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Photo submitted Dr. Paula Holcomb conducts the Wind Ensemble at the King Concert Hall.

Dr. Paula Holcomb, who is director of bands at the State University of New York at Fredonia, was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association, a prestigious organization that recognizes the significant achievements and contributions of its members to the advancement of the wind ensemble and its literature.

Current members include less than 300 bandleaders and composers in the United States and Canada, as well as 80 associate members from businesses and music companies that provide significant band services and the publication of band music. Membership – by invitation only for conductors and composers – is considered a high honor and is only offered to leaders in the profession.

Last spring, Holcomb also served as guest conductor for the University of Illinois Wind Symphony, Western/Northwestern College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band in Seattle, Washington, Drake University Honor Band, and clinician for bands at Orchard Park High. School.

Additionally, Holcomb directed the world premiere of “Carnival,” by Augusta Read Thomas, Pulitzer Prize finalist and professor of composition at the University of Chicago, with Nadina Mackie Jackson, bassoonist, and the Fredonia Wind Ensemble. The work was commissioned by SUNY Fredonia with support from a Sorel Medallion in Recording Fellowship and the Carnahan Jackson Fund for the Humanities, both through the Fredonia College Foundation, as well as a Sigma Alpha Iota Grant Project.

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