Friday, June 20, 2014
Community Standards : Tuesday, December 16 @ 7pm
Ancient City Brass Band
William McNeiland, Director
Traditional Carols & Jazz Renditions of Seasonal Favorites
Cliff Newton, Bill Prince,
Gene Moniot & Susan Hunter
Laurie Flynn & Bonnie Cranmer
Carl Clark & Jim Williamson
The Ancient City Brass Band is an ensemble of First Coast musicians spear-headed by retired Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet Cliff Newton and retired JU Professor and former J-Sym bassist William McNeiland. The Band’s volunteer members perform in a variety of ensembles including a British brass band, an historical ensemble using Civil War-era instruments, and modern brass quintets and quartets.
Texas native William McNeiland began playing tuba and string bass in junior high school, and while in high school began playing double bass with the Amarillo Symphony. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music education from the University of Illinois, and taught band and orchestra in elementary and secondary schools in Texas and Illinois. In 1969, Mr. McNeiland joined the music faculty at Jacksonville University. Following a year as Resident Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony, he continued with the Symphony as Principal Bass and Assistant Conductor for over 25 years. He also conducted youth orchestras and all-state orchestras in Alabama and Florida, and for six years was resident conductor at the Sewanee Summer Music Center in Tennessee. Additionally, Mr. McNeiland has served as president of the Delius Association and the Florida Orchestra Association, and has been much in demand as clinician and adjudicator at district and state music festivals. Retiring from Jacksonville University in 2007, he accepted a three-year appointment as orchestra conductor at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and now serves as conductor of both the St. Augustine Community Orchestra and the Ancient City Brass Band.
Prior to his retirement Cliff Newton was Principal Trumpet with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for 32 years, during which time he had many opportunities to shine as soloist while performing in a variety of classical and jazz styles. Formerly a member of the NORAD Band in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he currently performs as a soloist with the Belle Fleur String Quartet and the Palm Court Society Orchestra, and is co-founder of the Ancient City Brass Band. A native of Central Florida, Cliff began studying trumpet at age 12 and received Bachelor's degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of South Florida. He later earned a Master's degree in Trumpet Performance with an emphasis on college-level teaching from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Newton has been an instructor of trumpet at the Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, as well as at Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida. He continues to teach, both in his private studio and at the Northeast Florida Conservatory. In addition to classical music, he is an aficionado of early jazz, Argentine tango and American Civil War era brass band music.
Bill Prince, professor emeritus at the University of North Florida, has performed with numerous bands and orchestras including Buddy Rich, Billy Maxted, Pee Wee Hunt, the NORAD Band, the Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Jacksonville Symphonies, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Xavier Cugat, Ray Anthony, Tex Beneke, Les and Larry Elgart, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Bellson. He has appeared in televised broadcasts in the United States, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador, and has performed on over 70 albums including his The Best Kept Secret in Jazz. His performing instruments include trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, and electric bass. For his own CD, Happy Thoughts, he composed, arranged and performed all the parts himself. Bill holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a major in Theory and Composition from the University of Miami. He has taught at Florida Atlantic U, the U of Colorado/Denver, St. Francis Xavier U, Nova Scotia, the U of North Florida, and served as a visiting lecturer in South Africa. Dr. Prince has appeared in all 50 states and 80 countries, and his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by professional and student jazz ensembles throughout the United States and Canada.
SELECTED RELATED LIBRARY RESOURCES
782.42163 H732 1992 [MUSIC SCORE]
Holiday Songbook / by Jerry Silverman
782.421723 LANKFORD 2013
Sleigh rides, jingle bells, & silent nights : a cultural history of American Christmas songs / Ronald D. Lankford, Jr.
Stories behind the best-loved songs of Christmas / Ace Collins
788.9 C178 2002
The Cambridge companion to brass instruments / edited by Trevor Herbert and John Wallace.
CD XMAS CANADIAN 2013
Christmas time is here [sound recording] / the Canadian Brass.
CD XMAS C212 C555 PHILIPS 1990
The Christmas album [sound recording] / Canadian Brass.