The UCF Marching Knights welcome two new staff members for 2017!Dianna Castronuovo - Dance Instructor:
Dianna Castronuovo enters her first year as the dance instructor of the Starlet Knights dance team. As an accomplished performer and educator, Dianna has performed with several dance and show companies in the Central Florida area. Currently, she performs with Antigravity Orlando, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World. She has danced throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. As an educator, Dianna has taught several dancers and stunt performers in Central Florida. She has earned a Dance Performance degree from Valencia College and has been part of several dance programs.
Mike Hansen - Percussion Instructor:
Mike Hansen enters his first year as the Battery Caption Head and Arranger for the UCF Drumline. In addition to his duties at UCF, he is the Director and Arranger for the NBA Orlando Magic Rhythm N’ Blue Drumline, Battery Caption Head, Arranger, and Designer for the WGI Percussion Independent Open ensemble INFINITY 2.
For Full Bios, please visit: http://ucfbands.com/staff/
UCF Welcomes New Director of Bands, Dr. Scott Lubaroff
April 3, 2017
Dr. Scott Lubaroff will join the music faculty at the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 2017 as Professor of Music and Director of Bands, leading a comprehensive ensemble program that includes four concert bands, athletic bands, and chamber winds. He will also oversee the graduate program in wind conducting. Dr. Lubaroff comes to UCF after twelve years as Director of Bands (3 years also as Chair of the Department of Music) at the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg. Under his direction, the UCM Wind Ensemble performed twice by invitation in New York’s Carnegie Hall (2016; 2010), three times in a seven-year span at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference (2015; 2011; 2008), and performed for the 2014 Southwest Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Dr. Lubaroff has also been extremely active in the commissioning and premieres of new music for winds, including composer residencies and three world premiere performances during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to his appointment at UCM, Dr. Lubaroff served previously as Associate Director of Bands at Kansas State University (2001-2005), and Director of Bands at Williamsburg High School, in Iowa (1991-1997). He earned his DMA in conducting from Michigan State University, and MFA (conducting), MA (music education), and BM (saxophone/music education) degrees from The University of Iowa. He has published articles in the Journal of Band Research and Journal of the National Band Association, a book on Stravinsky’s neo-classical wind music, and a transcription for concert band of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s Eljen a Magyar. Dr. Lubaroff is in high demand as a guest conductor, clinician, speaker, and adjudicator throughout the United States and abroad. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu, and Pi Kappa Lambda, is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is an honorary member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Join the Marching Knights in 2017!
February 28, 2017
Our "Intent to March" form has been released for the 2017 season! Please visit ucfbands.com and fill out the form if you plan to march with us this coming fall. If you are in Drumline or Auxiliaries, there is an audition, please be sure to check the "Join" section under Marching Knights for details. If you will be at a community college and would like to join, please visit that page as well for details on how you can participate. We have some great plans for 2017 including 7 home games and performances at the State FMBC competition!
Kizer named Associate Director of Bands
April 14, 2016
Tremon Kizer has been named the new Associate Director of Bands at the University of Central Florida effective August 2016. Mr. Kizer comes to the University of Central Florida from the University of Dayton where he has served as Associate Director of Bands. In his new role at UCF, Mr. Kizer will serve as the primary director of the UCF Marching Knights, the primary conductor of the UCF Symphonic Band, and as an Assistant Professor of Music Education.
Mr. Kizer holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Kansas State University, a Masters in Music from the University of Central Missouri, and is a candidate for the Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina.
Concert Band Concert
March 29, 2016
The UCF Concert Band will present its final concert of the academic year on Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 PM in the Visual Arts Building Auditorium. Admission is free. Featured on the program will be Johan de Meij's "Symphony No. 1" subtitled "Lord of the Rings." This five-movement work was inspired by the series of novels of the same name written by author J.R.R. Tolkien. Audience members should not expect to hear the soundtrack from the recent films as this composition was written approximately thirteen years before the first film was released. Rather, fans of the Tolkien story can expect to hear a different soundscape inspired by the tale of Middle Earth.
University Band Concert
March 28, 2016
The UCF University Band will present its final concert of the 2016-2017 academic year on Sunday, April 17 at 7:00 PM in the Visual Arts Building Auditorium. Admission is free. The concert is entitled "Around the World in Forty Minutes" and will feature six compositions based on the music of five different regions of the world. The program features:
American Fanfare - James Stephenson
Xerxes - John Mackey
Ireland: Of Legend and Lore - Robert W. Smith
El Relicario - Jose Padilla / Longfield
Russian Christmas Music - Alfred Reed
The Circus Bee - Henry Fillmore
Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert
March 28, 2016
The UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will finish the 2016-2017 academic year with a joint concert presented as part of UCF Celebrates the Arts! The performance will take place on Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 PM in the Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Admission is free, however a ticket is required. To request a ticket, visit http://arts.cah.ucf.edu/event/wind-symphonic-band.
UCF Bands in Concert
February 8, 2016
All four concert bands within the UCF Bands program will be presenting concerts in the upcoming weeks. The Wind Ensemble will perform on Friday, February 26, at 7:00 PM at Winter Park High School. Featured on the program will be world-renowned clarinetist Julian Bliss. The Concert Band and University Band will present a joint concert on Sunday, February 28, at 7:00 PM in the Visual Arts Building Auditorium on the UCF Campus. The Symphonic Band will perform on Thursday, March 3, at 7:00 PM at University High School. Additional details regarding each concert are available in the "Events" portion of this web site.
Clarinetist Julian Bliss to Visit UCF
September 25, 2015
Internationally-known clarinetist Julian Bliss will visit UCF in February 2016 for a weekend of performances and clinics. The London-based performer will perform as a featured soloist with the UCF Wind Ensemble on the evening of Friday, February 26, 2016. On Saturday, February 27, Bliss will serve as a clinician for the annual UCF Clarinet Day presenting masterclasses and recitals for area high school and university students. On Saturday evening, Bliss will once again perform as a featured soloist with the Youth Band of Orlando on their second concert of the year. The University of Central Florida and the Youth Band of Orlando would like to thank Conn-Selmer, Inc. for sponsoring Julian Bliss' visit. Additional information on Julian Bliss may be found on his website.