Local students selected for national band

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 22‚ 2007)—Three Kennesaw State University music majors have been selected for…

Georgia (Jan 21, 2007) — Local students selected for national band

Cheryl Anderson Brown


Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison

Contact/Writer: Cheryl Anderson Brown‚ Assistant Director of Public Relations for the College of the Arts‚ 770−499−3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 22‚ 2007)—Three Kennesaw State University music majors have been selected for the 2007 College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band. They are Theresa Stephens of Kennesaw‚ who plays clarinet; Cole McDonald of Kennesaw‚ who plays horn; and Melissa Fultz of Gainesville‚ who also plays horn.

More than 275 students from across the nation were nominated for this elite group‚ but only 85 were selected. The CBDNA Intercollegiate Band will perform at the University of Michigan during the CBDNA conference in March 2007 under the direction of Frank Ticheli‚ a faculty member and composer at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

Theresa Stephens has participated in the southeastern division of this national band twice before. She has also performed with the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall for the last three years; she will return to that ensemble again in May 2007.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to play with other talented people from around the nation. It is always a good experience to play under other conductors and learn what you can from them‚” Stephens said.

Like Stephens‚ Cole McDonald also has performed with National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall and the CBDNA southeastern band. Additionally‚ he has participated in the Honor Band of America.

“It is a great honor to be selected to participate in the CBDNA Intercollegiate Band‚” McDonald said. “I look forward to getting to work with Frank Ticheli.”

This is Melissa Fultz’s first national band experience. “I was so excited to be nominated and selected for this‚” she said. “To be able to play for Frank Ticheli is nothing short of amazing! He writes amazing music for horns‚ so I can’t wait.”

The repertoire for the 2007 CBDNA Intercollegiate Band includes three pieces composed by Ticheli as well as works by Percy Grainger and Donald Grantham.

The KSU Department of Music will cover the students’ transportation and housing costs.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate of education.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu