Richard Wyman

Richard WymanThe Great American Community Band Conductor, 2023

Richard E. Wyman is the former Assistant Director of the United States Coast Guard Band, where he regularly conducted throughout the United States and abroad in concert tours of Japan and Taiwan, and led the Band’s educational initiatives. He also served as the Band’s producer for ten CDs and two White House "Pageant of Peace" PBS specials.

Dr. Wyman is now the Executive Director of the Community Music School in Centerbrook, CT and Music Director of the MetWinds (Metropolitan Wind Symphony) of Boston. He enjoys working with musicians of all ages, regularly appearing as clinician and guest conductor with a variety of school and honor festival ensembles. Wyman’s work as a saxophonist earned two year-long residency grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, four performance visits to the White House, an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and employment at Disney World and Busch Gardens (FL). He holds degrees from the University of Connecticut, University of Illinois, and Eastman School of Music.

Michael Craner

All Star High School Concert Band Conductor, 2023

Michael Craner

 Michael Craner is a two time Grammy nominee and has been active as a bassist, conductor and music educator in the Northeast for the past 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from State University of New York College at Oswego and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.

In addition, Mr. Craner is a professional conductor who studied under Frank Battisti, William Drury, Dr. Julie Pretzat and Dr. Jerry Exline. Craner is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Castleton University and Music Director for the Lake George Community Band. Mr. Craner is also the Director of the High School Symphonic Band and Schuylerville High School Jazz Ensemble at Schuylerville Central Schools. He has guest conducted numerous All-County Ensembles including the Central Adirondack Schools High School All-County Band, Rensselear County All-County Jazz Ensemble, Saratoga Warren County All-County Jazz Ensemble, Washington County Symphonic Band, Fulton County All-County Symphonic Band and the North East Instrumental Music Festival Honor Band in Lake Placid. In addition, Craner has been an adjunct faculty member at RPI in Troy, NY where he directed the RPI Jazz Ensemble, and at Adirondack Community College.

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