Baylor University Fourth Annual Clarinet Festival
Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet
The United States Air Force Band of the West
Saturday, April 2, 2016 – Jones Concert Hall – 1:10PM
~ Program to be selected from ~
Streicherquartett Nr. 14, D-moll, Death and the Maiden (1824) Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
IV. Presto – Prestissimo arr. M. Craig
Aires Tropicales for Woodwind Quintet (1994) Paquito d’Rivera (b. 1948)
Valse arr. B. King
The Black Horse Troop (1924) John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
Fuga y Misterio from “Maria de Buenos Aires” (1968) Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
arr. J. Scott/M. Craig
Jiddisch Sjlimmert (c. 2002) Patrick Hiketick (n.d.)
MSgt Kara Frank, SSgt Denise Cardona, SrA Jennifer Daffinee, Bb Clarinet
MSgt Mark Craig, Bass Clarinet
Road Trip: 3 Diversions for 5 Clarinets (2015) Clifton Jameson Jones (b. 1962)
~ World Premiere ~
Serenade für Bläser Nr. 10, Bes-Dur, Gran Partita, K.361 (1781) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
VII. Rondo arr. M. Craig
Paula Corley, MSgt Kara Frank, SSgt Denise Cardona, SrA Jennifer Daffinee, Bb Clarinet
MSgt Mark Craig, Bass Clarinet
Ms. Corley’s performance is sponsored by Buffet Group, U.S.A. and DANSR.
~ Program Notes ~
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden, is one of the pillars of chamber music repertoire and was composed after Schubert suffered serious illness, thus realizing he was dying. As such, it is his testament to death and is named for the theme of the second movement taken from his lieder of 1817 by the same title. The quartet premiered in 1826 in a private home and was published posthumously in 1831. As with many great works of art, the quartet was dismissed during Schubert’s lifetime, but has become a staple of the string quartet repertoire. Master Sergeant (MSgt) Mark Craig made this arrangement specifically for the Mission Winds Quartet in 2016.
Fourteen-time Grammy award winning saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito d’Rivera was commissioned to compose his seven-movement work Aires Tropicales for the Aspen Wind Quintet. The work premiered in New York City with Todd Levy, clarinet. The movements Vals Venezolano and Contradanza have become staples of the Mission Winds repertoire and were arranged by retired Air Force musician Bill King of San Antonio, Texas. As the name indicates, Vals is a lively Venezuelan waltz featuring syncopations and inflections found on the streets of Venezuela. Contradanza is an upbeat Cuban dance honoring famed Cuban pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona.
Legendary bandmaster and “March King” John Philip Sousa composed The Black Horse Troop at the age of 60. The work was premiered ten months later at a concert of the Sousa Band in Cleveland, Ohio. Eleven-year-old Frederick Fennell was in the audience and recalls, “I had not been to such an event as this one; I remember that as Sousa’s march was being played, the men and horses of Cleveland’s Troop A Ohio National Guard rode the stage and stood behind the band to the tumultuous cheering of all. Once again [Sousa’s] special comprehension of the thrilling spectacle of regimental movement produced a compelling musical experience for both the player and the listener.”
María de Buenos Aires is a tango operetta with music by Astor Piazzolla and libretto by Horacio Ferrer. The work is not a true opera ballet because the dance is tango rather than classical ballet; however, it falls within the tradition of performing set dance pieces to operatic-like movements. The music draws on the nuevo tango idiom for which Piazzolla is famous. In the plot, the ill-omened María heads to the center of town and is seduced by the music of the tango, thus becoming a woman of the night. Because of her disgrace, her ghost is doomed to walk the city as penance for her past. The work closes as María’s ghost is redeemed when it gives birth to a child of purity. Fuga y Misterio is one of the many movements of the operetta and has been arranged for the Amani Winds Quintet. It is that version which has been adapted for Mission Winds.
Composer Patrick Hiketick wrote Jiddisch Sjlimmert for the Flanders Clarinet Quartet. He is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp where he studied piano, harmony and chamber music. In 1975 he obtained his degree in chamber music with the highest distinction and went on to study counterpoint and fugue at the Conservatory in Brussels. The work opens with a clarinet cadenza in the style of Yiddish or Klezmer folk song, although the form and themes of the rest of the work are not expressly of the Klezmer idiom. Originally, the term Klezmer referred to the musicians who performed these folk songs from Eastern European Jewish heritage. Only since the 1970s revival of this style of music in the United States has the term been used to designate a specific style of music. Until then, this music was labeled as "Yiddish.” The composer has also written an edition of this work for solo clarinet and piano.
