Dr. Travis J. Cross is professor of music and chair of the department of music at UCLA where he conducts the wind ensemble and directs the graduate wind conducting program. Prior to UCLA, Cross was wind ensemble conductor at Virginia Tech and taught at Edina High School in Minnesota where he conducted two concert bands and led the marching band...

Dr. Travis J. Cross is professor of music and chair of the department of music at UCLA where he conducts the wind ensemble and directs the graduate wind conducting program. Prior to UCLA, Cross was wind ensemble conductor at Virginia Tech and taught at Edina High School in Minnesota where he conducted two concert bands and led the marching band program. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Northwestern University. Cross is a Yamaha Master Educator.

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Advice from Yamaha Master Educator Dr. Travis J. Cross

From Another Angle  

The first time I ever participated in a conducting workshop, the clinician tried to get me to conduct the shape of a multi-bar phrase, rather than every single beat and note along the way. The teacher was outstanding, but I just couldn't get it — either I wasn't yet ready as a musician and conductor, or the concept wasn't explained in a way that resonated.

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