Director

alexander_kaminskyAlexander Kaminsky holds degrees from the University of Florida and Indiana University, and is currently Director of Bands at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  In addition to being active as an adjudicator, Mr. Kaminsky is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.  He has presented his clinic, “How Can I Get My Band to Sound Like That,” at the school district and post-secondary level, including the 2015 Music Education Lecture Series sponsored by the School of Music at Loyola University, and most recently as the headline clinician for the 2016 Colorado Bandmasters Association Convention.  Bands under his direction consistently earn Superior ratings at all levels of evaluation.  Mr. Kaminsky has earned Superior ratings at the State Concert Band Assessment for an unprecedented 22 consecutive years.  For 12 of those years, including the last 10 consecutive years, Kaminsky has had two bands earn Superior ratings at State.  Additionally, he is the only director in the history of the Florida Bandmasters Association to have had three concert bands earn straight Superior ratings at State, and he has achieved this twice (2009 and 2018).

Mr. Kaminsky’s bands have been invited to perform at prestigious state and national festivals and conferences including the Midwest Clinic (2005, 2009, 2014 and 2018), American Bandmasters Association National Convention (2014), CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference (2004 and 2014), FMEA State Conference (2014), National Concert Band Festival (2002 and 2012), and the National Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall (2009 and 2018).  His bands have been under the baton of notable guest conductors including Richard Clary, Col. Michael Colburn, Ray Cramer, Johan de Meij, Gary Green, Col. Larry Lang, Timothy Mahr, Frank Ticheli, and David Waybright.  Marching bands under Kaminsky’s direction consistently place in the Florida Marching Band State Championship Finals, most recently winning the FMBC Class 4A/5A State Championship three of the last five years (2013, 2014, and 2017) as well as being named a 2016 BOA Super Regional Finalist.  His bands have also performed abroad in France, Italy, and Monaco.

Mr. Kaminsky is an eight-time recipient of the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and has been recognized with numerous achievement awards for education including the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Oliver Hobbs and Andrew J. Crew Awards, National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teacher, Nobel Educator of Distinction, Teacher of the Year, and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  Kaminsky has been featured in several periodicals including The Instrumentalist, School Band & Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” and Home Magazine’s “12 Exceptional Educators.”

Mr. Kaminsky is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and the American School Band Directors’ Association.  He is a National Board Certified Teacher, FBA Supervising Adjudicator, and has served on the FBA Executive Board as FBA District Chairman.  While serving on the FBA Music Performance Assessment Committee, Mr. Kaminsky revised the FBA marching and concert adjudication sheets to include grading rubrics.  Kaminsky currently serves on several state and national committees including the FBA Classification Committee, ABA Sousa/Ostwald Award Committee and the ABA School Bands Task Force.  His professional affiliations include the National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Education Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Phi Mu Alpha and Kappa Kappa Psi.  In addition to his music education activities, Mr. Kaminsky attends Parkridge Church where his family is actively involved in ministry.

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