Former Grace Wind Ensemble Director Headed to Carnegie Hall
The following is an article from Times Union Online, published March 7. Martin Becker directed the Grace College Community Wind Ensemble for 15 years. He retired last year.
Retired Grace College and Warsaw Community High School band director Marty Becker will be a guest conductor next week at Carnegie Hall.
Becker was asked by one of his former students, Leif Hall, to share this experience. Hall graduated from WCHS in 1994 and started in band on trumpet under Becker’s mentorship in the fifth grade. Hall also came back to Warsaw Schools and taught middle school band for a couple of years.
Becker said, “There is no greater honor or reward in teaching than seeing a former student achieve success. I am so proud of Leif and all he is accomplishing with his outstanding band program in Houston. I am thrilled and honored that I get to share this experience with my former student.”
Hall teaches at Tanglewood Middle School, an International Baccalaureate school and one of 287 public schools in the Houston Texas Independent School District. The school serves 811 students in sixth through eighth grade in the Galleria Aria of Houston. Under Hall’s direction, the Tanglewood Band program has grown in membership and has earned high ratings at all music festivals since 2011, according to a press release from Becker.
The Carnegie Hall Performance is the result of submitting an audition recording. Bands, orchestras and choirs from across the nation audition to perform each spring. The Directors Choice Premier Performance Invitational is a once-in-a-lifetime concert event at the world-class venue, according to the release.
The performance will be at 8 p.m. March 14 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, New York City.