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Johan de Meij To Guest Conduct During WCSD Wind Ensemble Festival

The Williamsville Central School District Music Department, in partnership with the Williamsville Music Boosters, is proud to announce world-renowned conductor and composer Johan de Meij will guest conduct during the Wind Ensemble Festival on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Williamsville South High School at 7:00 p.m.

De Meij, who wrote and debuted Symphony no. 1 “The Lord of the Rings” in 1988 based off of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, will conduct more than 100 student musicians from Williamsville East, Williamsville North, and Williamsville South in the world premiere of “The Painted Bird,” an original 11-minute music composition commissioned by the Williamsville Music Boosters.  The event will also be streamed on the District’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4yYhWafB06n25wZC8pup6A

“We are beyond excited to welcome Johan de Meij to Williamsville,” said Williamsville South Band Director Matt Cool.  “His visit has been three years in the making and he has written a piece that is destined to stand out as a significant contribution to the wind band repertoire.”

“Our schools are some of the best in the area, some of the best in the state,” said Williamsville East senior Joshua Daniels.  “It’s amazing.  I’m really excited about it.”

Rehearsals will take place at Williamsville South High School leading up to the concert. In addition, de Meij will be at each high school on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 working with the bands in each music department.

“One, being a world premiere is amazing to be a part of,” added Adam Hakansson, a senior at Williamsville North.  “It’s really fun music to play.”

The Williamsville Central School District has been recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education for 13 straight years and is proud to be able to bring this performance to the entire Williamsville community during “Music In Our Schools” month.

“Williamsville has a long-standing tradition of providing opportunities for our students to work with the finest musicians, and we are thrilled to be able to welcome Johan de Meij to our schools and our community,” added Instructional Specialist for the Arts Michael Russo.

“We’ve been looking forward to this project for two to three years, and now that it’s finally here, my senior year, makes it that much more exciting,” said Williamsville South senior Tarin Rietz.

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