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An Evening With Troy Colt Bands

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center


Brian P. Nutting, Director
Troy High School
The Troy Jazz Ensemble
The Troy Concert Band
The Troy Symphonic Band 

Participating Groups

Troy High School Bands

Special Guests

Artist's Name

Brian P. Nutting

Participating Group Directors

Troy High School Bands
Brian P. Nutting
Brian Nutting, Troy High School Director of Bands, has been teaching since 1991. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University, with a Master of Music degree (with conducting emphasis) from Bowling Green State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Oakland University. Brian studied conducting with Richard Suddendorf and Mark Kelly, tuba with Robert Whaley, and voice with Mel Ivey and Steve Zegree. In 2000, Mr. Nutting was appointed Troy High School Director of Bands where he directs the campus, concert, and symphonic bands, the jazz ensemble, numerous chamber ensembles,and 215-member Troy Colt Marching Band - with a combined enrollment of over 270 students. Under his baton, they have received consistent top ratings at district, state and national levels and have been invited to perform at music festivals and venues throughout the US and Europe, where the Marching Band led the 2006 London New Year's Day Parade. Mr. Nutting's teaching excellence has garnered recognition throughout the Troy School District and beyond. He was named Troy "Teacher of the Year" in 2009. In 2011, he was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, District XVI. The University Musical Society (Ann Arbor) named him its 2012 DTE Energy Foundation Educator of the Year in recognition of "his passionate commitment to arts education at Troy High School and to the transformative power of the arts in the community at large." In 2012, his peers nominated him for induction into the American School Band Directors Association. Mr. Nutting is an active member of MSBOA and acts as substitute director, consultant, and guest clinician. He is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the National Honorary Band Fraternity.

The Troy Jazz Ensemble were invited to perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival, with the most recent appearance in 2010, and performed with Alexander Zonjic in 2008. Top finalists in the Pontiac Jazz Invitational for three consecutive years, they placed first at the 2006 WMU Jazz Invitational, and were runners up in the national Ellington Jazz Competition. In 2011, the ensemble performed at the Michigan Music Conference. The group has performed in festivals in Boston, Chattanooga, Chicago, Atlanta, Orlando, and San Antonio receiving top honors at these competitions. The Concert and Symphonic bands have earned recognition as "best in class" on state and national levels including festivals in Boston, Chattanooga, Chicago, Gatlinburg, Orlando, San Antonio and London, England. Both bands, comprised of students in grades 9 - 12, have performed on many of the nation's greatest stages including the Max M. Fisher Music Center, the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Atlanta's Woodruff Center, San Antonio's Toben Center, Chicago Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall. The Troy Symphonic Band was featured in the 2003 and 2014 Western Michigan University Spring Conferences and the 2004 Carnegie Hall Recital Series (under the baton of composer, James Barnes). The band was selected to perform at the 2007 and 2011 Michigan Music Conferences. One of the greatest privileges band members experienced was the opportunity to play under the baton of Detroit Symphony Orchestra Maestro Leonard Slatkin.