Road Trip: 3 Diversions for 5 Clarinets is an eclectic musical journey recalling the divertimento of the 18th Century. It is written to appeal to the performers, as much as the audience. All members of the ensemble share in melodic material, as well as accompaniment. The first movement is a frantic sontata-allegro pattern, the second movement is a more languid song-like form with habanera rhythms (not too spicy), and the third movement caps off the piece as a lively rondo. Road Trip is meant to be fun and entertaining to perform and listen to; a dessert at the end of a meal. It is dedicated to Paula Beck Corley. Clifton Jones has several works for band, string orchestra, and ensembles published by Alfred, Grand Mesa Music, RBC Music and TRN Music. He is a native of Houston, Texas and studied at Trinity University, and with Dr. Michael Horvit at the University of Houston. Mr. Jones also studied arranging with Shelly Berg at San Jacinto College. Mr. Jones is a member of the clarinet section of the Austin Symphonic Band in Austin, Texas and has written works dedicated to the band and their director, Richard Floyd. Mr. Jones lives in Bastrop, TX and teaches part-time in the College Station ISD, College Station, Texas. He is a member of ASCAP, TMEA, and TBA.
Mozart's "Gran Partita" is a monumental gem of the wind repertoire. It is scored for two oboes, two clarinets, two basset-horns, two bassoons, four horns and double bass. K. 361 is one of three serenades that Mozart composed for wind instruments, but with seven individual movements lasting almost an hour, Serenade No. 10 is a feat of endurance for both the performer and the listener. This program features a clarinet quintet arrangement of the final rondo movement with guest artist Paula Corley of Texas Lutheran University.
The United States Air Force Band of the West is a musical organization with an outstanding record of achievement. The Airman assigned to the band are highly trained professional musicians who have dedicated themselves to serving their country through music. The USAF Band of the West travels more than 125,000 miles annually and provides hundreds of performances to military and civilian audiences throughout the Gulf Coast region and Oklahoma. The organization is made up of many ensembles including the Concert Band, Ceremonial Marching Band, Dimensions in Blue jazz ensemble, three popular music groups: Warhawk, Sky Country, and Top Flight, Freedom Brass Quintet, Spectrum Wind Quintet, Horizon Saxophone Quartet and the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet. This diversity enables the USAF Band of the West to perform all styles of music from classical to country and from marches to mambos. The band’s missions are (1) to HONOR past and present Americans who serve in our Armed Forces, (2) to INSPIRE our diverse audiences by displaying the highest level of professionalism and by sharing the finest in American music culture and entertainment, (3) to COMMUNICATE important messages to the American people and demonstrate American values and ideals to the rest of the world, and (4) to RECRUIT our nation’s best and brightest to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force.
Please address comments regarding this performance to:
Lieutenant General Darryl L. Roberson, Commander, Air Education and Training Command
1 F Street, Suite 01, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4234,
Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet Bio:
Mission Winds is the Clarinet Quartet of the United States Air Force Band of the West stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The ensemble is comprised of Eb, Bb, and Bass Clarinets and is dedicated to performing the total spectrum of today's musical literature. The members of Mission Winds bring to the United States Air Force many years of professional experience with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, touring shows, and today's popular artists. The ensemble currently performs for civilian and military audiences throughout the Gulf Coast region of the United States. The group supports music education through clinics and master classes for elementary through college-aged students, performs for protocol and ceremonial missions, and presents performance tours of traditional recitals and veterans tributes. The current members of Mission Winds are Master Sergeant Kara Frank (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Staff Sergeant Denise Cardona Santos (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico), Senior Airman Jennifer Daffinee (Corpus Christi, Texas), clarinet, and Master Sergeant Mark Craig (Richardson, Texas), bass clarinet.
