The Anderson University Wind Ensemble is preparing for a special spring tour throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Indiana, March 9-18. Under the direction of Dr. Susan Taylor and Professor John Huntoon, the Wind Ensemble was established in 1969 and is a select group of approximately sixty-five woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists.
As the particular performance opportunities for this ensemble have become evident, its repertoire has been expanded to include sacred music and lighter entertaining works. This versatility of repertoire has led to its acceptance as a major campus performing ensemble and touring group. Annual tours have taken the Wind Ensemble to more than 20 states in the United States and to Canada. Tour highlights include a performance in Carnegie Hall in New York.
As a participant in the Anderson University Student Summer Service Program of International Education, the ensemble has completed three tours in Europe. The 2007 Spring Tour consists of performances in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Through its presentations, the ensemble adds an important dimension to the programs of the churches, schools, and special events where it appears. For its students, the Anderson University Wind Ensemble provides a social and educational setting that strives for musical excellence and performance skills while participating in service to church and community.
Dr. Susan Taylor is director of bands, and co-chair of the School of Music at Anderson University. Her duties include conducting Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, teaching instrumental music education methods courses, teaching advanced instrumental conducting, and supervising student teachers.
Dr. Taylor’s previous experience includes teaching on the music education faculties at the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, and at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; serving as the curriculum specialist for music education for the Frederick County Public Schools in Frederick, Maryland, where she supervised 108 music teachers in 46 schools; and teaching instrumental music in the Mt. Pleasant Community Schools, Yorktown, Indiana.
Dr. Taylor has served as an active member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Maryland Music Educators Association. She has also served as the National Band Association State Membership chairperson, and currently serves as a faculty sponsor for the Anderson University chapter of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference. She also frequently serves as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada. She frequently conducts the Anderson University Wind Ensemble in a variety of performances on campus and throughout the community, public schools, and area churches. On occasion, Dr. Taylor performs as a clarinetist on student clarinet recitals and performs with the Grace College Wind Ensemble in Warsaw, Indiana, and with the Anderson University Community Concert Band.
John Huntoon received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and his master’s degree in trombone performance from Bowling Green State University. While in school, he toured with the American Waterways Wind Orchestra and the Tower Brass Quintet. He also played with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. Upon completion of his graduate work, John served as principal trombonist with the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and was the trombonist for the Southwest Brass Quintet in Phoenix, Arizona. After relocating to Indiana in 1991, John began teaching low brass in public schools in Indianapolis and the surrounding communities.
John is currently the director of Low Brass, Brass Ensembles and the Jazz Ensemble at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He serves as the assistant director of the Wind Ensemble and director of the Anderson University Community Concert Band. John is the principal trombonist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and the Kokomo Park Band. He has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic and the Busselli- Wallerab Jazz Orchestra. John co-founded and is the trombonist for the Keynote Brass Quintet, and can be heard on their recording entitled Reflections. He has been featured on other recordings as well, including Festive Music for a Community of Faith, with organist, Dr. Ted Gibboney, with whom he appeared in recital in Freiberg, Germany as part of the St. Mary’s Cathedral concert series. He has played for artists such as Ray Charles, the Moody Blues and Sandi Patty. In addition to his work at Anderson, John is active as a recitalist, recording artist, and clinician throughout the Midwest. He resides in Cicero with his wife, Diana, and son, Isaac.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology. The public is invited to the admission-free concert. A free-will offering will be taken during the event.