Thursday, October 19, 2017
Each fall more than 100 of the Northland's best high school musicians gather at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for the Tri-State Honor Band Festival.
The musicians spend the day working with music faculty and guest clinicians. That evening they join university musicians in performing a public concert in Thorpe Langley Auditorium.
Ed Kiefer graduated from Wake Forest University with honors in 1976. He received his Masters in Music Education in 1990 from the University of Greensboro. He served as the Director of Bands at East Davidson High School in Thomasville, NC for 28 years and as Director of Instrumental Music at Pfeiffer University for 6 years. His wind ensemble and jazz bands have performed at the state MENC convention several times. Ed adjudicates regularly in all three areas and has adjudicated festivals in NC, SC, TN, VA, KY, WI and Arizona. He has served as clinician for jazz and wind ensemble for many county, district and state events, including all-state band in NC for Symphonic band and all-state jazz ensemble.
Kiefer was awarded the Jaycees Young Educator of the Year Award in1994 and has been recognized by his fellow band directors with the Award of Excellence. His publications have been performed world-wide and featured at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Through Carl Fischer and C. Alan Publications, Ed has 20 pieces published for band and for percussion ensemble, many of which are on state festival (MPA) lists.