Renowned Composer Visits Damascus Middle School Bands

Ed Kiefer, renowned composer, clinician, and retired educator, came to work with the Damascus Middle School Bands on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. The 7th and 8th grade students were preparing one of his compositions, “Whitewater Run,” for the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association Concert Assessment at Virginia High School. Mr. Kiefer provided feedback and thoughts on improving the music for the state assessment. Mr. Kiefer, a retired music educator, resides in North Carolina and is a clinician across the country. Most recently, he received an invitation to travel internationally and conduct ensembles around the world.