Wind Band Halloween Haunt: University Band and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

Wind Band Halloween Haunt

University Band and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
Sunday, October 31, 2021 . 3PM EST
Photo by Toni Cuenca from Pexels
Principal People: 

Craig Potter, conductor

Special Announcement: 

The digitial broadcast of this event will be available to view until December 1, 2021. You may access the recording here.

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Estimated Length: 
This performance will last approximately 2 hours.

Attend in-person at The Clarice or watch the livestream from the comfort of your home. 

Due to technical difficulties, the livestream link has been updated to:

Boo! Join us on Halloween afternoon for family-friendly terrifying fun. Featuring University Band and the debut performance of the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, this haunted concert will highlight spooky tunes for wind band including Richard Strauss's "Finale" from Death and Transfiguration, Mike Forbes's The Grumpy Troll, Danny Elfman's film scores titled Music for a Darkened Theatre and Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain.

Health & Safety for In-Person Attendance:
There may be COVID-19 safety policies in place, such as mask requirements, when you attend this event. Please see The Clarice's health and safety page for the most up-to-date information about attendance.





Section Suite in F for Military Band, Op. 28 No. 2
Gustav Holst (1874–1934)

  1. March
  2. Song Without Words
  3. Song of the Blacksmith
  4. Fantasia on the “Dargason”

Madeline Swartz and AJ Muña, conductors

“Finale” from Death and Transfiguration
Richard Strauss (1864–1949)
arr. by A.A. Harding
Alexander Scott, conductor

The Grumpy Troll
Mike Forbes (b. 1973)
Sam Ambose, soloist

Little Medley of Horrors
arr. by George Palton
Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble

Music for a Darkened Theatre - The Film Scores of Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman (b. 1953)
arr. by Michael Brown
Christine Higley, conductor

Night on Bald Mountain
Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881)
arr. by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
arr. for band by William A. Schaefer




CRAIG G. POTTER, assistant director of bands, joined the University of Maryland, College Park faculty in Fall 2015. At Maryland, Potter assists with the operations of the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band and the Maryland Pep Bands. He is also the music director for the University Band and has served as an assistant conductor for the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, Potter served as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Louisville. His primary duties at Louisville included assisting with the Cardinal Marching Band and concert ensembles as well as teaching conducting and marching band techniques courses. As an educator, Potter taught middle and high school band in the Catholic Diocese of Lexington (Kentucky). During his time at Lexington Catholic High School, the band earned distinguished ratings at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Concert Band Festival. 

Potter remains an active performer on the tuba, with special attention to music with alternative accompaniments and electronics. He has soloed twice with the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra, most recently on David Lang’s Are You Experienced? for solo electric tuba. Potter has appeared as a soloist and clinician across the United States. He has performed in music conventions and festivals around the world, including the United States Army Tuba-Euphonium Workshop and the Jungfrau Music Festival.

Potter is a member of the College Band Directors National Association and the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. He is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi, an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and a Sigma Alpha Iota Friend of the Arts. Potter holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music in wind conducting from the University of Louisville, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland in tuba performance. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Potter lives in Laurel with his wife, Mallory, and children, Felicity and Hugh.

ALEXANDER SCOTT is pursuing a Master of Music in wind conducting at the University of Maryland, College Park where he currently serves as an instrumental conducting graduate assistant. He is a conducting student of Michael Votta, with additional mentoring from Andrea Brown and Craig Potter. In addition, he serves as interim music director for the Maryland Community Band and assistant conductor for the Bel Air Community Band.

Before coming to the University of Maryland, Scott taught for nine years at the elementary, middle and high school levels in Maryland public schools. For seven years, he was the music department chair and director of instrumental music at Meade Senior High School in Fort Meade, Maryland, where he was responsible for conducting the Concert Band, String Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Steelband and Pit Orchestra. He also taught courses in international baccalaureate (IB) music, advanced placement (AP) music theory and guitar, and served as the school’s advisor for the Tri-M Music Honors Society.

While teaching at Meade Senior High School, Scott’s bands and orchestras consistently earned excellent and superior ratings at county and state adjudication festivals, and his marching band earned second place at the 2018 USBands Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. His concert band was a member of a commission consortium for Anthony O’Toole’s Latin Dance Movements. Scott was a semifinalist for Music and Arts’ national Music Educator of the Year Award in 2016 and was the Maryland winner for School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s 50 Directors Who Make a Difference Award in 2018. His departmental leadership was recognized in both 2018 and 2019 by the NAMM Foundation with a Best Communities in Music Education designation.

​Scott earned his M.M. in music education from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in music education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). While at UMBC, Scott served as the inaugural undergraduate conducting fellow with the Wind Ensemble. Scott is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Maryland Music Educators Association and the Flute Society of Washington.

