Every day, we hear and experience music that has incorporated music technology, through electronic components and instruments, to positively contribute to the listeners overall musical experience.  Electro-Acoustic (EA) music is now widely accepted in music - in both production and performance - from scores created for screen and stage, to popular music, and even the professional classical orchestra stage.


As technology becomes a more important part in the daily life of our students, and can create new palates of sound in our music, educators must embrace technology as part of our sound and our curriculum - much the same way as it already has been in most other areas of music.  The New Band Electro-Acoustic Music (N-BEAM) consortium aims to add three new pieces of EA music to the school concert band repertoire.

In 2018, N-BEAM v1.0 released it's first composition to its members - TECHNO BLADE, by Benjamin Taylor.  This was followed in 2019 with Daniel Montoya Jr.'s composition AXE TO GRIND.  In 2020, the N-BEAM consortium met the goal of introducing three new pieces of EA music to the school concert band repertoire by the addition of Alex Shapiro's OFF THE EDGE.

With N-BEAM v2.0, the New Band Electro-Acoustic Music consortium project looks to build on this success with the addition  of three more EA pieces to the wind band repertoire.

Beginning in January 2023, N-BEAM v2.0 consortium members will receive the first of three new pieces of concert band literature, graded between 2 and 2.5, each including an audio component.  Those components may be live or interactive, using an electronic instrument or computer/tablet to create sounds; or may be fixed, like an accompaniment audio track that is played throughout the composition. Each of these compositions will be created in a way that will allow any school (and their director), the "plug and play" ability to perform each composition easily and effectively, regardless of their experience with technology, their level of access to sound reinforcement equipment, or their technology/instrument budget.

At least 30 schools will have an opportunity to join a consortium that funds the creation of those three pieces.  And each consortium member will receive performance benefits for being part of this project.


All composers tentatively scheduled to participate.

Daniel Montoya, 2023 Composer |

The music of Benjamin Dean Taylor (born 1983), has been described as “elegant and energetic” (Kenneth Thompson) and “powerful and direct with delightful surprises in each work.” (Marilyn Shrude). His catalog of more than 100 works covers a large range of styles and genres including music written for orchestra, wind band, opera, choir, jazz big band, gamelan, chamber ensembles, and soloists with live electronics.

Taylor has received commissions from ensembles including the Omaha SymphonyNew World Youth Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Wind Symphony. His music has been performed by ensembles around the world including the Cleveland Chamber SymphonyAmerican Composers OrchestraKenari QuartetL’ensemble ItineraireNurnberg Hochschulorchester and has been championed by soloists Keith KirchoffZach Herchen, and Scotty Stepp.

Recently named a recipient of his third commission from the Barlow Endowment, Taylor’s prizes and honors include Winner in the Ticheli Composition ContestBMI Student Composers Award, Winner in the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, and an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. His music has received performances at festivals including the College Band Directors National Association Conference, Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States National Conference, Society of Composers National Conference, and international jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Marlborough and Birmingham. His compositions have been featured on the radio and television including NPR’s “Says You.”

Benjamin Taylor completed a doctorate degree from Indiana University and holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (MM) and Brigham Young University (BA). His principal teachers have included David DzubayDon FreundClaude BakerJeffrey HassMarilyn Shrude, Elaine LilliosChristian AsplundNeil Thornock, and Steven Ricks.

Benjamin Taylor is the composer of the 2018 N-BEAM consortium composition TECHNO BLADE.

James Mobley, Consortium Director | Phone: 734-783-3400x2241 

As a music educator with more than 25 years of experience teaching middle school and high school bands in the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, James Mobley is proud to bring his enthusiastic support of EA music to the N-BEAM consortium project. His previous experiences with commissioning new works includes concert pieces by Jonathan Anderson, Anthony Iannaccone, and Mack Pittard.


As a director, Mr. Mobley's ensembles have a proud tradition of performance excellence, receiving accolades at a variety of concerts, contests and festivals at the district, state and national level. 

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Mr. Mobley is a sought after consultant and clinician in the areas of wind ensemble and jazz ensemble performance; as well as cajon technique, jazz percussion technique, music technology and music assessment.  He is the author of the BOXbeats cajon method book.  He served a Leadership Fellow of the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) project, and an Education Team Member for Vic Firth. 

Daniel Montoya, Jr. is a native of Austin, Texas. His oeuvre spans several genres, including original pieces and arrangements for wind band, percussion ensemble, and the marching arts. His works, which resound with bristling energy and color, have won numerous awards from national organizations. His education includes a master’s degree in music composition from Central Michigan University where he studied with David R. Gillingham and a baccalaureate degree in music composition from Texas State University. Montoya is currently pursuing a master’s degree in wind conducting at Texas State University where he studies with Dr. Caroline Beatty.  He has also studied and participated in masterclasses with such composers as Kevin Beavers, William Bolcom, Michael Ippolito, Cindy McTee, Kevin Puts, Russell Riepe, and Roberto Sierra.


