Dr. Lawrence Markiewicz, ICC Director of Instrumental Ensembles & Associate Professor of Music, will present a webinar “How to Succeed If You Are a Jazz Band DIrector Who Never Played Much Jazz” tomorrow, May 20, at 1 p.m. Central time (2 p.m. Eastern).
In this session, Dr. Markiewicz will cover warm-ups, swing/groove, rhythmic interpretation, literature choices, and improvisation. Regardless of how much you know about jazz, there will be something here for you!
Prior to moving to the midwest, Dr. Markiewicz worked in the New York metro area as a professional conductor of orchestras, brass bands, wind bands, and jazz ensembles. Always active in education, Markiewicz spent two decades in the classroom, where he shepherded two programs (one urban and one suburban) to statewide & regional prominence. In 2012, his jazz band won the NJAJE state championship and received the award for best sight reading.
While teaching in the public schools, Markiewicz particularly enjoyed working with the 2nd and 3rd jazz ensembles where he was able to foster a deep love of the jazz artform with his students. It was from these foundations that the school’s top jazz ensemble was able to reach its full potential.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Markiewicz has consistently been sought after as a clinician/conductor/guest artist across the United States, England, and Japan. In 1998, he became the first honorary and only American member of the British Youth Band Association, and he has presented sessions at KMEA, NJMEA, PMEA, CBDNA, DCI Winter Meetings, USBands University Summer Sessions, and served as keynote speaker for the University of Maryland and College of New Jersey NAfME student conventions.
Register for the May 20 jazz webinar: https://meeting.zoho.com/meeting/register?sessionId=1029735650