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Dylan Rook Maddix, a sought-after conductor, clinician, trumpeter and adjudicator, is a second-year doctorate student at Arizona State University pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in wind band conducting. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, he is founder of the Toronto Winds and co-host of The Band Room Podcast.
Maddix served as Professor of Music and head of wind and brass studies at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where he conducted the wind ensemble, taught music theory, wind/brass methods and pedagogy courses. He rebuilt the wind ensemble program and founded the Cambrian College Wind Conducting Workshop, and was also on the conducting faculty at Laurentian University.
He maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community and has been music director of the Milton Concert Band and the Northern Brass Choir, a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, program assistant of the Hannaford Youth Program and is currently manager of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. He conducted the Royal Conservatory Brass Ensemble, Northern Ontario Honour Band, Halifax Community Band Festival, Northdale Concert Band, Western University New Music, Hannaford Youth Band, Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, Kingston Brass Choir and Bathurst Chamber Festival Orchestra.

Maddix was the conducting/music consultant for Netflix’s Umbrella Academy and Global TV’s Private Eyes and has performed with artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, The Video Games Live Orchestra, Johnny Reid, The Broadway Tenors, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Hogtown Brass Quintet and Vox Aeris Trio.

A 2011 and 2014 Canadian National Music Festival prizewinner, he has been a featured soloist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, Weston Silver Band, Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra and Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. Maddix holds a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University.

Kevin Joseph most recently served as Associate Director of Bands at Basha High School in Chandler. Prior to his appointment at Basha, Kevin was the Director of Bands at Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa, Arizona. Kevin regularly plays Tuba with the Red Mountain Brass Quintet and the Chandler Symphony. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Secondary Music Education from Ottawa University.

Anna Scott currently resides in Sioux City, IA. This past school year she served as the Saxophone Instructor at Morningside University and Instrumental Methods Instructor at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Previously, Anna was the Head Band Director from 2016-2022 at East High School in Sioux City where she oversaw the Symphonic Band, Black Raider Marching Band, Jazz I, and athletic pep bands. Anna began her teaching career in 2013 as the 5-12 Band Director in Saint Ansgar, IA.

Anna earned her Master’s of Music degree from The University of Kansas in saxophone performance and Bachelor of Music Education from South Dakota State University. Outside of school and teaching, Anna has served in South Dakota’s 147th Army Band for 15 years playing saxophone in the music performance team, SGT Rock. She also has an energetic, 5-year-old mini Goldendoodle, Rey.

Schedule of Performances

For ASU Gammage ticketed events, tickets are available for $12 at the ASU Gammage Box Office or can be purchased online at Ticketmaster (fees apply). For ASU students, faculty and staff see ticketing information below.

ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, September 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
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ASU Gammage, Tempe Campus  

The ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a dynamic evening of music. Join us as the Wind Symphony teams up with ASU Dance to present Eugenio Toussaint’s Dias de los Muertos originally commissioned by the Phoenix Symphony and Ballet Arizona. The Wind Ensemble will share the stage with Grupo BombAZo and also present works by Carlos Chávez, Alberto Ginastera, Rafael Méndez, and Genaro Codina. 

          Alfred Sadel & Terig Tucci/Krance: Lola Flores
Eugenio Toussaint/Hall: Dias de los Muertos
          Arturo Marquez/Nickel: Danzon No. 2
          Denis Llinás: Un Cafecito
          Rafael Méndez: Tre-Méndez Polka
          Carlo Chávez: Sinfonia India
          Alberto Ginastera: Dances from Estancia: Danza Final (Malambo)                                    

ASU Chamber Winds & Maroon and Gold Band
Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7:30 p.m.  purchase tickets
Madison Center for the Arts,
Phoenix  directions

A tale of two halves, the ASU Chamber Winds and Maroon and Gold Band present music that ranges from intimate chamber music to a large concert band. 

ASU Wind Ensemble and Mountain Ridge High School Band
Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 7 p.m.
Mountain Ridge High School

The ASU Wind Ensemble partners with the bands at Mountain Ridge High School for an exciting evening of collaboration.

ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony
From Shakespeare to Hughes
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
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ASU Gammage, Tempe Campus  

The Wind Symphony turns to composers who were inspired by the work of William Shakespeare, while the Wind Ensemble features ASU’s Nathan Myers, assistant professor of voice, in Erik Santos’ The Seer, winner of the 2020 American Bandmasters Association Sousa-ABA-Ostwald Award.       

          Guy Woolfenden: Illyrian Dances
          William Walton/Dan Phillips: Henry V
          Edward Gregson: The Sword and the Crown
          Erik Santos: The Seer
                    Nathan Myers, vocalist

ASU Wind Ensemble
Monday, November 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
School of Music, Dance & Theatre Organ Hall
Concert program

DMA conducting student Dylan Rook Maddix leads an evening of chamber music that centers around the theme of home.

          JoAnne Harris: Dawn Chorus
          Francis Poulenc: Suite Française
          Anna Clyne: Overflow
          E.K.R. Hammell: New Work (World Premiere)
          Cait Nishimura: New Fanfare (American Premiere)
          Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
          Kevin Lau: Concerto for Brass & Percussion

ASU Wind Symphony & Maroon and Gold Band
Give Us This Day
Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 7:30 p.m.  purchase tickets 
ASU Gammage, Tempe Campus 

Join the ASU Wind Symphony and the Maroon and Gold Band for our last concert of the Fall Semester. The Wind Symphony program welcomes Dr. Leah McGray, director of Instrumental Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo. This music features the dynamic music of David Maslanka with his Short Symphony – Give Us This Day.

          Andrew Blair: ANTI Fanfare
          Florence Price/Williams: Adoration
          Percy Grainger: Handel in Strand
          David Maslanka: Give Us This Day

ASU Wind Ensemble
Friday, January 27, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
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ASU Gammage, Tempe Campus  

In collaboration with the Sidney Poitier New American Film School, the ASU Wind Ensemble presents an evening of music from the movies. Highlights include music from Star Wars and Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.  

          Li: The Last Hive Mind
          de Meij: The Lord of the Rings: Hobbits
          Whitacre: Godzilla Eats Las Vegas
          Williams/Hunsberger: Star Wars 

ASU Chamber Winds
Wednesday, February 8 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall, Tempe Campus

Join us for an evening of contemporary and classic music for chamber winds.

ASU Maroon and Gold Band & Philharmonia
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
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ASU Gammage, Tempe campus

Join us on Valentine’s Day for a special event where the Maroon and Gold Band joins in perfect harmony with the ASU Philharmonia.

ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony
From Venice With Love

Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 7:30 p.m. purchase tickets
ASU Gammage, Tempe Campus 

ASU's trombone faculty Brad Edwards (trombone) is featured on Viet Cuong's Howls and Hymns. Also on the concert is music from Leonard Bernstein’s Romeo and Juliet inspired West Side Story and Paul Hindemith’s epic Symphony in Bb.

          Julie Giroux: Riften Wed
          Leonard Bernstein/Lavender: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
          Viet Cuong: Howls and Hymns
                    Brad Edwards, trombone
          Paul Hindemith: Symphony in Bb

Wind Symphony and Tempe High School Band
Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 7 p.m.
Tempe High School

Join the ASU Wind Symphony as they join forces with the bands of Tempe High School.

          Gustav Holst: Second Suite in F
          J.S. Bach/Goldman/Leist: Fantasia in G

ASU Wind Ensemble
Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 7:30 p.m. 
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ASU Gammage, Tempe Campus  

The ASU Wind Ensemble welcomes to campus Dr. Gillian MacKay, Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Ensemble at the University of Toronto, to conduct David Maslanka’s Traveler. We are also excited to share the stage with ASU’s bassoon professor Dr. Albie Micklich on the consortium premiere of Nico Muhly’s Reliable Sources.

          Mackey: Asphalt Cocktail
          Maslanka: Traveler
          Muhly: Bassoon Concerto - "Reliable Sources" 

ASU Wind Symphony & Maroon and Gold Band
Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
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ASU Gammage, Tempe Campus  

Join the ASU Wind Symphony and the Maroon and Gold Band for the final concert of the ASU Wind Bands season.

