Welcome to the NIU Concert Band Festival hosted by Phantom Regiment and to Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, one of the best concert venues in the Midwest!
Phantom Regiment is excited to be hosting our annual Concert Band Festival here at the beautiful Boutell Memorial Concert Hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University.
Today’s festival includes:
- Nationally Recognized Clinicians
- Professional audio recordings
- Instant Feedback via Audio Commentary
- Live, post-performance clinic
- Performance by NIU Wind Ensemble
Live HD Webcast
A live high-definition webcast of your event will be provided. This webcast will be available to all network devices based on location and bandwidth. The webcast can be viewed at http://niu.edu/music/come-hear-us/webcast.shtml. The webcast will be available for the duration of the live event and will not be archived in any fashion.
Phantom Regiment Academy Director
Dr. Kate Ferguson
Dr. Kate Ferguson is the Director of Athletic Bands at Youngstown State University. Currently in her twenty-fourth year as an educator, Ferguson previously taught in the Akron Public, Crestwood Local and Cuyahoga Falls City School Districts. Additionally, she has served as a faculty member at The College of Wooster, Southeast Missouri State University, Kent State University. She holds a Bachelors in Music Education degree from Kent State University, a Masters in Music Education Degree from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University.
Under her direction, Ferguson’s ensembles consistently earn superior ratings at both district and state Ohio Music Education Association Events. Her ensembles have been invited to perform at the International Music Festival at the Kennedy Center for the performing arts, the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational at Severance Hall, the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Conference, the Magnificent Mile Light Parade, and the Fort-McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade. Additionally, her performing groups are highly involved in community performances and events within the Northeast Ohio area.
Ferguson recently presented sessions on Sight Reading at the 2021 Kentucky Music Education Association Conference, the 2018 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the 2019 OMEA Professional Development Conference. Additionally, Ferguson has presented her research on several occasions at the Research Roundtable, and Poster Session associated with the OMEA Professional Development Conference. She has spoken about sight reading and concert preparation during instruction improvement days in the Akron Public Schools. Ferguson is published in Contributions to Music Education, and the TRIAD.
Ferguson is an active member of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). Her service to OMEA includes adjudication and hosting High School Solo & Ensemble Events. In addition, she has been a frequent member of the Professional Conference Planning Committee, has served as the All State Band Chair, and Past-President of District VI.
Director of Athletic Bands at Northern Illinois University
Dr. Thomas Bough
Dr. Thomas Bough joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Athletic Bands. He also conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches graduate conducting and instrumental arranging. Bough holds MM and DMA degrees in Tuba Performance from Arizona State University, where he was a student of Sam Pilafian and Dan Perantoni. He holds the degree Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Missouri State University, where he was active in both vocal and instrumental music. From 1999 – 2005 Bough served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and from 1992-1999 as the Band Director at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. Since 2017, he has served as the founding conductor and music director of the Fox Valley Brass Band in Aurora, Illinois.
Dr. Bough’s diverse performance background includes wind bands, brass bands, orchestras, chamber music, jazz bands, Dixieland, the Walt Disney World All American College Band and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a Yamaha sponsored artist, and performs on the Yamaha 822 CC tuba and Yamaha 822 F tuba. In this capacity, he served as a brass consultant and guest instructor with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps for six years. He was also an instructor with the Phantom Regiment Alumni Corps in 2016. Bough has contributed nearly twenty articles and hundreds of new music reviews to the Instrumentalist magazine, School Band and Orchestra magazine, and DCI Today, as well as articles to five volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance series as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz. In 2019, Bough was invited to partner with the Dansr company as a Denis Wick Ambassador.
Dr. Bough is an active conductor, arranger, composer, clinician, and adjudicator for concert band, marching band, and brass band, with dozens of appearances per year to his credit across the United States. His music is published by Alfred Publications, Cimarron Music and GPG Publications. He has served as a frequent masterclass clinician and/or conductor for the Music For All Summer Symposium and the Music For All National Concert Band Festival for over fifteen years. He has presented masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, the Crane School of Music, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo, and UNC-Greensboro, among many others. Bough has presented three times at the Midwest Clinic and twice at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, as well as the International Society for Music Education Conference in Beijing, China, four NAFME multi-state regional conventions, the International Horn Society Conference and the International Women’s Brass Conference. In addition, he has presented
at Music Educators Association State Conventions in Illinois, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Washington, Florida and the Texas Bandmasters Association.
In May of 2014, his first compact disc was released, entitled, Concertos for Brass: The Music of Thomas Bough. This disc features three original concerti for solo brass instruments and wind band, as well as a transcription of the Concerto in Eb by Neruda. It is available on the Summit Records label at www.summitrecords.com. Since then, recent commissions have included “Musings on Mahler” for Solo Trumpet and Band, “Legacy of Luther” from Concordia University in Chicago, “Air Mobility Fanfare” from the U.S. Air Force Band at Scott Air Force Base, “Poorest of the Poor: Music for Mother Teresa”, from the University of San Diego, “Fortress of Peace” from the Southwest Community Concert Band, “Leviathan” from Hubble Middle School, and “Burn” for Alto Saxophone and Band, commissioned by Dr. Greg Dewhirst from Texas Wesleyan University.
