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Jason Caslor, affiliate professor and director of bands in Arizona State College’s Faculty of Music, Dance and Theatre, has been awarded the 2022 Worldwide Band Award by the Canadian Band Affiliation.

Caslor was offered with the award by Darrin Oehlerking, director of the College of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra and affiliate dean of pupil affairs for the School of Arts and Science. Oehlerking can also be a previous president of the Canadian Band Affiliation.
Portrait of ASU Associate Professor Jason Caslor.
Jason Caslor, ASU director of bands
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“I used to be utterly stunned after they offered me with the award,” Caslor mentioned. “I used to be visitor conducting in Canada on the Halifax Neighborhood Band Competition when one of many different conductors, Dr. Darrin Oehlerking, stopped between items and commenced speaking to the viewers concerning the award and its standards. It was further particular having Darrin current the award, as we’ve identified one another for over 20 years, and he’s certainly one of my absolute closest pals.”

Caslor was nominated by the Saskatchewan Band Affiliation and is simply the sixth recipient of the award since 1991.

The award acknowledges these people who’ve embraced the beliefs of the Canadian Band Affiliation (CBA) and have contributed to the promotion, progress and growth of the musical, academic and cultural values of Canadian band outdoors of Canada.

A champion of Canadian band compositions and values, Caslor mentioned he relishes each alternative to introduce Canadian wind band music to new ensembles and audiences.

“Caslor was the visionary behind CBA’s Howard Cable Memorial Prize in Composition, which permits for growth and recognition of the significance of music for creating wind bands,” Oehlerking mentioned. “He’s extraordinarily supportive and energetic in commissioning new works for winds, and champions established and rising composers’ efforts to push the envelope for winds as a critical artwork kind.”

Caslor, a grasp trainer and academic clinician for Conn-Selmer, has taught at each stage, from elementary music to graduate college students. He’s additionally dedicated to community-building and mentorship via his involvement with the United Sound challenge, which goals to take away obstacles and foster social change via music.

Caslor holds levels from ASU, the College of Saskatchewan and the College of Manitoba in Canada. He’s in demand as a visitor conductor and adjudicator throughout North America and has performed honor bands throughout Canada and the US. He has commissioned quite a few new works for wind bands and has given displays and grasp lessons in the US, Canada and Europe. In 2019, he was co-chair of the 2019 School Band Administrators Nationwide Affiliation Nationwide Conference, which was held at ASU.

“I take into account myself very lucky to each educate at ASU and nonetheless have quite a few alternatives every year to return to Canada to collaborate with a lot of its superb music educators and musicians,” Caslor mentioned. “I actually love ASU and all of the alternatives it has afforded me and my household. I’m additionally a fiercely proud Canadian. Certainly, it was the steerage and mentorship that I obtained rising up in Canada that constructed the muse for the successes I’ve had right here at ASU.”