Group Name Drake University Wind Symphony
Conductor Robert Meunier
Event Drake
Album ID - 50781-MCD

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Track TITLE Composer/Arranger
1 Febris ver Galbraith, Nancy
2 Duo Concertante Engebretson, Mark / Hemke, Frederick
3 Songs for Wind Ensemble Goto, Yo
4 Rest Ticheli, Frank
5 Liquid Ebony: I. Call Wilson, Dana
6 Liquid Ebony: II. Prayer Wilson, Dana
7 Liquid Ebony: III. Dance of Not Pretending Wilson, Dana
8 Instinctive Travels Markowski, Michael

Robert Meunier is Director of Bands and Professor of Music (percussion) at Drake University where he is the conductor of the wind symphony, and director of percussion studies. Meunier is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He is a contributing author to ten volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Teaching Music Through Performing Marches, and Teaching Music Through Jazz Performance. Meunier has appeared in twenty-eight states, and in China, Sweden, Canada, and Mexico, where he has been an artist/conductor in residence at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, and at the Academia de Musica Escuela de Musica Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico City. Meunier holds a Bachelor of Science in music education from the University of Mary, a Master of Music in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has pursued doctoral studies in wind conducting at the University of North Texas where he was a student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon and Dennis Fisher. In 2005, Meunier was honored as Drake’s College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and in 2009, he was honored by Drake as a nominee for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He is a past- president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association, past-president of the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association, and past- president of the Iowa Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Meunier is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, the Percussive Arts Society and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Drake University Wind Symphony Drake’s premier wind band is comprised of the finest wind and percussion students at the university and dedicated to performing the highest quality literature for band, ranging from chamber wind works to the contemporary band repertoire. Since its inception in 1998, the Wind Symphony has developed a national reputation for musical excellence. The ensemble has thrice given invited performances for the North Central Division of the College Band Director’s National Association (2000/2008/2012). It has also performed for the North American Saxophone Alliance (2005), Iowa Bandmasters Association (1999/2006/2012), South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association, and toured extensively throughout the Midwest. It has released six compact discs, including Angels and Demons (2001), Homage (2003), Impressions (2005), Reflections (2007), Collage (2009) and Windscapes (2011) through Mark Records. These have received accolades from composers and critics alike, including Band World’s Ira Novoselsky, who has called Drake’s Wind Symphony “ of the Midwest’s premier wind orchestras,” and stated: “...the Drake University Wind Symphony gives the utmost attention to every musical detail & nuance.”Impressions, Reflection, and Collage have received Grammy Nomination Eligibility status from the Grammy Nomination Committee in both the Best Classical Music and Best Orchestral Performance categories. Performances by the Wind Symphony have received high praise from noted band composers including David Maslanka, John Mackey, Dana Wilson, Timothy Mahr, Jan Van der Roost, Roger Cichy, and Joseph Spaniola. The Wind Symphony has also produced promotional recordings for both Daehn Publications and C. Alan Publications. Recordings and performances by the Wind Symphony are available on iTunes and aired regularly on Iowa Public Radio.