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Winds and Band Interest Form
The Oglethorpe University Winds provides a venue for students to participate in high-level performance of wind band repertoire, and also provide music for certain University functions, such as the Boar's Head holiday festival in December and Oglethorpe Day in February. The Wind Ensemble is the core ensemble from which the pep band is drawn.
The Stormy Petrel Pep Band performs at several home basketball games each season. The band leads OU fans in the fight song and is responsible for filling Dorough Field House with excitement and Oglethorpe spirit!
Want to know more? Use the links on the left to visit our Facebook page and to fill out the interest form.
Participation in the Winds and Pep Band is open to the Oglethorpe community. Auditions are not required at this time. Students who wish to participate must enroll in Music 144.
The Oglethorpe University Concert Winds seeks to:
- Provide varied, balanced and meaningful musical experiences that promote creativity, flexibility, and versatility in each musician.
- Confirm the lessons learned in theory, composition, and music history and music education in living performance.
- Create a positive music-making environment that allows knowledge gained in the private studio to be applied to ensemble performance.
- Increase awareness of the diverse artistic and historical significance of music for winds and percussion.
- Expand the technical, intellectual, psychological, and spiritual horizons of musicians that result in soul-to-soul music making.
- Prepare music and musicians of the future by exploring music of the present and preserving music of the past.
- Preserve the repertoire of the medium that has become a uniquely American art form and promote the newly emerging global repertoire.
- Broaden concepts of teaching and performance by encouraging creative thought and artistic interaction.
- Develop future musical leaders of vision and passion.
- To encourage "community" with all people, both on campus and throughout the city.
- To enhance, through artistic contributions, the quality of life at the University in specific and metropolitan Atlanta in general.
About the Director
Paul Scanling holds a
Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Florida State University where he
studied Flute with Suzanne Lord and Melinda Lintern, played tenor saxophone in
the award winning FSU Jazz Ensemble, and euphonium in Chiefly Brass, the FSU
Basketball Band. While there he studied conducting with Dr. Patrick Dunnigan
and took courses from Dr. Bentley Shellahamer and Dr. Cliff Madsen. Paul also
holds a Master of Music Degree from Georgia State University where he worked
under Dr. Robert Ambrose with the Wind Ensemble and founded the Panther
Basketball Band. He has attended conducting classes of Donald Hunsberger, James
Jordan and Robert Rumbelow at the Columbus State University Conducting
Symposium, Dr. Manuel Alvarez, Dr. Donald Portnoy, Dr. Peter Jaffe, and Paul
Vermel at the South Carolina Conductors Institute, and has studied privately
with Alexander Micklethwaite, then assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra, and Dr. Julian Shew, Orchestra Director at Georgia State University.
Paul spent seven years
participating in the Drum and Bugle Corps activity. He marched for three
summers with The Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps and aged out in 1994
with The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps playing baritone. He then
spent three summers as an instructor of both marching fundamentals and brass
with The Spirit of Atlanta, most recently in 2001.
Paul has taught in the
public schools of Florida and Georgia. He is the Music Director and Principal
Conductor of The Atlanta Concert Band, a community band founded in 1973. He
also serves as the Orchestra Director for Northside United Methodist Church of
Atlanta and was recently appointed as the Director of Bands at Oglethorpe
University. Paul is in demand as a woodwind instructor, arranger and clinician.
Paul lives in Marietta with his wife Jenna, their beautiful daughter Sara, and
Leo, the World's Greatest Chihuahua.
Visit Paul Scanling's personal website
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