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OrlandoFest Welcomes Ivan Wansley as New Festival Director

OrlandoFest, the premiere music festival competition in Orlando, Florida, announced today that, Mr. Ivan Wansley will join their team as Festival Director.

Ivan G. Wansley, a native Floridian and in his 35th year as a Music Educator, joins the OrlandoFest team to direct the music festival competition in Orlando, Florida. Having had successful teaching tenures at the middle school, the junior high school, the high school, and the college/university levels, Mr. Wansley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the music genre to OrlandoFest. While teaching in the public schools of Florida all areas of his programs were rated "superior" at both the district and state levels with the Florida Bandmaster's Association and he was named "Teacher of the Year" as a member of the faculty at Cape Coral High School. The Cape Coral High School Marching Band participated in the 1987 Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, Texas, and was featured in the first national commercial for the Twistee Treat Ice Cream Company. Mr. Wansley received his BA degree in Music Education and Fine Arts and his MA degree in Wind Conducting from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Mr. Wansley is currently in demand as an advisor, adjudicator, clinician and conductor throughout Florida. During the 2011-12 school year he presented over 130 rehearsal/clinics. He is co-owner of "Makes Sense" Drill Design and Leadership Camps which writes drill for some of the top bands in Florida and Mr. Wansley provides leadership training for many of the outstanding marching band programs in Florida. He owns DOLCE woodwind mouthpieces which are used by professional and amateur woodwind players throughout the Southeastern United States. Mr. Wansley is the conductor of the Hollingsworth Winds, an adult based concert band located in Lakeland, Florida. He is an adjunct faculty member at Florida Southern College.

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