Travis J. Weller -Composer and Educator

PMEA 2014 – Concerts That Connect!

Thank you to those that attended my session at PMEA 2014 “Concerts That Connect!” It was great to see many friends and colleagues in the session, a number of music education majors, and others from across the Keystone. My apologies that I ran short of papers, but you may click here to get a copy of the handout. At the suggestion of a colleague, I am going to publish a repertoire list in the coming weeks of pieces that I have used...

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Central York Epilogue and 2014 PMEA State Conference

It was a wonderful two days with the Central York Bands. Jim Martini, Rick Worley, and John Moyer were gracious and fantastic hosts. Their students were wonderful and he concert last Tuesday was awesome! I was proud to share that stage with those great students, and special thanks to the CYSH Symphonic Band for giving “Shine!” new life on the stage. You can check out the new recording of “Shine!” (taken from our Tuesday...

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Central York Clinic

I am excited to begin a two day clinic with the Central York High School and Middle School Bands on March 16th & 17th. It is an honor to be asked by colleagues who do what I do, and I am grateful to Jim Martini for extending me this opportunity. For the first time, I will have the opportunity to conduct “Shine!” in a public concert. I am indebted to both Drew Fennell and David Blon, who both took really good care of this work in...

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Country Sketches debut!

I enjoyed a wonderful debut last night with the Westminster College Symphonic Band of Country Sketches! I owe many thanks and have lots of admiration for Dr. R. Tad Greig. During my time in the Mercer Area School District, it has been wonderful to see the steady rise and the commitment to excellence that has been instilled in the band program at Westminster. It was also great sharing the stage with former students Kyle Grabigel, AJ Craig,...

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Thanks Tuba Exchange!

On a personal musicianship “note”, I am upgrading my personal inventory and have acquired a new tuba. One of the advantages of music clinics and conferences is having multiple instrument companies present with a wide variety of horns to “test drive”. I took some time at the Midwest clinic this past December and did so. After playing on 14 different tubas from 8 different companies, I came back to the Tuba Exchange from...

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An open letter about auditions…

I write tonight to a group of students who will audition for the PMEA District 5 Honor Band tomorrow night. I am proud of them as musicians and people for what they have chosen to do. >>>>><<<<< Dear Andrea, Janalyn, Lindsey, Jordyn, Sami, Abby, Kyle, Kyle, Ryan, Dakota, Andrew, and Chris, I am excited for you. Tomorrow is Honors Band Auditions, and I am excited for you. I hope you are excited to continue on this...

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Off to Clarion!

I am looking forward to work with the Clarion-Union-Brookville Honor Band this weekend at Clarion High School. Special thanks to Tim Stevenson, Chris Curry, and Lisa Hummel who extended this invitation- they are fantastic people, educators, and directors. The program includes Pageant (Persichetti), A Festival Prelude (Reed), Harford Rhapsody (Patrick Burns), Noble Men (Fillmore), and A Frontier Fought and A City Found (Weller).

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The Long Road of the Dissertation

As I near completion of my dissertation and prepare for my defense, it is interesting to reflect back on where I was as an advocate, composer, conductor, and educator just five short years ago. There are certainly days when I feel no smarter than when I started my first doctoral class, and I had I read up on Donald Hodges there is no doubt it would have gone better! For better, for worse, and somewhere in between the end is almost in sight. I...

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Thanks Doc!

I write today to say thanks to Edwin P. Arnold. “Doc” will retire from Grove City College at the end of this school year after 38 years of service. There are many great educators who were mentored before me by Dr. Arnold, and there were many after me at Grove City College. We all owe him gratitude for providing us with opportunities to find out just what we could become. We all have a different story of what he did for us, and it...

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New Music for 2013-2014

I am pleased to officially announce several new works currently in production that will be available this summer for concert band & wind ensemble. You can listen to these works on a variety of platforms including SoundCloud, Facebook, and my composition page here. Sonic Ascent is a beginning band work that uses only the first 6 notes of a B-flat concert scale. It is an energetic concert opener for young musicians that will be available from...

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