10 Years with Eugene Migliaro Corporon

10 Years with Eugene Migliaro Corporon

by Christopher Tucker

Back in April 2006, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (LSWO) was founded with a dream of establishing a professional wind band, giving back to the community through music. Music changing lives became our mantra. When founders Barry Knezek, Robert Clark, and myself discussed conductors, the first name mentioned was Eugene Migliaro Corporon.

Corporon held deep-rooted ties with many of the musicians from that inaugural season – as colleagues and former students. Together, we produced two spectacular concerts, a commercial CD on the NAXOS label, and soon after, orchestrated our first convention performance at Texas Bandmasters Association in San Antonio. His artistry, passion, strength of character, and commitment led Eugene Migliaro Corporon to become the organization’s first and only Music Director.

With Maestro Corporon’s guidance and musicianship, the LSWO has produced over 40 concert performances, four commercial CDs, and five convention performances including the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles). Eugene Migliaro Corporon has opened up new opportunities for the LSWO, building an impressive awareness of performance excellence in the wind band community.

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra will mark the 10-year anniversary of Eugene Migliaro Corporon as Music Director and Conductor. The program focuses on Maestro Corporon’s love of cars with works like David Gillingham’s Internal Combustion and John Mackey’s Redline Tango. The LSWO will give the world premiere of James Stephenson’s Concerto Grosso featuring four LSWO musicians. The concert titled “JoyRide” will be at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX. The concert starts at 2:30pm.

Please join us for this special concert and tribute, thanks to Marquee Sponsor Classic BMW.

For tickets, visit https://www.eisemanncenter.com/event/i/6460/d/lone-star-wind-orchestra

Eugene Migliaro Corporon’s legacy goes back over 40 years. Here are some of those highlights and contributions to our wind band community:

Recording History (140+ albums)
  • 11 with the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony through the Klavier label
  • 48 with the North Texas Wind Symphony (23 with Klavier, 25 with GIA)
  • GIA Composer’s Collection – 17 composers featured
  • GIA Teaching Music through Performance in Band – 10 volumes, 1 volume Middle School Band, 1 volume Marches
  • 17 with the Showa Wind Symphony
  • 4 with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Naxos and Mark Records)
  • 3 GIA DVDs with North Texas Wind Symphony
  • Co-author on The Anatomy of Conducting: Architecture and Essentials DVD with James Jordan, GIA Publications
Contributing Author
  • Author of Explorations, Discoveries, Inventions and Designs in the Know Where, GIA Publications, 2016
  • Has contributed a chapter to all 11 volumes of GIA’s Teaching Music through Performance in Bandseries 1997-2017
  • Wrote the introduction to James Jordan’s books The Conductor’s Gesture, a Practical Approach of Rudolf Laban’s Movement Language and The Musician’s Soul: A Journey Examining Spirituality for Performers, Teachers, Composers, Conductors, and Music Educators, GIA Publications, 1999
  • Contributed to Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Band Solos with Wind Band Accompaniment, A Compendium of Compositions, GIA Publications, 2011
  • Co-author with Barry Green: One Band That Took a Chance: The Ithaca High School Band from 1995-1967, University of Wisconsin Press, 1988
  • Co-author of Wind Ensemble and Band Repertoire with David Wallace, University of Northern Colorado Press, 1984
  • Towards a Guiding Philosophy for Bands, CMEA Journal, Volume XXIX, No. 4, Spring 1982
  • Co-authored Wind Ensemble Literature, Second Edition with H. Robert Reynolds, Allan McMurray, Stanley DeRusha, and Grechesky, University of Wisconsin Press, 1975
  • Numerous citations in other’s work
Awards and Honors
  • NT Wind Symphony selected as performing group at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, 2019
  • LSWO performed at the 2016 National Association for Music Education Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
  • Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor, 2015
  • In July of 2015, the LSWO performed at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
  • Phi Beta Mu International Band Conductor of the Year
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for Advancing the Cause of Music in America
  • UNT Student Government Association Honor for Teaching Excellence
  • Music for All Hall of Fame
  • LSWO performed at the 2012 Arkansas Bandmasters Convention honoring composer Francis McBeth.
  • Grainger Medal of Distinction, Percy Grainger Society, 2007
  • A.A. Harding Award, American School of Band Directors Association, 2004
  • University of North Texas Honor Professor Award, 2004
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Arts, California State University, 2003
  • Co-Founder, Region Lazzio Wind Conducting Institute, Rome, Italy 2002
  • Hosted 31st Annual CBDNA Conference at UNT 2001
  • President, CBDNA 1999-2001
  • NT Wind Symphony selected as guest ensemble at the American Bandmasters Association National Convention, 1998
  • Invited to jury an International Conductors Competition in Milan, Italy 1998
  • Invited to Teach International Conductors Course in Munch, Germany 1998
  • Chapter contributor to David Elliott’s Music Matters Project, Oxford University Press 1998
  • Two Grammy Nominations in Category 90 – Classica, 1997
  • NT Wind Symphony guest ensemble at World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Convention, San Luis, Obispo, CA 1997
  • Membership, American Bandmasters Association, 1996
  • NT Symphonic Winds Perform at TMEA Convention in San, Antonio 1996
  • NT Wind Symphony premieres Olympic Dances by John Harbison in Atlanta, GA 1996
  • NT Wind Symphony perform at CBDNA National Convention in Atlanta, GA 1996
  • NT Wind Symphony premieres In Evenings Stillness, by Joseph Schwantner 1996
  • College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony performs at Ohio Music Educators Association Convention, 1993
  • College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony performs at Yamaha Japan Band Clinic during Japan tour 1993
  • College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony featured on United and Delta Airlines in-flight programming, 1993
  • College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony performs at Golden Anniversary Convention, CBDNA in Kansas City, MO 1991
  • College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony performs at Ohio Music Educator’s Association Convention 1990
  • Michigan State University Wind Symphony selected to perform at the CBDNA National Convention, Chicago, IL 1987
  • Michigan State University Wind Symphony performs at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Convention, Boston, MA 1987
  • Michigan State University Wind Symphony performs at the Fortieth International Mid-West band and Orchestra Clinic, Chicago, IL 1986
  • Certificate of Awards presented to the Michigan State University Wind Symphony/Symphony Band at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association
  • Honorary Membership, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Directors Association
  • Certificate of Award presented to the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble by the Colorado Music Educators Association
  • University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble performance at the CBDNA North Central Division Convention, Madison WI 1978
  • University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble performance at the CBDNA Convention in Milwaukee, WI 1978
  • University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble selected to perform at the National Wind Ensemble Conference, 1977
  • University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble performance at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Champaign, IL 1977
  • Certificate of Recognition for Arts Day, presented at the State Capitol by the California Legislature
  • Honorary Membership, New Mexico Music Educators Association
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