Andrew Boss recently finished off a highly successful tour for Spring 2018. The tour began late January 2018 in Riverside, CA, as Boss worked with the RUSD High School Honor Band under the direction of Eddie Smith. They performed Boss's Moments of SIlence, a tribute to the San Bernardino shooting that was commissioned and premiered by Smith a year prior. Several young members of the honor band that evening were in some way affiliated with this tragic shooting, and it made for an extraordinarily meaningful and emotional concert.
Following this trip, Boss flew into Boulder, CO for his residency at the University of Colorado Boulder. During his time here, Boss worked with all three university bands during rehearsals of his works and also gave a short lecture on his orchestral works with the composition department. The Thursday evening February 8 concert featured two of his wind ensemble works, Tetelestai and a la Machaut, under a joint concert by the CU Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble.
The next week, Boss returned to his alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, to work with the Wind Ensemble as their organist for their Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) concert, of whom invited this group as their collegiate ensemble. While at TMEA, Boss also worked with two honor bands under the direction of Matthew McInturf and Gary Green as they performed his work a la Machaut.
The tour culminated in Tampa, FL on February 24 at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Southern Division Conference as the Florida State University Symphonic Band under Patrick Dunnigan performed the CBDNA premiere of a la Machaut in the Saturday evening program, serving as the culmination to an exciting conference on the University of South Florida campus.