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John Carnahan
John Carnahan




John Carnahan (Huntington Beach, California) is the Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Carnahan has a broad background in all idioms of instrumental music performance, including wind band, jazz ensemble, orchestra/strings, and marching arts. His groups have gained international notoriety for distinctive performance quality and imaginative interpretation. The Los Angeles Times hailed his University Wind Symphony as, “…thoroughly disciplined and euphonious!” In addition to his university duties, Carnahan is active as an award-winning composer/arranger, guest conductor, clinician, lecturer, and author. He has guest conducted nationally and internationally numerous All-State bands, regional honor bands, university bands, and professional ensembles. He also served as a music/performance consultant for the renowned Dallas Brass. As a composer/arranger, his music is heard throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Three of his works are included in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Series, through GIA Publications, Inc. In 2007, he won the College Band Directors National Association Young Band Composition contest with his, “…and the antelope play.” As a clinician, he has presented numerous clinics and performance demonstrations for notable national and international music organizations, including the Midwest Clinic and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His innovative and thought-provoking sessions on ensemble rehearsal techniques and the art of conducting are always well received. As an author, his book, The Wind Band Sound – A Definitive Guide to Ensemble Intonation, is published through World Projects Publications. The book is the first of a three-part Wind Band Sound Series publication.