UAH Honor Band to Feature Conductor and Composer

The UAH Invitational HonorBand seeks to provide qualified middle and high school students with a world-class clinic experience, facilitated by today's leading wind band conductors and composers. The 2014 edition of the UAH Invitational, November 14-15, 2014 features Dr. John Lynch, of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Austrailia  and Mr. Randall Standridge, popular composer of educational music for young bands. For more information about the 2014 UAH Invitational Honor Band, click here.

Dr. John Lynch, conductor

lynch headshotPrior to joining the University of Sydney in June 2014, Dr. John Lynch was previously the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at The University of Georgia where he guided all aspects of the band and graduate and wind conducting programs. Previous positions include those at the University of Kansas, Northwestern University, and Emory University. He has ten years of high school teaching experience in his native New York State where he was the national recipient of the Stanbury Award for outstanding teaching and conducting. Dr. Lynch holds degrees from Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, and CCM. He has conducted throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia including invited tours of China, Argentina and Europe, and has performed at the national conferences of CBDNA, ABA, MENC, The Midwest Clinic, and at GMEA, KMEA and Interlochen. Recent conducting engagements include the West Point Band, the Army Field Band, and the United States Marine Band. Dr. Lynch has held residencies at the Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, Italy, the Conservatory in Vilnius, Lithuania, and the University of Costa Rica. He has three recordings on the Naxos label including the debut of the Wind Band Classics Series. His recordings have been broadcast throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, CBDNA, Phi Beta Mu, and WASBE, and is the recent recipient of The American Prize and UGA’s Creative Research Medal, and a Northwestern Fellow for Teaching Excellence.

Mr. Randall Standridge, composer-conductor

standridge headshotRandall Standridge (b.1976) received his Bachelor's of Music Education from Arkansas State University.  During this time, he studied composition with Dr. Tom O'Connor, before returning to Arkansas State University to earn his Master's in Music Composition, studying with Dr. Tom O'Connor and Dr. Tim Crist. In 2001, he began his tenure as Director of Bands at Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Arkansas.  He left this post in 2013 to pursue a career as a full-time composer and marching band editor for Grand Mesa Music Publishers. 

Mr. Standridge is currently published by Grand Mesa Music, Alfred Music, FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Music, Band Works Publications, Twin Towers Music, and Northeastern Music Publications.  Mr. Standridge's music is performed internationally.  He has had thirty-four works selected to the J.W. Pepper's editor's choice. His composition Snake Charmer,published by Grand Mesa Music, was included in Teaching Music through Performance in Band Vol. 8, and his work Gently Blows the Summer Wind will be included in volume 10.  His works Steel, Gadget, Snake Charmer, The Rowan Tree, Still Still Still, That Old Hound Dog Rag, Danse Bohémien, Aggressivo, When the Spring Rain Begins to Fall, and Danse Carnivale have been performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.  His work Art(isms) was premiered by the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble at the 2010 CBDNA conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Mr. Standridge is also a contributing composer for Alfred Music's Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development series. 

In addition to his career as a composer, Mr. Standridge is active as a clinician.  He is also in demand as a drill designer, music arranger, and colorguard designer for the marching arts, as well as a freelance artist/photographer and writer.  He lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas with his family.