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ABA 2018 Conference - March 7, 2018

It was an honor to take part in the Sam Houston State University Wind Ensemble performance at the American Bandmasters Association 84th Annual Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to some pretty incredible repertoire, they were nice enough to program the third movement from my new symphony for winds and percussion. The movement, called Disco Sprach Zarathustra, is full of campy musical seventies cheese. Thank you to Dr. Matthew McInturf for programming and preparing this work, to the wind ensemble for such an enthusiastic performance, and to Dr. David W. Vandewalker for conducting!

Kyle Kindred achieves 2nd place nationally in the American Prize Competition - September 30, 2014

Composer KYLE KINDRED of Humble, TX has achieved 2nd place nationally in The American Prize competition, 2014, in the professional band/wind ensemble division, for his work entitled "Variations on a Tango." Mr. Kindred was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Complete information on the


Among judges' comments: "Very endearing tango theme...the orchestration is exemplary in all sections."
For runners-up in this category and for additional winners already announced in 2014 in other competitions, please follow this link:

Finalists for The American Prize receive professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition based on their recorded performances. In addition to written evaluations from judges, winners and runners-up are profiled on The American Prize website, where links will lead to winners' websites.


The American Prize grew from the belief that a great deal of excellent music being made in this country goes unrecognized and unheralded, not only in our major cities, but all across the country: in schools and churches, in colleges and universities, and by community and professional musicians.

With the performing arts in America marginalized like never before, The American Prize seeks to fill the gap that leaves excellent artists and ensembles struggling for visibility and viability. The American Prize recognizes and rewards the best America produces, without bias against small city versus large, or unknown artist versus well-known.

David Katz is the chief judge of The American Prize. Professional conductor, award-winning composer, playwright, actor and arts advocate, he is author of MUSE of FIRE, the acclaimed one-man play about the art of conducting. Joining Katz in selecting winners of The American Prize is a panel of judges as varied in background and experience as we hope the winners of The American Prize will be. Made up of distinguished musicians representing virtually every region of the country, the group includes professional vocalists, conductors, composers and pianists, tenured professors and orchestra, band and choral musicians.

“Most artists may never win a Grammy award, or a Pulitzer, or a Tony, or perhaps even be nominated,” Katz said, “but that does not mean that they are not worthy of recognition and reward. Quality in the arts is not limited to the coasts, or to the familiar names. It is on view all over the United States, if you take the time to look for it. The American Prize exists to encourage and herald that excellence.”

By shining a light on nationally recognized achievement, winners of The American Prize receive world-class bragging rights to use in promotion right at home. “If The American Prize helps build careers, or contributes to local pride, or assists with increasing the audience for an artist or ensemble, builds the donor base, or stimulates opportunities or recruitment for winning artists and ensembles, then we have fulfilled our mission,” Katz said.

In addition to composition awards, in The American Prize sponsors competitions for conductors, ensembles, vocalists and pianists.

The American Prize
 is administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization based in Danbury, Connecticut.



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