“The Grey Dawn is Breaking”

Kathleen Mavourneen”


At the Midwest Clinic, the Four Points Wind Ensemble performed for educators, musicians, and composers from around the world. Within the audience was composer James Meredith. Mr. Meredith was inspired by the ensemble’s performance and contacted Mr. Yee to collaborate. Mr. Meredith created “The Grey Dawn is Breaking” utilizing the folk tune “Kathleen Mavourneen”. This arrangement has been dedicated to Christopher Yee and the Four Points Wind Ensemble, who will perform the world premiere at the spring concert on May 26, 2016 with Mr. Meredith in attendance!

“Good music played well inspires the imagination.” – James Meredith

The FPMS Band Staff is honored and humbled by Mr. Meredith’s outreach, work, friendship.

Where: Austin Baptist Church (map below)

When: May 26, 2016 at 7:30pm



Austin Baptist Church

James Meredith

James Meredith


James “Jim” Meredith retired in December 2013 after 40 years devoted to middle school band. He graduated from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 1974 with a major in euphonium and immediately began his teaching career in Lynchburg, Virginia. Most of those years were spent at Sandusky Middle School where the band program achieved state, national, and international recognition, performing at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and at the Virginia Music Educator’s Conference multiple times. Mr. Meredith was recognized as the 2010 VMEA Music Educator of the Year and in 2012 was awarded the Director Legion Laureate award presented annually to eight band directors nationwide by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and BANDWORLD magazine. Over the years Jim has done many successful arrangements and original compositions for his own bands as well as commissions for other bands and orchestras. Just recently, Mr. Meredith has committed to rearranging them for publication. He enjoys a busy schedule of guest-conducting, adjudicating, and guest speaking at universities to music education majors.