As a woodwind specialist, Scott enjoys performing flute, clarinet and saxophone in various community and amateur ensembles in the DMV area. He also plays the double seconds steel pan in the Baltimore-based steelband sextet Charm City Steel.

CHRISTINE HIGLEY has just started her first year as a doctoral student in wind conducting at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she serves as a wind conducting graduate assistant and studies under Michael Votta. 

Before coming to Maryland, Higley attended California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), where she earned her Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting in Fall 2020, studying under Emily Moss and Christopher Gravis. In addition to her wind conducting responsibilities, Higley taught courses including “Intro to Music Education” and “Intro to Classical Music in Western Culture” at CSULA. She also served as the president of the CSULA chapter of the National Association for Music Education. 

Before pursuing her graduate degrees, Higley was the band and orchestra director at Sunset Ridge Middle School in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 2014–18. She also taught elementary school beginning band and served on staff for the Copper Hills High School Marching Band. 

In addition to teaching and conducting, Higley enjoys life as a horn player. She was the horn section leader for the CSULA Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and has played with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds, the Brigham Young University Idaho Symphony Orchestra and various chamber groups. She has studied with Nathan Campbell, Jon Klein and Bruce Woodward. Higley earned her B.M. in music education from BYU-Idaho.   

MADELINE SWARTZ is a senior music education major at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is a merit scholarship recipient. In addition to her education studies, Swartz maintains an active flute performance career. She plays in over 10 ensembles at the university, ranging from major performance ensembles, such as UMWE and UMWO, to student-run ensembles, such as OperaTerps and TEMPO. As an educator, Swartz is the president of UMD’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education and holds several leadership positions in the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band. Swartz has studied flute with Sarah Frisof, Leah Arsenault, Sara Nichols and Delandria Mills, and has studied conducting with Andrea Brown, Craig Potter, Eli Wirth, Anoa Green and Alex Scott.

ALFRED MUÑA, JR., (“AJ”) is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he is pursuing dual degrees in music education and English language and literature. Muña is a recipient of the UMD President’s Scholarship, a member of the University Honors program in the Honors College and a research fellow investigating critical literacy and LGBTQ-inclusive teaching practices through Project RISE (Research Institute for Scholars in Education). As a music educator, Muña has taught private trumpet lessons and is currently a student teacher at both Clarksburg High School and Thomas G. Pullen K–8 Creative & Performing Arts Academy. As a trumpet player, Muña has performed with a number of ensembles at the University of Maryland, College Park—including the Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band and Repertoire Orchestra—and is a squad leader in UMD’s marching band, the Mighty Sound of Maryland. Muña studies trumpet under Chris Gekker and has studied conducting with Andrea Brown, Craig Potter, Edward Maclary and Alex Scott. This is Muña’s third semester as a member of the University Band and his first as a conductor of the ensemble.


Music Director
Craig G. Potter

Assistant Conductors
Christine Higley
Alexander Scott

Student Conductors
AJ Muña
Madeline Swartz

Sylvia Sanchez

Sankara Ganesh
Rachel Huang
Sydney Jones
Cassandra Meyer
Charlotte Norris
Samantha Ogburn
Camille Peck
Sandra Radakovic
Namiko Randall
Sylvia Sanchez
Sydney Weaver

Jess Huang
Erica Hyde
Danae Rupp
Amanda Sames

Chaitanya Garg

Thilini Amarasinghe
Victoria Cheng
Daniel Coile
Julie Cooper
Andrew Grupp
Jordan Harris
Hannah Holloway
Suhwan Hong
Peter Kozlov
Aaliyah Lofland
Michael Reed
Emily Schultz
Sanna Sprandel
George Tang

Bass Clarinet
Brock Ryan

Alto Saxophone
Adithya Arun
Emma Behrens
Noah Hornstein
Zachary Jarjoura
Jwoyal Ranjit
Jade Smith

Tenor Saxophone
Suzette Montano

Baritone Saxophone
Nikolai Taylor

Joseph Florance
Sara Riso
Mia Zwally

Jason Chen
Caroline Davisson
Tim Freerksen
Brian Glover
Owen Hallock
Samuel Robinson
Mark Schlining

Daniel Barrios
Zane Curtis-Thomas
Rahat Sharif
Avi Spector
Ze'ev Vladimir
Weeun Wang

Niya Burrows
Hayden Kramer
Cassandra Rochmis
Sarah Rodeffer

Joshua DeBell
Manny Fitsum
Madeline Swartz

Thomas Glowacki
Kalyn May
Lorraine Montana
AJ Muña
Wren Poremba
Adam Rozen

Cassandra Meyer

String Bass
Andrew Doerrler


Music Director
Craig G. Potter

Bradley Carioti
Cassandra Rochmis
Benjamin Samans
Weeun Wang

Lucas Barton
Nicholas Brennan
Cosimos Cendo
Tenley Fahey
Matthew Killian