Windfest Concert Band Festival 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Windfest is Kentucky's premier concert band festival and now, in conjunction with Music for All, will feature:

  • A performance on UK's beautiful Singletary Center Concert Stage
  • Recorded adjudicator feedback from three nationally renowned concert band judges
  • A band clinic with a Music for All adjudicator
  • Video recording of your ensemble's performance
  • The opportunity to hear many other fine Kentucky concert bands throughout the festival

Registration is first-come-first-serve and open for the first 16 High School and Middle School bands to sign up. You may also submit a hard copy.

To register, contact Storey Free:, 859-257-BAND (2263)

2020 Windfest Adjudicators

ROBERT AMBROSE, Georgia State University

Conductor Robert J. Ambrose enjoys a highly successful and diverse career as a dynamic and engaging musician. His musical interests cross many genres and can be seen in the wide range of professional activities he pursues. Ambrose studied formally at Boston College, Boston University, and Northwestern University, where he received the Doctor of Music degree in conducting.

Ambrose has conducted professionally across the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. His interpretations have earned the enthusiastic praise of many leading composers including Pulitzer Prize winners Leslie Bassett, Michael Colgrass, and John Harbison. He has conducted over two dozen premiere performances including works by Michael Colgrass, Jonathan Newman, Joel Puckett, Christopher Theofanidis, and Joseph Turrin. In addition, a recent performance of Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms under his direction has been given repeated airings on Georgia Public Radio.

Dr. Ambrose currently serves as director of bands, associate professor of music and associate director of the School of Music at Georgia State University, a Research I institution of 32,000 students located in Atlanta, GA. As director of bands he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, maintains a highly selective studio of graduate students in the Master of Music in wind band conducting degree program, and oversees a large, comprehensive band program comprised of four concert ensembles and three athletic bands.

SHELLEY JAGOW, Wright State University

Shelley M. Jagow, (Ph. D); Professor of Music at Wright State University, is director of the Symphonic Band and Saxophone Quartet. She is a Selmer and Vandoren Regional Artist Clinician for saxophone, as well as a music education clinician for Conn-Selmer, Hal Leonard and Meredith Music. She has presented clinics and performances at several State Music Educators Conferences as well as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance), ISME (International Society for Music Education, CMS (College Music Symposium), and the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. She has published numerous articles in periodicals and her nationally recognized student saxophone quartet released their first commercial CD Avion Saxophone Quartet also available on Shelley has been previously nominated for both the "Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching" Award and the "Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research" Award.

Shelley is a contributing author to both The Music Director's Cookbook (Meredith), and Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (GIA). Shelley also authored the book and DVD Teaching Instrumental Music: Developing the Complete Band Program (Meredith Music), a resource rapidly becoming the adopted textbook for music education degree study across the United States and Canada. Other publications include Tuning for Wind Instruments: A Roadmap to Successful Intonation (Meredith); Intermediate Studies forDeveloping Artists on Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Bassoon; and The Londeix Lectures a multi-dvd set archiving the historical lectures of Jean-Marie Londeix (and translated by William Street, University of Alberta) available at or Website:

ALFRED WATKINS, Lassiter High School (retired)

Educator, conductor, clinician, and lecturer Alfred L. Watkins, retired band director at Lassiter High School, in Marietta, Georgia, enjoyed a storied 37-year career that surpassed even his “wildest dreams.” Hailing from the small time of Jackson, Georgia and an alumnus of Florida A & M University (FAMU), Watkins built an outstanding and multi-faceted high school band program of international stature. The program was anchored by outstanding concert bands, which provided strong backgrounds for a lifetime of excellence and artistic appreciation to his over 10,000 former students. 

Ensembles under his baton are recognized for their sonorous sound, excellent intonation, impeccable precision and meaningful musical interpretations. His bands have performed four times at the Midwest Clinic, National Band Association Convention, National Concert Band Festival and GMEA. The Trojan Marching Band performed four times in the Tournament of Roses, three times in the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parades and has been viewed on television by over 1.5 billion people. The Trojan Band was named Sweepstakes Winners in 103 of 110 competitions entered included being named the Bands of America Grand National Champions on two occasions. 

Watkins is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the FAMU Gallery of Distinguished Alumni, the Bands of America Hall of Fame and the Phi Beta Mu Georgia Bandmasters Hall of Fame. He has received 16 Certificates of Excellence from the National Band Association and is the recipient of the Edwin Franko Goldman Award, Sudler Order of Merit, Legion of Honor Award, and the Turnett Leadership Character Award. He holds the unique distinction of having led bands that received the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor, Sudler Shield, and Sudler Silver Scroll Awards. 

Watkins is Co-founder, Musical Director and Conductor of the Cobb Wind Symphony, an award-winning all-adult community band based in Marietta. He is also Co-founder and President of the Minority Band Directors National Association. The $1.5 million Alfred L. Watkins Band Building at Lassiter bears his name. He and his wife, Rita live in Atlanta. They have two adult sons, Christopher and Jonathan.

RANDALL COLEMAN, University of Alabama

Randall Coleman is currently the Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama where he serves as the conductor of the Alabama Symphonic Band, the Associate Conductor of the Alabama Wind Ensemble, and the Associate Director of the Million Dollar Band. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and wind band literature classes. In addition, Professor Coleman is the Coordinator of the Crimson Music Camps and the Alabama Honor Band Festivals. Additionally, Professor Coleman serves as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Alabama Winds, an all-adult community wind band based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at the University of Alabama in 2007, Mr. Coleman enjoyed a successful 25-year career as a high school band director and supervisor in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, and the Master of Music Education degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Professor Coleman is an elected member in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and is currently serving the National Band Association as 2nd Vice President. He is also serving the College Band Directors’ National Association as the Alabama State Chair. Professor Coleman also holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity, the Alabama Music Educators’ Association and the Alabama Bandmasters’ Association.

To register, contact Storey Free:, 859-257-BAND (2263)