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Wed, Jun 21


Crill Hall @ PLNU

Maslanka 8 and Anders Åstrand

San Diego Winds perform their annual SDSMI Showcase Concert featuring David Maslanka's epic Symphony No. 8 and guest artist Anders Åstrand, Percussion. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Blows Charity.

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Maslanka 8 and Anders Åstrand
Maslanka 8 and Anders Åstrand

Time & Location

Jun 21, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Crill Hall @ PLNU, 3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106, USA


About the event

The San Diego Winds, one of a small number of professional wind ensembles in the country, presents their annual SDSMI Showcase Concert featuring the epic Symphony No. 8 by David Maslanka and guest artist Anders Åstrand, Percussion. This special concert takes place during the San Diego Summer Music Institute (SDSMI) and the Ryan Anthony Music Project (RAMP) with proceeds from ticket sales going to benefit the Cancer Blow Foundation. 


California by David Maslanka

Spring Dance by Anders Åstrand

Meditations by Anders Åstrand

Symphony No. 8 by David Maslanka




Anders Åstrand, Percussion

Larry Gookin, Guest Conductor

John Carnahan, Guest Conductor

Gary Green, Guest Conductor

RAMP is sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation of America and Anders Åstrand is a Yamaha Artist.

Anders Åstrand

Åstrand is a renowned Swedish mallet specialist, considered to be a unique voice of both the marimba and the vibraphone. He is a popular and sought after soloist, regularly performing and giving master classes and clinics throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. From 2017-2022 Åstrand  was  leading the contemporary music/improvisation class at Orford Music Summer Academy in Quebec, Canada. Since 2021 Åstrand teaches at the Evolution classical summer courses at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Åstrand focuses on melodic and rhythmical improvisation, with influences ranging from jazz, Scandinavian folk music, Gregorian chants, and ancient Greek songs.

The element of improvisation is also an essential feature in his compositions. His commissions include compositions for percussion and chamber music ensembles, brass quintets, saxophone quartet, choirs, and big band. A more spectacular side features compositions for ice instruments for percussion ensemble, as well as using fighter aircrafts, snow trucks, and buildings as instruments to be played on.

Åstrand’s music can also be found in multimedia performances including dance, video projections, ice instruments, and fire sculptures. His latest compositions include More Steps a duett for saxophones, flute, marimba, and vibraphone, and Spring Dance, a solo piece for marimba, vibraphone, and symphony orchestra, and premiered 2016 at the Busan Maru Festival, South Korea. Anders Åstrand regularly collaborates internationally with various ensembles and groups. The Omnibus Ensemble (Uzbekistan) has premiered two of his pieces, Omnibus 17  and Next Move As a featured guest artist and mallet player Åstrand has toured both in Europe and South America with Pies En la Terra (Ecuador).

He plays vibraphone in both Soundscape Orchestra and Firm roots.  Soundscape Orchestra is based on electronic and acoustic instruments. Just released  their first Album in November 2018. Åstrand also plays the vibes in the big band Ann-Sofie Söderqvist Jazz Orchestra, and can be heard on the albums Move. The duo Vibes and Bass (Mikael Berglund, bass, Anders Åstrand mallets) has released three albums with original music, Seven Thoughts , Frantelunia and the latest Watercolors.

His own groups include WÅG (Mattias Wager church organ, Anders Åstrand mallets and percussion, Gary Graden vocals), Åstrand/Erlandsson Duo (Robert Erlandsson, double bass, Anders Åstrand mallets), and his percussion ensemble, Global Percussion Network, with which he has toured extensively in Sweden, Europe, the United States, and South Korea. Anders Åstrand have been performing at PASIC several times (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). He functions as International Education Orchestral Consultant for Zildjian since 2008.

Anders Åstrand plays Yamaha instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth mallets, and Evans drumheads

Larry Gookin

Larry Gookin was Director of Bands at Central Washington University from 1981 until 2015. He has served as the Associate Chair and Coordinator of Graduate Studies. His fields of expertise include music education, wind literature, conducting, and low brass performance.

