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UCLA Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Department of Music presents


UCLA Symphonic Band
Dwayne S. Milburn, conductor
Michael T. James, doctoral assistant conductor
Nicholas M. Junker, graduate assistant conductor


UCLA Wind Ensemble
Travis J. Cross, conductor


Friday March 15, 2024
Schoenberg Hall



Travis J. Cross

Conductor, Director of Bands See Bio

Travis J. Cross (he/him) serves as professor of music at UCLA, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and leads the graduate wind conducting program. He chaired the music department from 2018–2023 and 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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Dwayne S. Milburn

Conductor See Bio

Dr. Dwayne S. Milburn (b. 1963) is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He is a 1986 graduate of UCLA (BFA in Music) and a 1992 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM in Orchestral Conducting). He received his PhD in Music from UCLA in 2009.


In 1993, Dr. Milburn began his career as one of only twenty-four commissioned officer conductors in the Army Band program. After assignments that included The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” (Washington, DC), The US Army Field Band (Fort Meade, MD) and the Army Bands Liaison to US Army Central Command (Camp Arifjan, Kuwait), he became the Commander of the US Army Europe Band and Chorus (Sembach, Germany). Dr. Milburn retired from the Army in 2018 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received the German Army Cross in Silver and the Presidential Legion of Merit.


In addition to his responsibilities as a Lecturer in Music at UCLA, Dr. Milburn is in great demand as a conductor, composer, arranger, and clinician. He currently serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of St. Matthew’s in Pacific Palisades, CA. He has over 20 published works for choir, symphonic band, and orchestra.

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Michael T. James

Doctoral Assistant Conductor See Bio

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 M. Junker

Graduate Assistant Conductor See Bio

Nicholas M. 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. From 2019-2022, Nicholas worked with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps on the administrative team.

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UCLA Symphonic Band

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Cassian Barraza
Elaika Celemen
Sophie Kim*
Cecile Lebegue
Elian Lei
Crystal Lim
Alfredo Moran
Marissa Pe
Indu Danturti
Aaliyah Kueffner
Leah Kunkee
Samantha Morales
Maia Rosenbaum
Ryan Rusch*

* = Piccolo


Matthew Link


Sophia Ji


Abigail Antonio
Natalie Bachman
Elias Alvarado Bush
Skyler Coleman
Oren Dror*
Aya Furuta^
Adam Gilberti+
Selina Juang
Rachel Lei
Elizabeth Medina
Vincent Palomo-Reyes
Ava Rosenberg
Michael Song
Edward Tang
Jamie Weisel
Ian Zolynas
Damien Ha

* = E-flat
^ = Bass
+ = Contra


Nora Galindo
Meena Khan
Matthew Knerr
Emily La
Daniel Lee
Esther Lin
Alannah Linden
Josh Luistro
Alec Machlis
Joshua Martinez
Holly Perez
Isabelle Preston
Wyatt Wu


Ryland Goldman
Matthew Graves
Julian Montoya
Patricia Yu


Eva Fiedler
Ryan Heiden
Stanley Lim
Isabella McRae
Adam Sondik
John Zhang


Daniel Armstrong
Sam Black
Jonathan Haimowitz
Caitlyn Lo
Jacob Ryan
Gabriel Martinez Sandoval


Malakai Espinosa
Jamiel Liu
Devin McGrath
Edson Smith


Stanley Chow
Valerie Jun
Alice Knystautas
Edward Lau


Cody Chang
Catherine Keyser
Daniel Wellerstein
Jessica Tseng


Cecile Lebegue

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UCLA Wind Ensemble

UCLA Wind Ensemble

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Jake Jacobsen
Kayla Pei
Petunia Rizo
John Robert Santiago
Shannyn Sul


Daniela Chavez
Emma Crawford
Laura Hernandez
Tina Shigeyama


Kevin Shihoon Bae
Aaron Colon
Dani Santana


Tyler Bresnick
Shiun Choi
Oren Dror
Harrison Garff
Adam Gilberti
Josh Kalinowski
Max Kaminsky
Esther Kim
Mia Kuo
Aria McCauley
Alicia Mara
Kai Nakkim


Matthew Chavez
Catrina Currier
Breanna Kim
Daniel Reyes-Velarde
Owen Richards
Ella Scoville
Aidan Tatlonghari


Bryan Chiu
Hannah Lee
Rory O’Regan
Aziel Ressler
Michelle Yang


Olivia Achcet
Jackson Bacon
Saúl Gutierrez
Morgan Michalik
Remy Ohara


Carlos Castaneda
Calvin Chen
Ethan Holmes
Spencer Mar
Reuben Molina


Jillian Ran
Diego Vogel


Daler Babaev
Leigha Linder
Peter Wang


Demitrius Alleyne
Henry Fairbanks
Erica Hou
Matthew LeFebvre
Shawronna Sengupta
Viraj Sonawala


Fiona Mai


String Bass
Luca Lesko


Alaina Stark

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UCLA Symphonic Band


John Philip Sousa (1854–1932)
Edition by Dwayne S. Milburn

The Free Lance March


Ryan Beard (b. 1976)

The Great Hall of Asgard


Robert Jager (b. 1939)

Esprit de Corps


Nicholas M. Junker, graduate assistant conductor



Eric Whitacre (b. 1970)

The Seal Lullaby


Michael T. James, doctoral assistant conductor



Alexander Borodin (1833–1887)
Edition by Dwayne S. Milburn

Symphony No. 2, Op. 5 – Finale





UCLA Wind Ensemble


Dennis Llinás (b. 1980)

Un Cafecito



John Philip Sousa (1854–1932)

El Capitan



Jennifer Jolley (b. 1981)




Minoo Dixon (b. 1999)

The Songs of Shim-Cheong

Buddhist Monk
Thrown into the Sea
Dragon’s Palace
Emperor’s Banquet

West Coast premiere



Omar Thomas (b. 1984)

Come Sunday


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 2023–2024 Dobrow Series.


This performance is made possible in part by the generosity of our community of supporters. Please consider giving the gift of music today.

Program Notes

The Department of Music would like to offer a special thanks to Professor Supeena Adler, Professor Gamin Kang, the Department of Ethnomusicology, and the Music of Korea Ensemble for their assistance with providing instruments for this performance.