ASU's wind bands 2019-20 season celebrates community

September 13, 2019

The ASU School of Music wind bands 2019-20 concert season features band classics, chamber works, new compositions and collaborations that celebrate and cultivate community through music.

“I am excited about our upcoming season that aims to build community through wind band music,” said Jason Caslor, associate professor in the ASU School of Music and director of wind ensembles. “We will offer over 10 concerts throughout the Valley and share the stage with, among other groups, the ASU Gospel Choir, the Tempe Winds and the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band. We will also collaborate with guest artists Joe Burgstaller, J. Smith, Christopher Creviston, Joshua Gardner, James Hudson and more.” wind bands ASU wind bands students Download Full Image

Season highlights include the opening concert on Sept. 19, “Sousapalooza,” inspired by the Golden Age of Bands and the likes of John Philip Sousa, Patrick Gilmore and Edwin Franko Goldman. “It’s Just Band!” on Oct. 10 celebrates all things band with a trailblazing concert that includes all three concert bands and a special appearance by the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band.

“It is really exciting for our program that the Sun Devil Marching Band has been invited back to perform with the ASU concert bands by Dr. Caslor,” said James Hudson, director of ASU’s athletic bands and professor of practice. “We are thrilled to perform highlights from our pregame show as well as our longstanding game day hits.”

Other highlights of the season include David Maslanka’s seminal work “A Child’s Garden of Dreams,” which focuses on how youth interact with the world and how the world impacts them. ASU Gammage comes alive when the ASU Wind Symphony, under the guidance of Elliott Tackitt, share a concert with the Tempe Winds and solo performances from ASU doctoral student Katrina Clements (clarinet) and undergraduate student Nathan Salazar (soprano saxophone), co-winners of the 2019 ASU School of Music Concerto Competition. The season closes on April 15 with “Pop Fiction,” an evening of music inspired by “Seinfeld,” “American Pie” and “Saturday Night Live.”

The ASU School of Music wind band program includes the Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony and the Concert Band.

The ASU wind bands are under new leadership this fall with Caslor at the helm. Tackitt joins the school as instructor of wind band conducting and conducts the ASU Wind Symphony.

Tickets are available through the ASU Gammage box office, with free admission to some concerts as noted. General admission tickets are $12.50 at the box office; additional fees apply for online advance purchase. Free ASU student, Herberger Institute faculty and Arizona band director tickets are available.

ASU Wind Bands 2019-20 Season

ASU Wind Ensemble and ASU Wind Symphony
Jason Caslor and Elliott Tackitt, conductors
7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, ASU Gammage, Free 

A night of marches and virtuosic solos featuring ASU faculty members Joe Burgstaller, trumpet, J. Smith, percussion, and James Hudson.

“It's Just Band!”
ASU's Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band and Sun Devil Marching Band
Jason Caslor, Elliott Tackitt, Bruce Mansfield, Dylan Suehiro and James Hudson, conductors
7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, ASU Gammage, Ticketed                

“A Child’s Garden of Dreams”
ASU Wind Ensemble
Jason Caslor, conductor
7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, ASU Gammage, Ticketed                                   

Graduate Conducting Concert
ASU Wind Ensemble
Malcolm Jones and Justin Hubbard, conductors
7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, ASU Gammage, Free

“Community Connections”
ASU Wind Symphony and Tempe Winds
Elliott Tackitt, Malcolm Jones and Michael Willson, conductors
7:30 p.m. Nov. 26, ASU Gammage, Ticketed      

Katrina Clements, winner of the 2019 ASU School of Music Concerto Competition, joins the ASU Wind Symphony to perform Oscar Navarro's "Clarinet Concerto No. 2."

Tuesday Morning Music and Tea Series
ASU Chamber Winds
10:30 a.m. Dec. 3, ASU Kerr Cultural Center
Free admission, reservations

ASU Concert Band and Philharmonia
7:30 p.m. Dec. 5
ASU Gammage, Free

ASU Wind Ensemble and ASU Wind Symphony
Jason Caslor, Elliott Tackitt and Justin Hubbard, conductors
7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, ASU Gammage, Ticketed

Nathan Salazar, co-winner of the 2019 ASU School of Music Concerto Competition, joins the ASU Wind Ensemble to perform John Mackey’s “Soprano Saxophone Concerto.”

