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Fall Events

Instrumental All-State Day

September 11, 2022
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 be 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.
 

Pre-registration will be required for this event.  Pre-register now!

For more information, contact Leslie Marrs.

Bulldog Horn Day

Saturday, November 6, 2021

An intensive all-day clinic for high school horn students!  

Horn students will dig into 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.  Drake University Teaching Artist in Horn, Guinevere McIntyre will lead the clinic.  

Bulldog Horn Day is free and open to high school students. The Final Concert is free and open to the public.  

All participants and observers should wear a mask when not playing their instruments, according to Drake University’s Covid-19 policy. 

For more information, contact Guinevere McIntyre.

Drake University Honor Band Festival

December 3-4, 2021

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.

Winter Events

Drake University Honor Orchestra Festival

January 21-22, 2022

The Drake University Honor Orchestra Festival is an opportunity for all high school string orchestra students to perform advanced ensemble literature with a guest conductor.  The festival includes sectionals lead by Drake University faculty and closes with a concert.  

For more information, contact maureen.yuen@drake.edu or joyce.beyer@drake.edu.

 

Spring Events

Drake University Honor Jazz Band Festival

February 8, 2022

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 Festival of Bands

April 29-30, 2022
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.

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