Valparaiso University Concert Band 2014 Malta Concert Tour

Malta Collage

Valparaiso University Concert Band 2014 Malta Concert Tour

Jeffrey C. Doebler, conductor

Tuesday, Mar. 4 – Gozo

Concert at the Basilica at St. George, Victoria

President of Malta

Wednesday, Mar. 5 – Malta
11:00 a.m.

The Valparaiso University Concert Band 
has the distinct honor to perform before 
H. E. Dr. George Abela, President of Malta

University of Malta concert in the Students Commons

Friday, Mar. 7 – Malta

Sacred concert at the Collegiate Church of Vittoriosa

Saturday, Mar. 8 – Malta

Concert at Pointe Shopping Center


About the Performers

Jeffrey Scott Doebler (pdf download) (photo download)

Jeffrey Scott Doebler has served as director of music education and bands at Valparaiso University since 1992, following 10 years teaching in the public schools in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and Shakopee, Minnesota. He earned degrees in music education from Luther College (B.A.), Valparaiso University (M.M.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.). His 32-year career in music education has achieved a unique balance of conducting, teacher preparation, leadership, and working with musicians from the beginners through professional levels, but all aspects of his vocation have had an ultimate focus on teaching. Doebler has been recognized for teaching excellence by peers, colleagues, and students, including awards from the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), Valparaiso University, Luther College, Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Confucius Institute. In a typical year, Doebler works with more than 3000 students. He has appeared professionally in more than 25 states, Canada, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, and China, and conducted the Indiana All-State Band in 2011. 

Additionally, Doebler is a former president of IMEA, and currently serves as state editor. He is president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association. Doebler is founder of a professional-level concert band, Windiana, which has toured China annually since 2006, and has also toured Australia and New Zealand. Windiana performed for the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands in 2011. Doebler also serves as concert band conductor for Lutheran Summer Music, the national Lutheran high school music camp.

Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band (pdf download)

The Chamber Concert Band (CCB) is the premier concert band of three bands at Valparaiso University. Members include students studying a wide range of disciplines from all the Universities Colleges are encouraged to audition for membership. A principal player is named for each section; however, band members rotate roles to allow everyone to play both melody and harmony during each performance. Every musician in the CCB is an integral member. Repertoire includes the finest in concert band music, with a special focus on original band compositions.

The Chamber Concert Band is one of the University’s touring ensembles. Outreach performances have included schools, churches, and community events throughout the United States, Canada, and Malta. In 2009, the CCB toured Malta for the second time. The CCB’s six performances included two live radio broadcasts and a performance at the historic Gozo Cathedral. This will be the Chamber Concert Band’s third trip to Malta.

And, in 2006, the CCB performed a feature concert in the Indianapolis Convention Center Sagamore Ballroom for the state convention of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA). The CCB appeared again for the IMEA State Convention in 2011, performing an unprecedented two concerts (one combined with Windiana Concert Band). In these performances, they presented all 17 of the commissions of the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA). (The commissioning project started in 1988.) These important concerts were the first time all of the commissions had ever been played on the same program. The recordings of both concerts are now part of the IBA archives.

Other recent honors have included performances — with the Valparaiso University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra — in historic Severance Hall, Cleveland, and five times in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, Chicago. The CCB performed a feature concert for the 1999 Music Educators National Conference North Central Division Convention in the ballroom of the Cincinnati Convention Center. The 2010 the CCB tour, a collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, went to North Carolina, and included guest soloists from China, performing on traditional Chinese instruments.

The Chamber Concert Band’s debut CD, “and they gathered on Mount Carmel,” contains the first professional recording of this major work by Jesse Ayers and received rave reviews from leaders in the concert band profession throughout the country. The second and third CDs, “One Nation” and “Yankee Doodling,” were produced in 2002. In 2006, the CCB’s fourth CD, a live concert in the authentic style of John Philip Sousa and his band, “Spirit of the March King,” was released. The Chamber Concert Band recording projects strive to create and disseminate artistic recordings of the finest in concert band literature. When possible, major works are recorded under the supervision of the composer so that the interpretation accurately reflects the composer’s intentions.