiana University, and director of bands at East Tennessee State University and associate conductor of the Johnson City (Tenn.) Symphony Orchestra. Secondary school teaching included directing the Dowling High School Band, West Des Moines, Iowa, and supervision of the Des Moines Catholic Instrumental Music Program for the Diocese of Des Moines. Under his leadership, the school music program expanded to unprecedented enrollment. In addition, he served as the educational director for Bands of America and McCormick’s Enterprises, a music corporation in Chicago, Ill.
Hermann was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 1996 and served as a member of its board of directors, became vice president in 2007, president elect in 2008, and served ABA as its president until March 2010. Hermann is an affiliate of CBDNA, MENC, NBA, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, has served as the editor for the New Music Reviews for the Tennessee Musician, and is a past board member of the Tennessee Music Educators Association. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, a past President of the PAC-10 Band Directors Association, a past province governor for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. In 2008, Tennessee Tech University distinguished Hermann as the Outstanding Faculty for Professional Service, and he was honored with the Distinguished Service to Music Medal in Conducting by the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi. Hermann earned his degrees from Drake University, where he was a student of Don R. Marcouiller.