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Laura Estes

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Laura Estes

Biography

Laura Estes (b. ca. 1960, Hollywood, Fla.) is an American composer and music educator.

A South Florida native, Estes earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from Florida State University and her master’s degree in music education from Georgia State University. Before retiring in 2018, Laura Estes taught middle and high school band for 36 years, most recently in the Cobb County School System (Ga.) as the associate band director at Smitha Middle School. Throughout her career, her bands consistently earned Superior ratings at concert festivals and competitions, and her students were regular participants in All-State and Honor Bands, as well as solo and ensemble evaluations.

Ms. Estes was awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence, as her middle and high school bands were selected on multiple occasions to perform at clinics in both Georgia and Alabama. In addition to presenting at GMEA, she has given clinics to future music educators at the university level.

Since retiring, she enjoys composing music for young band students while continuing to serve as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician.


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