Diamond State Concert Band

Musician's Clinic

Saturday, April 21, 2007

2nd Annual Delaware Community Band Clinic

Organized by the Diamond State Concert Band

Springer Middle School, 2220 Shipley Road, Wilmington, DE


9 am 12 noon Full Ensemble Conducted by Dr. Robert J. Streckfuss
12 noon 1 pm Lunch (provided by the workshop)
1 pm 2 pm Sectionals

  • Trumpets Conducted by Alan Hammant
  • Flutes Conducted by Eileen Grycky
  • Low Brass Conducted by Dr. Jay Hildebrandt

2 pm 4 pm Full Ensemble Conducted by Dr. Robert J. Streckfuss


The workshop is free; however, the Diamond State Concert Band asks for a $10 donation to defray the costs of the workshop


Robert J. Streckfuss received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is a Professor of Music at the University of Delaware, where he teaches courses in conducting and music education and conducts the University of Delaware Wind Ensemble. Under his direction, the University Wind Ensemble has performed for the Music Educators National Conference and the College Band Directors National Association. In 1990, the Wind Ensemble toured Luxembourg, Germany and France. Prior to joining the University faculty in 1975, he taught for nine years at Alexis I. du Pont High School in Greenville, Delaware, where he developed a highly successful band and orchestra program.

Dr. Streckfuss has been the Conductor of the Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey since 1977. The Wind Symphony, an adult wind ensemble that draws its members from a three-state area, performs music for band, wind ensemble and wind chamber ensemble at eight concerts each year. The Wind Symphony toured England during the summer of 1993 and has performed at meetings of both the MENC and the CBDNA. Dr. Streckfuss is Past-President of the Delaware Music Educators Association and a member of the Music Educators National Conference. He is also active as a guest conductor and adjudicator.

A native of Kansas, Alan Hamant received a BME degree Magna Cum Laude from Wichita State University in 1971. For the next three years, he was Director of Instrumental Music at Wichita High School South. While teaching in Wichita, he performed with the Wichita Summer Theater Orchestra and the Wichita Musician Union Band. Upon moving to Topeka, Alan continued his studies at the University of Kansas where he received a Master of Music degree in 1978. He was the first person to be awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Trumpet at that school. While there, he performed with the Kansas Brass Quintet, a University of Kansas faculty ensemble. In addition, he served as principal trumpet in all University of Kansas concert organizations and was a member of the Topeka Symphony, The Lawrence Chamber Players, and the Topeka Jazz Workshop. During his time at K.U. he was a Finalist in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition at the University of Illinois, and was named an Outstanding Soloist by the Yamaha Company Musical Instruments Division. After receiving his MM degree, he was appointed principal trumpet in the Duluth Symphony (Duluth, Minnesota) and served as Director of Bands and Instructor of Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Mr. Hamant is currently an Associate Professor of Music and Instructor of Trumpet at the University of Delaware. He performs with the Delaware Symphony, OperaDelaware, the Delaware Brass Quintet, the University of Delaware Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and as a guest soloist with Delaware Valley bands and orchestras. In addition, Professor Hamant appears frequently in the Wilmington/Newark areas with his jazz band: "Footprints."

Dr. Jay Hildebrandt, is Professor of Music and teaches low brass and jazz. He received his Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University, where he studied with internationally recognized artists such as Harvey Phillips, David Baker, Wm. J. Bell, Jay Friedman, Lewis Van Haney, Henry C. Smith, Buddy Baker and Keith Brown. Prior to his appointment at the University of Delaware in 1978, he taught in the public school of Gary, Indiana and at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

His diversified professional performing responsibilities include principal bass trombone in the Delaware Symphony, tenor trombone in Delaware Brass (the UD faculty brass quintet), tuba in the DSO Brass Quintet and euphonium in the Colonial Tuba Quartet, as well as frequent free-lance work on all four instruments. He can be heard on Spectraphonics, the newly released CD by the Colonial Tuba Quartet on Mark Records. Professor Hildebrandt has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra and such popular groups as those of Henry Mancini, Les Elgart, and Andy Williams. He has performed with Philabone, Westminster Brass, OperaDelaware, Twentieth Century Ensemble and the Playhouse Theatre.

He has been a faculty member and guest artist at the International Trombone Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee and presenter/co-organizer of the Colonial Euphonium Tuba Institute in May, 1996. Professor Hildebrandt is in high demand as a soloist and a conductor. He performed at the Sapporo (Japan) Music Festival, the International Tuba Workshop/Symposium at Lexington, Kentucky, the New York Brass Conference, and on two European tours with the Colonial Tuba Quartet, of which he is a founding member.

Flutist Eileen Grycky is an assistant professor of music at the University of Delaware where she is a member of two ensembles-in-residence: the Del'Arte Wind Quintet and the Taggart-Grycky Duo. With guitarist Christiaan Taggart, Ms. Grycky has given recitals in Belgium and France and has made several recordings that have won high praise from Fanfare and Hi-Fidelity magazines. Ms. Grycky is a member of the orchestra of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Delaware Symphony. She has been a soloist on several occasions with the Delaware Symphony, the Newark Symphony, and the Mozart Society Orchestra in Philadelphia. As a member of the Mozart Society Orchestra, Ms. Grycky has performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. Ms. Grycky also performs on the baroque flute as a member of the Brandywine Baroque Ensemble with whom she has completed a recording of music by Telemann. She recently performed as soloist with the Brandywine Baroque Orchestra at Boston's Early Music Festival. Ms. Grycky is an active performer of 20th-century music and is a member of the University's New Music Delaware committee which presents a festival of new music each spring. Ms. Grycky has been a frequent substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and is a former member of the flute faculty of Temple University. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory.

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