Master Sergeant Mark Craig serves as the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the Mission Winds. Originally from Dallas, Texas, his Air Force career began in 1995 with the USAF Band of Liberty, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Sergeant Craig began his music career studying at J. J. Pearce High School, under Forest Aten and Tom Bennett. He studied at Southern Methodist University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music. He has studied with Steve Girko, former Principal Clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony, and Dr. James Gillespie, University Regents Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Texas. Sergeant Craig has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and for many heads of states throughout Europe and the Middle East. His unique arrangements have garnered recognition and his music has been performed in all of the Air Force Bands, including the U.S. Air Force Premier Band in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs.
Master Sergeant Kara Frank hails from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Augustana College in 1999. Sergeant Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2000. Her assignments include: the Band of the USAF Reserve (GA) from 2000 to 2011, the USAF Band of Flight (OH) from 2011-2013 and the USAF Band of West (TX) beginning in 2013.While stationed at Robins Air Force Base she had the privilege of performing for many world leaders including the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Japan, and the Prime Minister of Ireland among others.
Staff Sergeant Denise Cardona Santos is originally from Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. In 2003 she received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Professor Kathleen Jones. Before joining the Air Force SSgt Cardona also studied with David Finlayson, Jerome Ashby, Jorge Montilla, Luigi Rossi, James Gillespie, John Scott, and Ricardo Morales. SSgt Cardona Santos enlisted in the Air Force in 2005. Her first duty station was at Lackland AFB, TX with the Band of the West. During this time she was a featured guest artist at Carnegie Hall with the members of the Puerto Rico Conservatory Concert Band. The year prior to enlisting, SSgt Cardona Santos was the principle clarinetist of this ensemble, which won the call for competition tapes. In 2007 she was stationed overseas at Sembach AFB, Germany. SSgt Cardona Santos has performed in over twenty foreign countries for many U.S. Ambassadors and Foreign Dignitaries. In 2009 SSgt Cardona Santos returned to Lackland AFB, TX where she has performed with Southwest Winds, Dimensions in Blue, the Ceremonial Marching Band, the Concert Band, and the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet.
Senior Airman Jennifer Daffinee is assigned to the Concert Band, the Ceremonial Marching Band, and is the musical director of the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet. She is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas where she graduated from Richard King High School in 2001. SrA Daffinee earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2005 and her Master of Music Degree in clarinet performance (Summa Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2009. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. SrA Daffinee has taught privately since 2001 and has been an active lesson coach, adjudicator, clinician, guest lecturer, and guest artist at many school districts in the Coastal Bend and North Texas areas. She has taught at Texas A&M University-Commerce and the University of North Texas. SrA Daffinee has also performed in masterclasses for many internationally acclaimed artists including Alessandro Carbonare, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Howard Klug, and Larry Guy. Her teachers include Ronald Scott, Mary Alice Druhan, James Gillespie, and Kimberly Cole Luevano.
Paula Corley is a career music educator having completed 19 years in secondary schools where she researched and developed “So You Want To Play The Clarinet’ - a complete beginner to intermediate method and “Daily Workouts” – a developmental method for teaching clarinet sound and technique. Currently she is the applied clarinet professor at Texas Lutheran University. Prior to this appointment Paula served as the applied clarinet professor at Mars Hill University near Asheville, NC and as Principal clarinetist of the Asheville Lyric Opera.
Paula is the ‘mayor’ of clarinetcity.com, an online clarinet teaching resource and is an artist for The Buffet Group and for Vandoren. She has been featured at many state and international music conferences including The Midwest Clinic, International Clarinet Association’s ‘ClarinetFest’, The Texas Clarinet Colloquium, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Texas Music Educators Association, North Carolina Music Educators Association, Arkansas Music Educator Association, Women’s Bandmasters International, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Indiana University’s Clarinet Teaching Workshop with Howard Klug. Her articles on clarinet pedagogy have been published in The Instrumentalist magazine and on Vandoren’s website and newsletter.
Paula holds degrees from Southern Methodist University (M.M.) and from Mississippi State University (BME) where she was named Alumnus of the Year for Music in 2012. A champion of new music, Paula commissioned and recorded a new work “Unfamiliar Territory” (2014) for solo clarinet and wind ensemble by composer Michael Markowski, available for free download at Wind Band Central – You Tube, and at michaelmarkowski.com. A new commission - for clarinet quintet - will be premiered at the 2016 Baylor Clarinet Chamber Music Festival performed with the Air Force Band of the West’s Mission Winds Quartet and composer Clifton Jones in attendance.