The Oregon Band Directors Association is committed to advancing instrumental education, and contributing the field of wind band literature. We plan to continue with future commission projects, covering multiple ability levels, as well as offer the ability to join consortiums such that even more schools have the opportunity to participate in future endeavors.
The Oregon Band Directors Association is commissioning a piece for the 2019 All-State Middle School Honor Band. We have secured a contract with William Owens for a grade 2.5 piece with an Oregon theme/focus. Mr. Owens will also serve as guest conductor for the 2019 ensemble, and premiere this new piece. We have currently met our quota for the consortium to fulfill this commission project. If you have signed up, please know that you are not officially counted until your payment is received. In the case that payment is not received, we will reopen the consortium to additional schools.
William Owens (b. 1963) received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1985 from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. A seasoned music educator, Mr. Owens is active as a composer, conductor, and clinician throughout the United States. Mr. Owens has written numerous commissioned and published works for middle school and high school concert bands. His music has been programmed at prestigious venues such as the Midwest Clinic and appears on required music lists both nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the California Band Directors Association, the Chicago Public Schools Bureau of Cultural Arts, and the Texas University Interscholastic League. He is a winner of the ASCAPlus award and a two-time recipient of the Forrest L. Buchtel Citation for Excellence in Band Composition. Professional memberships include ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, and Texas MEA. Mr. Owens resides in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife Georgia. To find out more about William Owens and his music, visit his website: http://www.williamowensmusic.com.