Markus Mauderer(Germany) studied conducting at the Basel Conservatory (Switzerland) with Felix Hauswirth and at the University of Education in Karlsruhe (Germany).
He is the author of several wind music books, such as Robert Austin Boudreau and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and 600 selected works for Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensembles grade 2-3. He also translated Frank Erickson´s Arranging for Concert Band into German.
Mauderer has studied with Timothy Reynish, Robert Reynolds, Frank Ticheli, Thorsten Wollmann, Dana Wilson, Larry Rachleff, Kevin Sedatole, Carl St. Clair and Simon Rattle. He founded and conducted the Ensemble 95 and has premiered pieces by composers such as Rolf Rudin, Peter Lehel, Thomas Doss, Frank Ticheli, Jim Bonney, John Mackey, Daniel Bukvich, and worked with soloists like Peter Lehel, James Gourlay, Steven Mead and others. Mauderer is head of the Conducting Department at the Academy of Music in Staufen/Germany, Executive Director of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and editor of the worldwide acclaimed music magazine WASBE World. He is currently working as a teacher and conductor in Germany.
Ishbah Cox is the Assistant Professor of Bands at Purdue University, and Founder/Director of the Purdue University Brass Choir, Director of the Symphonic and Collegiate Bands, Director of the Boiler Box Band (Women's Volleyball), and Assistant Director of the "All-American" Marching Band (AAMB). As an arranger/ publisher for the Dev Music Company, his marching/ pep band arrangements have been performed before national audiences at Purdue athletic events and at a Bands of America Marching (BOA) Finals Exhibition Performance by the Purdue AAMB Trombone Section. Some of these arrangements are immensely popular on the Internet via YouTube.
Cox has adjudicated concerts, marching, and solo and ensemble festivals for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) and has served as a consultant and clinician in numerous Indiana schools and for music programs in the Metropolitan Nashville, Chicago, Mobile and Atlanta Public School Systems. Cox has conducted a number of groups, including the Lafayette (IN) Citizens' Band, the Kokomo (IN) Park Band, the Lafayette (IN) Symphony's Youth Orchestra, the Purdue University Wind Ensemble, and he has guest conducted the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra on their 2011 Eastern European Tour. He also has guest conducted at the Auburn University Honor Band, Indiana Bandmasters Association Regional and District Honor Bands, and the University of South Alabama Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.
A native of Notasulga, Alabama, Cox received his bachelor's degree in music education from Auburn University and his master's degree is in music performance (euphonium) from the University of Alabama. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Arts in Wind Conducting with a secondary specialization in Euphonium Performance at Ball State University.
Christopher M. Baumgartner (Ph.D, University of Missouri; M.M.E. & B.M.E., Bowling Green State University) is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Middle Tennessee State University. Baumgartner assists with the direction and administration of the Band of Blue and other athletic bands, instructs undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and supervises music student teachers.
Prior to his faculty appointment, Dr. Baumgartner served as Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Missouri where he taught undergraduate courses in music education and conducing, graduate courses in music, the music student teaching seminar, and supervised student teachers. Dr. Baumgartner directed the University Band and assisted with instruction and administration of athletic bands. An advocate for new music, he made routine guest conducting appearances with the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.
Mohammed Fairouz, born in 1985, is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned, and recorded composers of his generation. Hailed by The New York Times as "an important new artistic voice" and by BBC World News as "one of the most talented composers of his generation," Fairouz integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect. His large-scale works, including four symphonies and an opera, engage major geopolitical and philosophical themes with persuasive craft and a marked seriousness of purpose. His solo and chamber music attains an "intoxicating intimacy," according to New York's WQXR, which selected his CD Critical Models as Album of the Week.
Fairouz's cosmopolitan outlook reflects his transatlantic upbringing and extensive travels. His catalog encompasses virtually every genre, including opera, symphonies, ensemble works, chamber and solo pieces, choral settings, and electronic music
His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall (all three auditoriums), Lincoln Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, The Kennedy Center, and throughout the United States, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia. It is also heard in alternative New York venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Roulette, and Galapagos. Recordings are available on the Naxos, Innova, Bridge, Dorian Sono Luminus, Cedille, Albany, GM/Living Archive, and GPR labels.