The CWU Wind Ensemble has performed at state, regional and national conventions, including the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Boulder; the Music Educators National Conference in Minneapolis; the Western International Band Clinics in Seattle; the Western/Northwestern CBDNA Division Conferences in Reno, and most recently the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Seattle.

Professor Gookin received the M.M. in Music Education from the University of Oregon School of Music in 1977 and the B.M in Music Education and Trombone Performance from the University of Montana in 1971. He taught band for 10 years in public schools in Montana and Oregon. Prior to accepting the position as Director of Bands at Central Washington University, he was Director of Bands at South Eugene H.S in Eugene, Oregon

Gookin has served as president of the Northwestern Division of the CBDNA, as well as Divisional Chairman for the National Band Association. He is past Vice President of the Washington Music Educators Association. In 1992 he was elected to the membership of the American Bandmasters Association, and in 2000 he became a member of the Washington Music Educators “Hall of Fame.” In 2001, Gookin received the Central Washington University Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award, and in 2003 was named WMEA teacher of the year. In 2004, he was selected as Central Washington University’s representative for the Carnegie Foundation (CASE) teaching award. He is a past recipient of the “Citation of Excellence Award” from the National Band Association, the “Mac” award from First Chair of America, and the American Schools Band Directors Association “Standbury Award.” Most recently, Gookin received the University of Oregon’s School of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Professor Gookin has appeared as clinician, adjudicator, and conductor in the United States, Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe. He is former principal trombone of the Eugene and Yakima Symphony Orchestras. Gookin resides in Ellensburg, Washington with his wife Karen, who teaches English at CWU and performs on piccolo and flute with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.

John Carnahan

John Alan Carnahan is Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. His teaching responsibilities include conductor of the University Wind Symphony and Professor of Graduate Conducting. Prior to his appointment at Long Beach, Mr. Carnahan served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Texas, and as Director of Bands at Clovis High School in Clovis, California.

Representing a “new generation” of wind band conductors, Professor Carnahan brings a broad knowledge and extensive background to all idioms of instrumental music performance. His university ensembles have gained widespread notoriety for distinctive performance quality and imaginative musical interpretation. The Los Angeles Times hailed the University Wind Symphony as, “…thoroughly disciplined and euphonious!” His ensembles have been honored with invitations to perform at numerous regional, national, and international music conferences and festivals, including: the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Biennial National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Regional and National Conferences, the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) National Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) State Conference, and as the featured university ensemble at the Korean International Wind Band Festival in Seoul, Korea. A champion of new music, Professor Carnahan has been a member of numerous national commissioning projects and has premiered more than twenty new works over the past several years.

Gary Green

Gary D. Green is Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While teaching at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in addition to supervising all band activities, he was the conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble, supervised all graduate conducting students in the wind and percussion area and served as the Chairman of Instrumental Performance for seventeen years.

Prior to coming to Miami, Professor Green served for ten years as Director of Bands the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. While at the University of Connecticut, Professor Green was influential in commissioning and recording new works for winds and percussion including Symphony No. 3 by David Maslanka and A Cornfield in July and the River by William Penn.

During his tenure at the University of Miami, professor Green continued the commissioning and performance of important new repertoire for winds and percussion. Under his direction, the Frost Wind Ensemble has performed on two separate occasions for the convention of the American Bandmasters Association as well as twice for the national convention of the College Band Directors National Association.

Recent commissions and consortia from composers include William Penn, Joel Puckett, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, David Maslanka, Paul Dooley, Steve Danyew, Steven Bryant, David Gillingham, James Stephenson, Christopher Theofanidis, John Harbison, James Syler, Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli, Thomas Sleeper, Kenneth Fuchs and others. Urban Requiem by Michael Colgrass was commissioned by the Abraham Frost Commission Series and has become a standard in the repertoire for wind ensemble. Among other new compositions written for winds and percussion was the commission for the Frost Wind Ensemble of Christopher Rouse’s Wolf Rounds.

San Diego Winds

San Diego Winds is a professional wind band comprised of musicains from the local symphonies, universities and freelance professional musicians. San Diego Winds began performing concerts in 2009 under the direction of Artistic Director Emeritus Gregg Hanson.


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