Instrumental All-State Day
September 28, 2015
Drake hosts woodwind, brass, percussion, and string players for Instrumental All-State audition preparation. Music department faculty will assist students in performing scales, prepared music, and solos for the audition. Students should come prepared to perform the material to enhance the coaching of tone, technique, and musicality. This event is free for all high school students who attend.
Drake University Honor Band Festival
December 4-5, 2015
The Drake University Honor Band Festival provides outstanding high school musicians with the opportunity to work with our nation's finest conductors in select band settings. During the two-day festival, students and directors develop their skills through rehearsals and clinics with guest conductors and members of the Drake music faculty. The culminating events are the two evening concerts that feature the Drake Bands and the Honor Bands presenting a wide variety of the finest music for wind band. The Honors Concert Band and Honors Wind Ensemble are comprised of over two hundred students from throughout Iowa and Nebraska. These students are among the finest in the nation.
For more information, contact Drake University Bands or call 515-271-3164.
Drake University Honor Jazz Band Festival
February 10, 2015
The Drake University Honor Jazz Band festival is an annual opportunity for the most talented students from high schools around the region to play together and work with the respected jazz musicians on the Drake University faculty.
Adventureland-Drake University Festival of Bands
April 24-25, 2015
From its inception by festival founder, Drake University Director of Bands, Emeritus, Don Marcouiller in 1980, the Adventureland–Drake Relays Festival of Bands provided school bands of all levels the opportunity to perform for, and be critiqued by America’s most outstanding band conductors and composers. Don’s contributions to the continued growth and development of the festival, his tireless dedication to the field of instrumental music education and his unwavering commitment to the band medium are embodied in this festival.
Robert Meunier, Director of Bands at Drake University, now coordinates the high school festival under a new title, Adventureland–Drake University Festival of Bands. Inquiries about the high school portion of the festival should be directed via email to Robert Meunier or call 515-271-3963.
Drake University Summer Music Institute
June 23-26, July 6-11, & July 6-17, 2015
Drake’s Summer Music Institute will offer three courses in 2015:
Questions? Contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-271-2841.