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Donald Hunsberger has for many years conducted the Eastman Wind Ensemble, recording on Philips, DDG, Decca, and CBS Masterworks, and touring with the Ensemble throughout the United States and around the world. With the Ensemble, he has premiered more than one hundred new compositions, and has maintained a repertoire ranging from the Venetian masterpieces of the sixteenth century to the contemporary works of Joseph Schwantner, Michael Colgrass, Brian Israel, and Karel Husa, among others.
Mr. Hunsberger has worked with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis in the research, arrangement, and orchestration of over 100 solo compositions from the late 19th and early 20th century. His album with Mr. Marsalis, Carnaval, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987 in the category of “best solo performance with orchestra#34;.
Mr. Hunsberger has also served as music director of the Eastman-Dryden Orchestra, an ensemble specializing in early movie and theatrical music. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the National Symphony, and the orchestras of Vancouver, Buffalo, Utah, Pittsburgh, and Houston, among others.