Drake University Honor Band Festival

December 1-2, 2017

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 200 students from throughout Iowa and Nebraska. These students are among the finest in the nation.

Purpose

To provide an exceptional ensemble experience for high school students to perform under the baton of our nation’s finest band conductors.

Festival Location

All activities of the High School Honor Band will be conducted in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, located on the Drake University campus.


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Ensembles

The festival features two distinct honors ensembles. Membership in the Honors Wind Ensemble is reserved for high school seniors and members of previous Iowa All-State bands. Membership in the Honors Concert Band is open to students of all grade levels and abilities.

Eligibility/Selection Process

High school students may, with the recommendation of their instrumental director, apply for membership in the Honor Band. Deadline for application is Friday, November 3, 2017.  Should you find the need to fax your recommendations, that number is (515) 271-2558. Please be sure to include both the Director's Nomination form and Student Application form with all entries. Applications will NOT be processed without both forms. Applications may also be e-mailed to du.bands@drake.edu.

Honor Band Festival Letter

Honor Band Festival Information Bulletin

Honor Band Festival Director Evaluation

Honor Band Festival Student Application

Registration Fee

A registration fee of $20.00 per student is payable upon arrival on campus. A registration desk will be located in the lobby of the Performing Arts Hall of the Fine Arts Center. Students are asked to register upon arrival between 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Chair Placement Auditions

Chair auditions will consist of performance of the Honor Band music sent to students. Passages utilized are left to the discretion of the auditioner.

Rehearsals

All rehearsals are open to parents, directors and friends.

Music Scholarship Auditions

High School Seniors who interested in auditioning for Drake Music Scholarships are invited to participate in the Drake Music Scholarship Auditions to be held in November 2017 and February 2018. Plan now to attend one of the three dates for scholarship auditions: 11/10/17, 2/2/18, or 2/16/18 

For further information about the Honor Band Festival, contact the Drake University Bands at: du.bands@drake.edu or call the band office at 515-271-3164.

Should you find the need to fax your recommendations, that number is (515) 271-2558. Please be sure to include both the Director's Nomination form and Student Application form with all entries. Applications will NOT be processed without both forms. Applications may also be e-mailed to du.bands@drake.edu.

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