New England Conservatory hosts the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, which runs from March 6 to 8. The conference centers on the theme of "Crossing Over" and features the many different kinds of music we now perform, influenced by jazz, world, ethnic, techno, pop, fusion—it runs the gamut.

This morning's open dress rehearsal includes two works to be premiered this evening by the NEC Wind Ensemble. Gunther Schuller will attend for his work as will arranger Ken Schaphorst, who has created a performing set of parts for Charles Mingus’s heretofore lost, but groundbreaking, Half-Mast Inhibition.

Please register here for the conference.

Download a PDF of the conference schedule.

Pricing for walk-in attendees

The various events of the conference are open to registered participants, as well as by day pass, which can be purchased at the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall.

Day Pass (includes presentations): $55, $10 for high school teachers with i.d., free for all high school and local college students with i.d.

All evening concerts are free and open to the public.

Three-day conference registration price for college students is $50.

Date: March 6, 2014 - 9:00:AM
Price: Conference registration required, or admission by day pass purchased at the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall.
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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