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The Caltech-Occidental Concert Band will perform works by Les Deutsch, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, Jack Stamp, and Frank Ticheli. Guest conducting on the concert will be Frank Ticheli, who will conduct his own arrangement of “Shenandoah”. Frank Ticheli is Professor of Composition at USC and conducts ensembles all over the world. He is a recipient of the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and also the recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship Award from that same academy. This will be the director William Bing’s last “on campus” performance. However, he will conduct the band one more time at Caltech’s Gala Program, featuring all the Performing and Visual Arts groups, on Saturday, May 21 at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. For further information about that concert, please go to the band’s website at: or call 626 395-3295.

Who we are

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.

What we do

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.

The Directors

The Caltech-Occidental Concert band welcomes Dr. Glenn D. Price, in his first year as Director of Concert Band at Caltech. He is recognized as one of the leading international conductors of today, and has conducted in thirty countries on five continents, covering the gamut from professional chamber players to 450 piece string orchestra, symphony orchestras and wind ensembles to mass bands of over 1500 musicians.

He is best-known as a major authority on music for wind groups and in this capacity he has appeared as featured conductor for many professional organizations. These include the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the American Bandmasters Association (ABA), the MidWest Clinic, the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Encontro Latino Americano (Brazil), the Shizuoka Festival (Japan), the British Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE) and others. Dr. Price has conducted many renowned soloists, such as Evelyn Glennie, Christian Lindberg, Ney Rosauro, Jens Lindemann, Alain Trudel, Roger Webster, Kenneth Tse, Rick Todd, John Marcellus, Simone Rebello and Michael Burritt.

Barb Catlin, Director of Jazz Band at Caltech, is beginning her first year at Caltech. 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.

March 2011
Caltech-Occidental Concert Band
at the Great Wall of China!