Senior High Honor Band Festival

Nominate Your Students Here

On Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Music is pleased to be hosting its Sixty-Third Annual Senior High Honor Band Festival. As always, our hope is to provide you and your students with the best experience possible. This year there will be two bands, the Gold Band and the Maroon Band. We will keep membership for the Gold Band to around 65-70 members. Our guest artists this year will be composer Randall Standridge and Conductor, Charlie Leibfried. Randall will be here to give clinics and conduct several of his compositions. Charlie Leibfried will be conducting the Maroon Band at the festival.

 

 

COVID-19 protocols: All students, faculty, staff, and all visitors are required to wear face coverings indoors at UMD. Students will observe the UMD masking requirement and the physical distancing recommendations from the International Coalition of Performing Arts aerosol studies during this year's honor band events. Students who are ill are asked not to attend the event.  Students who are not required to mask in their school music programs will still be required to mask during the honor band event.

THE GOLD BAND

This year I (Mark Whitlock) will conduct the Gold Band.  As always, I am extremely anxious to work with your talented students. Membership in this band should be limited to only the best musicians in the state.  In most cases, students should have been members of one of the All-State bands, be in the first section of your band and/or have received a "1" rating at solo and ensemble contest. If you have a student that you feel is truly outstanding please submit their name. Be sure to document the student's accomplishments. Students not selected for this band will automatically be considered for the Maroon Band.

THE MAROON BAND

This ensemble will be conducted by Charlie Leibfried. As many of you know, Charlie was the Director of Bands at Duluth Central High School for many years. He is wonderful conductor and had one of the finest programs in the state. I can assure you that he’ll do wonderful work with your students, and I know they will enjoy him. I am asking that you recommend other outstanding students from your band program for this ensemble. Your strongest juniors and seniors, other students who have attended honor bands or students who are serious musicians in your program should be considered.

HOW TO NOMINATE ON–LINE –  z.umn.edu/nominateshhb

This year we are requesting that nominations for the Senior High Honor Band be done on-line at our UMD Bands web site. Please, if at all possible try to use this method of submitting nominations. We would appreciate this very much!

Note for Percussionists:

Please be specific about percussionist's strengths (timpany, mallets, snare, etc.) and also indicate whether the baritone players read bass clef or treble clef.

Please nominate only students who have expressed an interest in participating and who can guarantee they will attend if selected. We would like to make this event as musical and memorable as possible, so a commitment is essential.

Dates to keep in mind:

Entry Deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021

Results Notification: Monday, October 25, 2021

We are in the process of making arrangements with the local Hotels and will send you that information ASAP.

Our Honor Band Philosophy

The purpose of this festival is to give the best students in your program a chance to participate in an ensemble that not only performs well but provides the students an opportunity to learn more about music and hopefully inspire them to become more excited about music. While we want bands that play well at the concert, we are more concerned about what your students learn while they are here at UMD. The level of performance does not always reflect what has been learned. Having said that, I would like you to consider the following when you are nominating your students.

  1. Nominate only those who you know have achieved a level of skill beyond beginner level.
  2. Please nominate students who have good attitudes and want to learn.
  3. Please nominate students who want to work hard.
  4. Nominate those who will appreciate the opportunity you/we are providing them and want to take there experiences back home to help improve your program.

The Gold Band

Membership in this ensemble should be limited to only the best musicians in the state. In most cases, students should have been members of one of the All-State ensembles, be in the first section of your band and/or have received a "1" rating at solo and ensemble contest. If you have a student that you feel is truly outstanding you may submit their name. Be sure to document the student’s accomplishments. Students not selected for this band will automatically be considered for the Maroon Band.

The Maroon Band

I am asking that you recommend other outstanding students from your band program for this ensemble. Your strongest juniors and seniors, other students who have attended honor bands or students who are serious musicians in your program should be considered.

The UMD Faculty will also be on hand to give clinics and performances throughout the weekend. A more complete biography is available in the honor band information packet. I am looking forward to having the chance to meet your fine students. All of us at UMD sincerely hope that you can find the time to become involved with this special festival.

 

Nominate your Students Here

 

If you have questions or problems nominating your students, please email: [email protected]

If you have questions or problems nominating your students, please email: [email protected]


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Payment Information:

There will be a $25.00 charge per student for participation in the UMD Senior High Honor Band Festival.
Payment will be due on the day of registration. Checks should be made payable to UMD Bands.

For more information, contact:

Mark Whitlock, Director of Bands
Office: 218.726.6124
Fax: 218.726.8210
[email protected]
212 Humanities Building
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812