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Summer Events

Drake University's Summer Music Institute will offer the a number of professional development courses in June and July 2020.  Each course will provide practical strategies for and guided practice in teaching more effectively.  We hope you’ll take advantage of one or more of our 2020 offerings to enhance your skills, creativity, and joy in being a music educator.


Fall Events

Instrumental All-State Day

October 5, 2020
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.
The clinics will be held online via Zoom; pre-registration will be required for this event, in order to send out the correct link to each student and educator in attendance.

For more information, contact Leslie Marrs.

Bulldog Horn Day

Due to unforseen circumstances, the virtual Bulldog Horn Day has been canceled for 2020.

The world is a bit upside down these days so all the more reason to have Bulldog Horn Day!  There will be lots of horn playing, games, art, and fun.  Virtual (zoom) format, Saturday afternoon, November 7.  More details to come but meanwhile save the date!

The Bulldog Horn Day provides an intensive and insipiring all-day clinic for high school horn students. 

For more information, contact Guinevere McIntyre.

Drake University Honor Band Festival

Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, the Drake University Honor Band Festival is cancelled for 2020.

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

Due to restrictions of the pandemic, the Drake University Honor Orchestra Festival is cancelled for 2021.

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

Sedrel Briggs Chamber Music Competition

Due to restrictions of the pandemic, the competition is cancelled for 2021. 

The Sedrel Briggs Chamber Music Competition is open to any string ensemble (minimum three members, with or without piano) for all students in Grades 9-12.  In addition to over $2000 in prizes, the first place winners will have the opportunity to perform at the Zenith Chamber Music Festival (June 2-6, 2020), sharing the stage with professional artists from the United States and around the world.  

For more information about Drake University Honor Orchestra Festival or Briggs Chamber Competition, contact Ashley Sandor Sidon or Maureen Yuen

Spring Events

Drake University Honor Jazz Band Festival

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. 

Bulldog Horn Day

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.

Adventureland Festival of Bands

April 24-25, 2020
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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