ASU Wind Symphony and ASU Concert Band
Elliott Tackitt, conductor
7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, ASU Gammage, Free

North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial National Conference
Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra
Jason Caslor and Jeffery Meyer, conductors
7:30 p.m. March 6, Mesa Arts Center, Ticketed

The ASU Wind Ensemble welcomes saxophonists from around the world to perform at this prestigious gathering at the Mesa Arts Center.

“Pop Fiction”
ASU Wind Ensemble and ASU Wind Symphony
Jason Caslor and Elliott Tackitt, conductors
7:30 p.m. April 15, ASU Gammage, Ticketed

ASU Concert Band and Philharmonia
7:30 p.m. April 28, ASU Gammage, Free

Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music


ASU Law names Sports Law and Business program for Allan 'Bud' Selig

September 13, 2019

On Sept. 12, 2019, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University announced the newly named Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business program and the establishment of the Marie Selig Professorship in Selig’s mother’s name.

The announcement was shared at the launch of the former Major League Baseball commissioner and Distinguished Professor of Sports in America at ASU Law's new book, “For the Good of the Game,” in front of a record crowd at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. photo of Selig Scholars and Commisioner Selig with Professor Zachary Gubler From left, Selig Scholar Heather Udowitch, Commissioner Allan "Bud" Selig, Selig Scholar Jada Allender and Professor Zachary Gubler, the inaugural Marie Selig Professorship recipient. Download Full Image

“The commissioner has been an instrumental part of the success of our Sports Law and Business program and we are honored that it will now be associated with such a legendary and transformative figure of professional sports,” said Dean Douglas Sylvester at ASU Law. “With his long-term support and time spent here at the law school, we are deeply grateful to both Commissioner Selig and his wife, Sue.”

The inaugural Marie Selig Professorship was awarded to Professor Zachary Gubler, whose research interests lie in the areas of corporate law and financial and securities regulation.

“It is a great privilege to be named the Marie Selig Professor of Law," Gubler said. "This professorship is a moving tribute to Commissioner Selig’s mother, who was an educator, and I commit to do my best to always be deserving of such an honor. The influence that the Selig family’s generosity will have on ASU Law is shaping up to be as great as the influence that Commissioner Selig had on baseball, which of course landed him in the Hall of Fame.”

Gubler joined the ASU law faculty in 2011 after having spent two years at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow. Prior to joining the academy, Professor Gubler served as a law clerk to Judge Richard C. Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

“Professor Gubler started here at the law school the first year I was dean and is of the highest level of integrity and a pillar of the faculty,” said Sylvester. “These professorships allow us to recruit faculty who bring their wealth of experience and groundbreaking research to the law school and we are excited to award this professorship to him.” 

Over the past several years, Selig has been a great supporter of the Sports Law and Business program. Selig was ASU Law’s convocation speaker and was the founding member of the Sports Law and Business Advisory Board. Selig also teaches in the program allowing students a unique opportunity to learn from someone who has been on the front lines of sports administration. 

“We are grateful for the continued support of Commissioner Selig and his dedication to this program,” said Glenn Wong, distinguished professor of law and executive director of the Allan "Bud" Selig Sports Law and Business program. “Through his naming of our Sports Law and Business program and his support of our Selig Scholars, ASU Law is able to provide access to an unparalleled law and graduate school experience.”

The Allan “Bud” Selig Sports Law and Business program features the expertise of world-class faculty and programming to provide specialized and targeted experiences for legal scholars with career aspirations in sports. It is the only law program in the U.S. that combines sports, law, and business into one comprehensive program.

“We are very proud of our immensely popular Sports Law and Business program,” said Sylvester. “Nowhere else in the country can a law school provide students practical experiences, taught by professors at the peak of their careers, to succeed in the sports industry, than here at ASU Law.”

Nicole Almond Anderson

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law