First Read to Stellar Performance
June 25-29, 2018
This summer Drake University will offer a course for elementary and secondary music teachers who want to help their students to read pitch and rhythm confidently, develop beautiful tone, and sing expressively.
The course utilizes a cooperative learning format and guided practice to assist teachers in gaining the skills they need to help their students to become independent and expressive musicians.
Questions? Contact Dr. Aimee Beckmann-Collier at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-271-2841.
October 1, 2018
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.
For more information, contact Leslie Marrs.
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.
February 5, 2019
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.
The Bulldog Horn Day provides an intensive and insipiring all-day clinic for high school horn students. Horn students will dig into all facets of becoming a better player with exercises and technique tips, an opportunity for solo performance in a master class, new horns to try courtesy of Rieman Music, and horn ensemble rehearsals culminating in the Bulldog Horn Concert in the Turner Jazz Center.
For more information, contact Guinevere McIntyre.
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 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.