Sound Decisions About Quality Concert Band Repertoire:
Music Grades 1

February 3May 4, 2020

Selection of middle level music of the highest quality for young, developing musicians should be of paramount interest. The middle level band is blessed with a vast repertoire that can present challenges to both the veteran teacher and those who are just beginning their careers. This course identifies meritorious middle-level repertoire (grade .5 to grade 3). Primary activities include listening to quality repertoire included in the beginning and middle level volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, discussing and sharing information about additional quality repertoire in the form of annotated bibliographies, and creating a curriculum of music that is based on the menu principle and tailored specifically to the needs of your program.


  • Know, recognize and identify significant middle level repertoire in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series.
  • Recognize good performances of literature, providing a means to develop a sense of acceptable ensemble performance.
  • Evaluate music according to criteria of musical/educational merit.
  • Apply all of the above to the creation of a core list of repertoires suitable for their individual programs and needs.

Instructor: Dr. Jay Gilbert

Gilbert,_Jay_headshot_2015Dr. Jay W. Gilbert has enjoyed the longest tenure (22 years) in the 120-year history of the band program at Doane University in Nebraska. He is the Director of Instrumental Music and Chair of the Music Department where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Community/Concert Band. He has been a guest conductor throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has also served as a presenter for numerous state conventions as well as the Midwest International Band/Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He also is an active composer and arranger with several published compositions for band. Every summer, he is honored to conduct the middle-level band at the Kansas State University Band Camp.
Dr. Gilbert conducted a study of quality wind band literature that is often cited in current research. He is also a contributing scholar to the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and a contributing author to the book The Art of Band Interpretation. Dr. Gilbert has received several awards including two Distinguished Service Awards from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, three Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, an Artist’s Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, and the Zenon Hansen Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to Doane. He was recognized by Doane as Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the college’s student congress, and was inducted into the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Band Hall of Fame.

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