SoCal Dream Names Nash Brass Composer/Arranger For 2010

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So Cal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gary Powell Nash as Brass Composer/Arranger

Dr. Nash is a native of Flint, Michigan and holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Michigan State University. He was Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi from 1996 until 2003.

As a composer, Dr. Nash’s music has been performed in all major regions of the United States and in many countries around the world including Canada, China, Philippines, Taiwan and the UK. He has received numerous grants, commissions and awards for his compositions including the Mississippi Arts Commission, American Composers Forum, Mississippi Humanities Council and Fulbright, where he was visiting Professor of Music Composition at University of the Philippines, Diliman, in 2000 and 2001.

Dr. Nash’s music is bright, strongly rhythmic and shaped by his musical roots and traditions in the African-American community. He is able to use blues/gospel/jazz elements and morph into a solid, crafted style based on Western classical disciplines with a keen understanding of instrumentation and a particularly wonderful sensitivity to all types of instruments. Audiences are affected by the intense, dramatic power of his style and the intellect behind the music.

Five of Dr. Nash’s compositions are featured on compact disc, the latest being Tradition and Innovation (2004) for band on the CD Tradition and Innovation:150 Years at Millersville University of Pennsylvania featuring The Millersville University Band.

As SoCal Dream returns to national competition in 2010, and make the trip Drum Corps Association (DCA) Championships in Rochester New York, Dr. Nash’s music will see a new venue in the drum & bugle corps realm.

For questions about membership, staff positions, or support, contact us at director [at] socaldream [dot] org or visit our website at

Posted by on Saturday, September 26th, 2009. Filed under DCA News.