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Shade receives statewide honor from bandmaster group

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The newest member of Bethel College’s music department has been honored by his bandmaster peers.

Timothy Shade, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music and music education at Bethel, will receive the 2012 Outstanding Young Bandmaster award as part of the annual convention of the Kansas Bandmasters Association.

The KBA and Phi Beta Mu, an international bandmasters fraternity, present the award each year to a young director who has taught for fewer than seven years.

Shade has taught at Bethel since 2008. He directs the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and teaches private instruction in low brass.

Shade holds a music performance degree in euphonium and jazz trombone – he is a versatile performer on both – from Youngstown (Ohio) State University and a Master of Music degree in euphonium and conducting from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Fla.

As a conductor and educator, Shade has worked extensively with many high school programs in the Midwest as a rehearsal technician and clinician. He has also maintained active private teaching studios involving students ranging from beginners to college students on trombone, euphonium and tuba.

Shade is known as a proponent for new music and has premiered several new works with the Bethel College Wind Ensemble. He is currently in the process of commissioning more repertoire for euphonium.

The KBA convention takes place each year at the Wichita Marriott, with this year’s dates July 19-21. Shade will receive the Outstanding Young Bandmaster Award July 20 at the annual KBA banquet.

The mission of the Kansas Bandmasters Association is to “build better bands for Kansas” by providing educational opportunities, special programs and recognition for band musicians, students and directors throughout the states. See

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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