UMD Jr. High School Honor Band Festival

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Here at UMD we are providing a chance for your best students to come and participate with other individuals who are at a similar level.

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On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, the University of Minnesota, Duluth Department of Music will be hosting its spring annual 47th Annual Junior High Honor Band Festival. The Junior High Honor Bands are composed predominately of outstanding eighth and ninth grade students from the area. A few seventh graders will be accepted on a special case basis. This festival typically features 2 or 3 honors bands each totaling between 60 and 100 musicians.

Our Honors Band Philosophy

The purpose of this festival is to give the best students in your program a chance to participate in an ensemble that not only performs well but provides the students an opportunity to learn more about music and hopefully inspire them to become more excited about music. While we want bands that play well at the concert, we are more concerned about what your students learn while they are here at UMD. The level of performance does not always reflect what has been learned. Having said that, I would like you to consider the following when you are nominating your students.

  1. Nominate only those who you know have achieved a level of skill beyond beginner level.
  2. Please nominate students who have good attitudes and want to learn.
  3. Please nominate students who want to work hard.
  4. Nominate those who will appreciate the opportunity you/we are providing them and want to take their experiences back home to help improve your program.

Festival Dates

Next Festival: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Student Registration Deadline: February 4, 2015

Acceptance Notification: February 18, 2015

2015 Conductors

Gold Band Performance: conductor

Maroon Band Performance: conductor

White Band Performance: conductor

Music Stands

Because of the large numbers of participants I’m asking each school to bring at least one stand for every two participants. If you could bring an extra one or two stands, that would be appreciated. Please remember to take them home!

Rehearsal Locations

Once again because of the overwhelming response to the festival, we will be dividing the selected students into three bands of equal size. The Gold Band will be rehearsing on the Weber Music Hall stage. This band consists of a selection of the top students you nominated, including some of the older students. The Maroon Band will be rehearsing in the Kirby Ballroom and the White Band will be rehearsing on the MPAC stage. I hope you understand that the selection process was difficult, but I feel sure that we have three outstanding bands that will well represent all of your schools.

How to Nominate

This year we are requesting that all nominations for the Junior High Honor Band be done on line at our UMD Bands web site. Please if at all possible try to use this method of submitting nominations. We would appreciate this very much!

Please nominate your finest students for the Gold Band. Those students who are nominated for the Gold Band but not accepted will be placed in the Maroon and White Bands. You should nominate students who you know are not ready for the Gold Band on the Maroon and White Bands nomination sheet. I’m sure you will nominate only those students you know are deserving of this honor and are willing to come to work hard and learn. Also, please nominate only those students who you know are interested in coming and will be able to come if selected.

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Junior High Band Schedule

Junior High Letter

Michael Sweeney Announcement

 Junior High Honor Band Schedule

Junior High Honor Band Letter Information

Junior High Honor Band Roster

Junior High Honor Band Luncheon Reservation

Gold Band Percussion Assignments

Maroon Band Percussion Assignments

White Band Percussion Assignments