Clarence High School

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logo TEACHER: William Eicher
PHONE: 716-407-9040
EMAIL: weicher@clarenceschools.org

About the Teacher:  William Eicher is presently in his twentieth year at Clarence Central High School where he serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. His duties also include teaching lessons and directing the Jazz Ensemble.

In 2010-2011 he was awarded the New York State Band Directors Association's (NYSBDA) Richard H. Snook Outstanding Band Director Award. He has also received the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence Award (2003 & 2009), was honored by School Band & Orchestra magazine as one of the "50 Directors Who Make a Difference"(2003), and the Plainwell Community Schools Award of Merit (1994).

Under Mr. Eicher's leadership, the Clarence Wind Ensemble has performed at major conventions including the Midwest Clinic (2003 & 2009), NYSBDA Winter Symposium (2005), New York State School Board Association Convention (2001), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference (1999). In 2012 the Wind Ensemble was one of three featured ensembles in the inaugural Young Performers series on WNED public radio. Mr. Eicher has been a featured clinician at the Midwest Clinic (2012), the NYSBDA Winter Symposium (2005), the NYSSMA Winter Conference (2000), and numerous regional workshops.

During Mr. Eicher’s tenure in Clarence he has also commissioned and premiered many new works for wind band.  These include, Robert Jager's A Festival of Winds and Percussion (2015) and A Sea of Glass Mingled with Fire (2014 edition premiere) Michael Torke's Saxophone Concerto (consortium premiere, 2011), Persis Parshall Vehar’s Bright Phoenix Ascending (2003), Warren Benson’s Still Dancing (2002), David Gluck’s Bailamos (2002), and Ron Nelson’s Night Song: Homage to Howard Hanson (1998).

Mr. Eicher is an inducted member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, New York State Band Directors Association.

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