Montoya’s music has been performed at Avery Fisher Hall, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, and the Texas Bandmasters Association Conference, among others.


Montoya’s music is published by Drop 6 Media, Inc. and his publishing company, Underwater Theme Productions. Montoya is an Artist/Educator for Innovative Percussion, Inc. and is a member of ASCAP and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Daniel Montoya Jr. is the composer of the 2019 N-BEAM consortium composition AXE TO GRIND.

Alex Shapiro, 2024 Composer |

Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes genre-blind acoustic and electroacoustic solo, chamber and symphonic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music LLC, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on nearly thirty commercially released recordings from around the world. Ms. Shapiro is sought after for her seamless melding of live and recorded sounds that often employ striking visual and physical elements, and is known for her innovative uses of technology in her music for wind band ensembles.


Alex is a familiar advocate for other artists through her speaking appearances, published writings, and volunteerism. She is the Symphonic and Concert writer representative on the Board of Directors of ASCAP, a board member of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation, and is a member of the Program Council for New Music USA. Shapiro has also served on the boards of U.S. music organizations including The American Music Center, the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, The MacDowell Colony, and The Society of Composers & Lyricists.


Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, Alex moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles in 1983, and in 2007 relocated to Washington State's remote San Juan Island, where she composes in a home perched on the water's edge, surrounded by wildlife. An award-winning nature photographer, Alex's images and music can be experienced on her blog, and her website,

Alex Shapiro is the composer of the 2020 N-BEAM consortium composition OFF THE EDGE.

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  • Brownstown Middle School, Brownstown, MI.  James Mobley, Director.  Consortium Lead School

  • Athens High School, The Plains, OH.  Aaron Backes, Director

  • Bailey Middle School, Cornelius, NC.  Ruth Petersen, Director

  • Blue Valley Middle School, Stilwell, KS.  Ben Strain, Director

  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.  Dr. Kenneth Thompson, Director.  Consortium Sponsor Partner

  • Boyd Arthurs Middle School, Trenton, MI.  Peter Kopera, Director

  • Center Grove Middle School Central, Greenwood, IN.  Samuel Fritz, Director

  • Discovery Middle School, Canton, MI.  Marc Whitlock, Director

  • Eagle Staff Middle School, Seattle, WA.  John Aguilar, Director.

  • Exeter-West Greenwich Jr/Sr High, West Greenwich, RI.  Gregg Charest, Director

  • Indio High School, Indio, CA.  John Freeman, Director

  • Liberty High School, Bedford, VA.  Will Satterwhite, Director

  • Miamisburg Middle School, Miamisburg, OH.  Ryan Wintersheimer, Director

  • Morris Community High School, Morris, IL.  Brock Feece, Director

  • Northbrook Junior High School, Northbrook, IL.  Greg Scapillato, Director

  • Patrick Henry Middle School, Woodhaven, MI.  Bradley Faryniarz, Director.  Consortium Charter Member

  • Patrick Marsh Middle School, Sun Prairie, WI.  Chris Gleason, Director

  • Plymouth Christian Academy, Canton, MI.  Michael Hejka, Director

  • Plymouth Community Band, Plymouth, MI.  Carl Battishill, Director

  • Prairie Star Middle School, Leawood, KS.  Paul Aubrey, Director

  • Renton Junior High School, New Boston, MI.  Brenda Bressler, Director

  • San José State University, San José, CA.  David Vickerman, Director

  • Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Brian White, Director

  • Shumate Middle School, Gibraltar, MI.  David Brockington, Director.  Consortium Charter Member

  • Southgate Anderson High School, Southgate, MI.  Brendan Walter, Director

  • St. Charles East High School, St. Charles, IL.  Jim Kull, Director

  • St. Claire High School, St. Claire, MI.  Micah Volz, Director

  • Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills, MI.  Lauren Staniszewski, Director

  • Traughber Junior High School, Oswego, IL.  Rachel Maxwell, Director

  • Troy Middle School, Plainfield, IL.  William Goetz and Jennifer Carlton, Directors

  • University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands, Christopher Nichter, Director

  • University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Armand Hall, Director

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.  Scott Teeple, Director

  • Van Wert High School, Van Wert, OH.  Robert Sloan, Director

  • West High School, Columbus, OH. Jochen McEvoy, Director

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  • Bowling Green State University School of Musical Arts, Bowling Green, OH

  • Woodhaven Band Boosters, Brownstown, MI

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