Caltech Welcomes our new Performing and Visual Arts Director and Concert Band Director
The Caltech-Occidental Concert Band and the Caltech Jazz Band draw its musicians from the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the California Institute of Technology and Occidental College, the Caltech-administered Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the local community. The groups rehearse one night a week, and perform several concerts during each school year.
Many world-famous musicians perform and clinic with the bands every year. Billy Childs, Bill Watrous, Allen Vizzutti, Gary Foster, David Shiffren, Julia Heinen, Allen Vogel, Steve Houghton, Wayne Bergeron, Bobby Shew, Tony Plog, Nolan Shaheed, Washington Rucker, Eddie Daniels, Jim Thacher, Rick Todd, Loren Marsteller, and Jim Self are a few of the performers who have played with us. Composers who have worked with the groups include Frank Ticheli, Bill Holman, Joseph Curiale, Bruce Lofgren, Dirk Fischer, George Stone, Marvin Newman, and Nick Lawrence.
Each ensemble rehearses only one night a week, and performs three or four concerts every year. The ensembles have played many world premieres and performed for over ten thousand people. The bands have recorded four CDs, some of which are still available at the Caltech Bookstore. Three years ago, the Caltech Jazz Bands recorded at world-famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
Dr. Glenn D. Price has earned an international reputation as a leading conductor and educator through his experience conducting student, community and professional ensembles in over 30 countries.
He has conducted many renowned soloists, including Evelyn Glennie, Christian Lindberg, Ney Rosauro, Jens Lindemann, Alain Trudel, Roger Webster, Kenneth Tse, Adam Frey, Simone Rebello, David Campbell, John Marcellus and Michael Burritt. Widely regarded as an authority on the field of wind music, he has appeared as featured conductor for organizations such as CBDNA, WASBE, ABA, The Midwest Clinic, MENC, and BASBWE. His numerous recordings, most notably with the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, are recognized for expanding the repertoire while offering a performance model of technical precision and musical artistry.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, his profession as a noted percussionist gradually yielded to his career as a conductor, which included studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan and the Tanglewood Music Center in the U.S., as well as in Europe and Russia.
His distinguished performing, teaching and conducting career has included full-time positions in Canada, Los Angeles, as Director of Wind Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His dedicated service to the profession has encompassed appointments as Artistic Director of the International Youth Wind Orchestra, Founding Conductor of the Orquesta Latinoamericano de Vientos (Wind Orchestra of Latin America), and election as President of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
He is the newly-appointed Director of Performing and Visual Arts at Caltech, and conducts the Caltech-Occidental College Concert Band, previously led for 40 years by William Bing.
Barb Catlin, Director of Jazz Band at Caltech, has been at Caltech since 2013. Barb has held positions as the Musical Director of the acclaimed youth honor jazz program, The Young Sounds of Arizona, and was Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa Community College in Arizona. A pianist by profession, Barb received numerous accolades as a player and educator, including being named as a Downbeat “Player to Catch” and receiving the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Jazz in Arizona. Along with teaching at Caltech, Barb directs the jazz program at Pomona College.
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