The HBCU NBDC Conference is the only platform specifically curated for the HBCU band director, universities, and students. A collaboration with directors, clinicians, educators, students, and thought leaders in the world of music provide a wide range of education and special event opportunities for the HBCU music communities. It’s a conference to collaborate, grow, and provide fertile ground for current as well as aspiring music educators located in HBCUs. Featuring opportunities for clinics, professional development, and networking. This year’s conference is virtual and features the Gateways Brass Collective and Imani Winds.
The Gateways Brass Collective supports professional classical musicians of African descent and aims to enlighten and inspire communities through the power of performance. They perform in concert and community venues throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to active performance careers, all members of the collective are seasoned educators and each Gateways Brass Collective engagement includes educational, community and/or demonstration activities.
Celebrating 20 years of music making, the Grammy nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and the evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations, and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live.