Learn more about his work at www.TomBough.com.
Director of Orchestras at Northern Illinois University
Dr. SILAS NATHANIEL HUFF
SILAS NATHANIEL HUFF is the Director of Orchestras at Northern Illinois University, Commander & Conductor of the 562nd Air Force Band (CA), and Co-Director of the International Conducting Institute, an organization dedicated to training the world’s next generation of conductors. He has conducted orchestras, bands, and new music ensembles across America, and abroad in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, and Russia. Recent guest conducting engagements include the Mankato (MN), Saint Joseph (MO), Williamsburg (VA), Catskill (NY), and Venice (FL) Symphony Orchestras.
Maestro Huff’s past positions include Director of Orchestras at Washburn University (KS); Music Director of the Astoria Symphony Orchestra (NYC), U.S. Army Orchestra (DC), Topeka Youth Symphony (KS), 44th Army Band (Albuquerque, NM), Round Rock Symphony Orchestra (TX), and the critically acclaimed Lost Dog New Music Ensemble (NYC); and Assistant Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra (CO) and Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra (VA). An avid dance conductor, Maestro Huff has conducted performances with many ballet companies—including the Martha Graham Ensemble. As a staunch advocate of new music, he has commissioned, premiered, and recorded over one hundred works by dozens of composers, including Angélica Negrón, Philippe Bodin, Rachel Whelan, Elena Specht, B. Allen Schulz, Allen Menton, Erin Rogers, David Fetherolf, Manly Romero, and many others.
In 2011, Maestro Huff won a coveted job as a U.S. Army Music Officer. As such, he conducted concerts at the White House, U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, Pentagon, and other important monuments and landmarks in Washington, D.C., on tour for audiences numbering in the thousands, and in recordings and broadcasts seen by millions of viewers. Among other notable assignments, Major Huff served as Director of The U.S. Army Orchestra (Washington, D.C.), U.S. Army Central Music Liaison Officer in the Middle East (providing musical support to American, NATO, Coalition, and State Department personnel, and local communities in five nations), and Company Commander of the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia Beach. More recently, Major Huff was the Commander of the 44th Army Band (“New Mexico’s Own” National Guard Band) in Albuquerque, NM, before transferring to the U.S. Air Force to assume command of the 562nd Air Force Band (Air Guard Band of the West Coast), which provides musical support to California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.
Maestro Huff holds degrees from Texas State University, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Colorado Boulder, and studied at the Trossingen Hochschule für Musik (Germany), L’Institut Musical Provence-Aubagne (France), and California State University-Long Beach. In 1999, Maestro Huff won First Prize in the Los Angeles Valley Composition Competition. In 2001, he was named Conductor of the Year by the California State University system, and in 2011, the Texas House of Representatives signed a resolution recognizing Maestro Huff’s distinguished musical service. The U.S. Army has conferred upon him two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal (among others), and in 2020 the Boulder Concert Band won The American Prize for Band/Wind Ensemble Performance under Maestro Huff’s baton.
President & CEO Music for All
Dr. Jeremy L. Earnhart
Dr. Jeremy L. Earnhart is President & CEO of Music for All. Music for All (MFA) is a non-profit music education events and advocacy organization established in 1975. Music for All serves 150,000 students and a live audience of 500,000 — Bands of America (BOA) Championships, the Music for All National Festival, the Music for All Summer Symposium, and the Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade comprise MFA’s anchor programming. Dr. Earnhart was previously Director of Fine Arts for the Arlington (TX) Independent School District (AISD) from 2013-2017. From 2009-2013 he was Director of Fine Arts for the Irving (TX) ISD increasing secondary fine arts participation by over 40%. He was director of the State & National Champion L.D. Bell High School Band, serving on the faculty from 1998-2009.
Dr. Earnhart graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music Education, where he played trumpet in top ensembles under Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fisher and in the Two O’Clock Lab Band under James Riggs. He holds certifications in International Baccalaureate Music, an Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. During Dr. Earnhart’s tenure with the AISD, secondary performing arts participation increased by 22%, passed a historic $663.1 million bond package including a District-wide Fine Arts Center, two Fine Arts and Dual Language Elementary Academies, acoustically appropriate elementary strings classrooms, and $9.8 million for instruments and uniforms. He also created a partnership with the U of North Texas for Dual Credit Music and the nation’s first public/private partnership course in Musical Instrument Repair with Music & Arts. With the AHS Orchestra, AISD also began the first Texas chapter of United Sound, providing musical performance experiences through peer mentorship for students with disabilities.Jeremy resides in the Indianapolis metro area with his wife, Gwendolyn, a career music educator turned accountant, and their daughter Kierstyn, an all-state trumpet player and standout basketball lead guard.