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Fall Events

Instrumental All-State Day
September 29, 2014

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.

All-State Chorus Audition Workshop
September 28, 2014 (Registration Deadline is Thursday, September 19) 
Drake's All-State Audition Preparation (ASAP) workshop is unique in Iowa. The purpose of the clinic is to:

  • coach students (in the format they'll audition—quartets, trios, duets, singly) to enhance both their accuracy and expressivity in performing the All-State music (Each small group will have a 25-minute coaching session with Drake choral faculty Aimee Beckmann-Collier and Linda Vanderpool)
  • provide vocal help for students to enhance their tone (students will participate in a 30 minute vocal coaching session with Drake voice faculty and each small group will have a 25-minute vocal coaching session with Drake vocal faculty
  • engage students in experiences that will enhance their understanding of the All-State music and its context
  • provide audition tips and the opportunity to observe a mock audition

Drake University Honor Band Festival
December 5-6, 2014
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.

Spring Events

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

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.

Summer Events

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:

  • June 23-26 - Comprehensive Musicianship Project
  • July 6-11 - Bel Canto Music Literacy (offered in three segments - July 6-7, July 8-9, July 10-11.  Participants may register for any/all of the segments.)
  • July 6-17 - Kodaly certification, Levels I, II, III

Questions? Contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier at: or 515-271-2841.


Fine Arts Events
March 29, 2015
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Fine Arts News
March 23, 2015
One of New York's best big bands, Ryan Truesdell's The Gil Evans Project, will perform free at Drake University on Sunday, March 29.