For ASU Gammage ticketed events, tickets are available for $12 at the ASU Gammage Box Office or can be purchased online at Ticketmaster (fees apply). All students with ASU, college, or school ID receive one complimentary ticket and all HIDA faculty and staff receive two complimentary tickets. Complimentary tickets can be picked up at the box office prior to the event and during all normal business hours.

All Herberger Institute students, faculty and staff and Mirabella residents are eligible for complimentary tickets to most events ticketed through the Herberger Institute box office. Click buy tickets to obtain your complimentary tickets using your 10-digit ASU ID as the promo code.

Guest artists 2022-23

Shuying Li

Praised by the Seattle Times as “a real talent” with “skillful orchestral writing, very colorful language and huge waves of sound,” Shuying Li is an award-winning composer who began her musical education in her native China. In her sophomore year at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she won a scholarship to continue her undergraduate studies at The Hartt School in Connecticut. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and is a research faculty member at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. A passionate educator, Shuying has taught and directed the Composition/Theory Program at Gonzaga University. She will join the faculty at California State University, Sacramento in Fall 2022.

Shuying Li’s compositions have been performed by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Ningbo Symphony Orchestra (China), Alarm Will Sound Ensemble, American Lyric Theater, Argus Quartet, Four Corners Ensemble, Hartford Opera Theater, Composers Conference Ensemble, Donald Sinta Quartet, Orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), ICon Arts Ensemble (Romania), Cecilia Quartet (Canada), 15.19. Ensemble (Italy), Ascanio Quartet (Italy), Atlas Ensemble (Netherlands), among others. Shuying has received awards or grants from OPERA America, China National Arts Fund, ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize, The American Prize, International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition, New Jersey Composers’ Guild Commission Competition, International Huang Zi Composition Competition, the Michigan Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Competition, Melta International Composition Competition, etc.

A believer that music has the innate power to promote cultural diversity by connecting people through universally human passions and values, Shuying founded the Four Corners Ensemble in 2017. As Artistic Director and Conductor of the ensemble, Shuying’s efforts have led to residencies and performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, the Polish Consulate General in New York City, OPERA America, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the University of Michigan, The Hartt School, and the Hartford Opera Theater. Shuying also pioneered the Operation Opera Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Jimo Ancient City Classical Music Festival in Qingdao, China. Four Corners’ debut album, World Map, a series of chamber concertos Shuying composed for the members, has received acclaim published in Gramophone, Pizzicato, and Take Effect.

Upcoming projects include performances by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Contemporary Ensemble (Russia), and Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia; an opera commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with librettist Julian Crouch in development with the Houston Grand Opera supported by OPERA America; as well as a band consortium commission by 20 universities including the Hartt School, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, Cornell University, and University of Illinois, etc. For more information, please visit

Gillian MacKay

Gillian MacKay is Professor of Music of the University of Toronto, where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. Gillian has an active professional career as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician and trumpeter. She has conducted honour ensembles throughout Canada and the United States, and is Associate Conductor of the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra. Dr. MacKay has adjudicated Canadian band festivals at local, provincial, and national levels in Canada. She has conducted honour bands and judged competitions in the US, Singapore, Thailand, and Korea.

Dr. MacKay enjoys presenting clinics and workshops at provincial and state conferences in Canada and the United States, and is known for her work on the relationship between conducting and mime. Currently, she is investigating the application of the Michael Chekhov acting technique to movement and meaning in conducting. Recognized as a conducting pedagogue, Gillian leads the University of Toronto Wind Conducting Symposium each July, and has been the guest instructor at other symposia in Canada and the United States.

Gillian holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Lethbridge, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and Northwestern University.

Leah McGray

Leah McGray is the Director of Instrumental Studies for the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she conducts the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and teaches classes in conducting and theory. Dr. McGray held a similar position at Rhodes College in Memphis TN and has served as guest conductors for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In demand internationally as a conductor and adjudicator, she has conducted across the United States, Canada, and South Korea, and will be the conductor for the National Youth Band of Canada in 2023.

Dr. McGray earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She received the Master of Music in conducting from University of Toronto, and Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from Acadia University. Twice awarded major grants from the Social Science Humanities and Research Council in Canada, her research explores techniques of non-verbal leadership, and orchestral and wind ensemble repertoire by traditionally underrepresented composers.

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