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Tributes: UCLA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Spring Concert

Travis J. Cross, conductor

Michael James, doctoral assistant conductor

Nicholas Junker, graduate assistant conductor

Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 8 p.m.

Schoenberg Hall

Performers & Roster

UCLA Wind Ensemble

UCLA Wind Ensemble

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Sophie Kim

Matthew Origel

John Robert Santiago

Shannyn Sul

Oboe/English Horn

Cayden Bloomer

Adam Frary

Tina Shigeyama


Corey Castillo

Zane Marquez

Daniella Santana


Michelle Benitez

Luke Candias

Shiun Choi

Oren Dror

Jacob Freiman

Harrison Garff

Adam Gilberti

Josh Kalinowski

Mia Kuo

Aria McCauley

Kai Nakkim

Edward Tang

Adam Zilberman


Matthew Chavez

Amaya Fogg

Mathew Harget

Breanna Kim

Brendan Lockie


Abigail Higgins

Emma Lumsden

Vasilis Magaziotis

Rory O’Regan

Daniel Wang


Christian Cruz

Saúl Gutierrez

Edwin He

Morgan Michalik

Andrew Rodman

Nick Washburn


Carlos Castaneda

Gregory Ochotorena

Reuben Molina

Arnav Saxena


Jillian Ran

Emma Surdilla


Samuel Adam

Leigha Linder

Bradley Stires


Cody Chang

Jesus Flores

Robby Good

Maddie Bottenberg

Cash Langi

Connor Ridley

Viraj Sonawala


Luca Lesko


Austin Ho

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Symphonic Band

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Cassian Barraza

Candy Chen

Karen Elrayes

Emma Gloyer

Leah Kunkee

Elise Lammers

Kristal Light

Crystal Lim

Esther Lin

Alfredo Moran

Brittney Nguyen

Cris Ochoa

Keira Okada

Cecilia Porras

Melissa Rupert

Elizabeth Tan

Jacqueline Wheeler

Nick Wilson

Crystal Yu


Elise Faux

Matthew Link


Aheley Chen

Josh Cielo

Skyler Coleman

Aya Furuta

Adam Gilberti

Damien Ha

Selina Juang

Bryan Luo

Laurel Reidel

Ava Rosenberg

Darren Zhang


Adam Gilberti

Sophia Ji


Michelle Benitez

Fabiola Campuzano

Anusha Chaudhary

Rafael Espinosa

Connor Lantz

Alannah Linden

Daniel Lee

Isabelle Preston


Matthew Graves

George Mooradian

Adam Traut


Christian Aguilar

David Bughman

Kat Escobar

William Frankenfeld

Eric Lin

Jovan Romo


Trevor Fermin

Jonathan Haimowitz

Sarah Zhang Huang

Victoria Sanchez


Daniel Armstrong

Ayrton Garcia-Jurado

Caroline Kawasawa

Caitlyn Lo

Edson Smith

Jackson Tabish


Stanley Chow

Malakai Espinosa

Valerie Jun

Natalie Loftus

Gabriel Martinez Sandoval

Alicia Ying

String Bass

Kat Escobar


Mikaela Bryan

Luke Gonzales

Kevin Hefner

Catherine Keyser

Lucas Laszlo

Brian Lee

Austin Liu

Daniel Wellerstein

Roland Yang

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Travis J. Cross

Director See Bio

Travis J. Cross (he/him) serves as professor of music and director of bands at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, leads the graduate wind conducting program, and chairs the music department. He was also associate dean for academic mentoring and opportunity during the initial years of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He previously taught at Virginia Tech and Edina (Minn.) High School. Cross earned doctor and master of music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University and the bachelor of music degree cum laude in vocal and instrumental music education from St. Olaf College. His principal teachers were Mallory Thompson and Timothy Mahr. Cross has appeared as a guest conductor, composer, and clinician in nearly 40 states; Canada, China, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates; as featured band clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention; and on several occasions at the Music for All National Festival and Midwest Clinic. Cross is a member of the Council of Korean Americans and a Yamaha Master Educator.

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Michael T. James

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Michael T. James

(he/him) is currently pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree in wind conducting at UCLA, where he serves as a teaching assistant for the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Marching Band. He brings with him an extensive background in public school teaching in Washington state. He has led students in performances at the Washington Music Educators Conference, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been recognized by the 5th Avenue Theatre (Seattle) and Jazz at Lincoln Center. James earned a bachelor of music education

summa cum laude

from Pacific Lutheran University and a master of arts in conducting from Truman State University. His primary conducting teachers include Travis J. Cross, Dan Peterson, and Raydell Bradley.

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Nicholas Junker (he/him) is currently pursuing a master’s degree in wind conducting with Travis J. Cross at UCLA. Nicholas received his bachelor of music education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, where he studied conducting with John Stewart and percussion with Jeffery Crowell. During this time, Nicholas served as the director for the University Athletic Band as well as the drum captain and percussion arranger for the Blugold Marching Band. His notable performances include appearances at CBDNA, ITEC, and PASIC. Nicholas spent five years as the band director at Ellsworth High School in Wisconsin, where he established a marching program and student leadership program. This leadership program was the basis of his presentation at the 2019 Wisconsin state music convention. Since 2019, Nicholas has worked with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps on the administrative team.

Graduate Assistant Conductor


UCLA Symphonic Band


Michael Markowski (b. 1986)

Shadow Rituals

            Nicholas Junker, graduate assistant conductor


Kelijah Dunton (b. 1999)

Color In The Grey

            Michael James, doctoral assistant conductor


Viet Cuong (b. 1990)

Diamond Tide




Scott McAllister (b. 1969)


            Michael James, doctoral assistant conductor


John Mackey (b. 1973)

Strange Humors

            Nicholas Junker, graduate assistant conductor




UCLA Wind Ensemble


Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)

Pacific Fanfare


Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

O Magnum Mysterium

            transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds


Viet Cuong (b. 1990)

Heart on Fire

            Nicholas Junker, graduate assistant conductor


Ingrid Stölzel (b. 1991)

Musica Ignota

            Michael James, doctoral assistant conductor


Timothy Mahr (b. 1956)

Symphony No. 1

             E Pluribus Unum — “out of many, one”


“…to give up every favorite pursuit and lay their shoulder to the work of the day.”

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

Donor Acknowledgement

This performance is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the Dobrows, who established a generous endowment at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to make programs like this possible. We are proud to celebrate this program as part of the 2022-2023 Dobrow Series.