Community Outreach 2017-18


Alumni Recital
Sonoma County Honor Band—US Navy Band—CBDNA Division Conference
Seawolf Day
Conducting Symposium

Admission is $8. Parking is included. Some events are free.

Thursday, October 12, 9 am–5 pm- cancelled due to the fires
Jazz Day
Weill Hall

Now in its sixth year, Jazz Day at SSU includes a full schedule of performing, clinics and master classes for high school Jazz bands. Participation includes admission to the Faculty Jazz Ensemble closing concert at 7:30 pm. For information contact Jazz Studies Director Doug Leibinger or call (707) 664-2324.

Free, daily parking fee $5

Jazz Day Schedule

9:00 - All bands arrive at Weill Hall
9:30 - SSU Faculty Jazz performs; Doug explains the day
10:00 - instrument breakouts
11:00 - horn sectional; combo improv session; rhythm sectional
12:00 - lunch on your own

1:00 Aragon HS
1:40 Hillsdale HS
2:20 El Camino HS
3:00 - BREAK
3:15 Petaluma HS
3:55 Napa HS
4:35 Sir Francis Drake HS

GMC 1029:
1:15 - Montgomery HS Combo
2:15 - Diablo Valley College Combo
3:15 - BREAK
3:30 - Diablo Valley College Big Band (until 4:30)

7:30 - Concert in Weill Hall with Sir Francis Drake HS and SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble

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Friday, November 3, 8 am–10 pm - cancelled due to the fires
Choral Festival
Schroeder Hall

Choral singers from throughout the North Bay will participate in the 16th annual High School Choral Festival hosted by Jenny Bent on November 3. Clinician for the day-long festival will be Robert Istad, Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton, and Artistic Director of the Pacific Chorale. For information contact Jenny Bent or call (707) 664-2324.



Free, daily parking fee $5

Matt Slocum

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Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm
Alumni Recital: The Dixie Giants
Schroeder Hall

In their four years of existence, The Dixie Giants have shared the stage with such acts as Bonnie Raitt, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Musselwhite, New Orleans Suspects, Tuba Skinny, Dustbowl Revival, and many more. Winners of the North Bay Bohemian's "Best of" Best Band in Sonoma County award in 2017, The Dixie Giants released a new album of instrumental originals titled "Dressed & Ready to Go" in February. Opening for The Dixie Giants will be Cabbagehead, just named Best Jazz Band by the North Bay Bohemian. For information contact Jazz Studies Director Doug Leibinger or call (707) 664-2324.

DIXIE GIANTS Casey Jones, clarinet/tenor sax; Jesse Shantor, alto sax; Jason Thor, trombone; Nick Pulley, sousaphone; Dan Charles, banjo; Ricky Lomeli, drums; Taylor Cuffie, drums

CABBAGEHEAD Jesse Shantor, alto sax; Chaco Amaze Lechon Peckham, tenor sax; Nate Dittle, keys; ab Menon, guitar; Kevin Hayes, bass; Ricky Lomeli, drums

Tickets $8

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Wednesday, January 17, 9 am–6 pm
CMEA Jazz North Festival
Weill Hall


For information contact Andy Collinsworth or call (707) 664-2324.

Free, daily parking fee $5

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Saturday, January 20, 7:30 pm
Sonoma County Honor Band Concert
Weill Hall

Sonoma State has proudly hosted the Sonoma County Middle and High School Honor Band since 2016. This year's festival takes place January 19-20 in Weill Hall. Guest conductors and repertoire will be announced at a later date. For information contact Department Chair Brian S. Wilson or call (707) 664-2324.

Tickets $8

Matt Slocum

Wednesday, February 21, 7:30 pm
The United States Navy Concert Band
Captain Kenneth Collins, conductor
Weill Hall

The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy and recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world, will present a concert in Weill Hall as part of their Spring 2018 U.S.Tour. Under the direction of Capt. Kenneth Collins, the band performs a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Parking is included.


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Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm
Outreach Concert: SSU Concert Band
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
Maria Carrillo High School

In keeping with our tradition of outreach to area schools, the SSU Concert Band will perform in conjunction with the acclaimed Maria Carrillo High School Symphonic Band. Now in its third year, the SSU Concert Band is comprised of music majors and non-majors from disciplines throughout the university. The band affords opportunities to music education majors to perform on secondary instruments and, on occasion, to conduct the ensemble.

Maria Carrillo High School is located at 6975 Montecito Blvd., Santa Rosa.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.

Matt Slocum

March 7–9
6th Annual Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Andy Collinsworth, conductor
Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Kahn, conductor
Weill Hall

The Sonoma Invitational Wind Band and Orchestra Festival is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with emphases on musical artistry and education.

Now in its 6th year, the festival will feature performances by more than 50 High School Bands and Orchestras from throughout California. After performing for 30 minutes in Weill Hall, ensembles receive a 30-minute clinic from one of a distinguished panel of adjudicators.

Guest Adjudicators:

  • Dr. Kevin Sedatole, Director of Bands at Michigan State University

  • Dr. Kevin Noe, Director of Orchestral Activities at Michigan State University

  • Dr. Eric Rombach-Kendall, Director of Bands at New Mexico State University

  • Dr. James Smart, Director of Bands at the University of Montana.

The SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will perform each day from 12:30–2:00 pm.

Free admission, $5 daily parking charge.

Matt Slocum

March 21–24
College Band Directors National Association
Western/Northwestern Division Conference
Weill Hall

The Sonoma State University Department of Music is proud to host the College Band Directors National Association’s biennial Western/Northwestern Division Conference featuring performances by nine outstanding university wind bands from throughout the Western U.S. and Canada.

Featured ensembles:
Wednesday March 21
8:00 pm SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Andy Collinsworth

Thursday March 22
1:00 pm Pacific Lutheran College Wind Ensemble, Edwin Powell
2:15 pm Fresno State University Wind Orchestra, Gary Gilroy
7:00 pm University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Robert Taylor
8:15 pm Central Washington University Wind Ensemble, Lewis Norfleet

Friday March 23
1:00 pm University of Montana Symphonic Wind Ensemble, James Smart
2:15 pm Nevada Wind Ensemble, Reed Chamberlin
7:00 pm CSU Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory Wind Symphony, John Carnahan

Saturday March 24
10:00 am University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Chad Nicholson
12:15 pm WNW CBDNA Intercollegiate Honor Band, Larry Gookin


Free admission, $5 daily parking charge.

Matt Slocum

Saturday, April 7, 2:00 pm
Seawolf Day Sampler Concert
Schroeder Hall

Admitted students and their families are invited to learn about the music department at this annual Sampler Concert, a one-hour show of solo, jazz, and chamber ensemble pieces performed by current students.

Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State's Green Music Center is about a ten minute walk from the campus center or a quick drive to the north campus entrance. Parking is available in Lots L, M, N and O. Map For information call 707-664-2324.

Admission is not charged and daily parking fees will be waived.

Matt Slocum

Friday, April 20, 9 am–6 pm
CMEA Choral Festival
Weill Hall

For information contact Jenny Bent or call (707) 664-2324.


Free, daily parking fee $5

Matt Slocum

June 25–29
2017 Wind Band Conducting and Music Education Symposium
GMC 1028 and Weill Hall

For information contact Andy Collinsworth or call (707) 664-2324.



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Getting There

Green Music Center is located off Rohnert Park Espressway two miles east of Highway 101, near the intersection with Petaluma Hill Road.


Parking passes are $5 daily and may be obtained from the parking machines at each parking lot entrance, or from the Information kiosks at campus entrances.
For directions see:

Download Parking Map for more information