UMD Bands: 46th Annual Junior High School Honor Band
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the University of Minnesota, Duluth Department of Music will be hosting its spring annual 46th 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 totalling 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 there experiences back home to help improve your program.
Next Festival: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Student Registration Deadline: February 5, 2014
Acceptance Notification: February 19, 2014
Gold Band Performance: Michael Sweeney, conductor
Maroon Band Performance: Daniel Eaton, conductor
White Band Performance: Laura Goucher, conductor
Michael Sweeney: Commissioning Project
I am pleased to announce a commissioning project for a new work for band by composer Michael Sweeney. The composition will be a grade 2 – 3 level and approximately 8 minutes in length. The commission fee is only $75.00. The premiere will take place at the University of Minnesota Duluth 2014 Junior High School Honor Band Festival on March 4, 2014.
The Gold Band will premiere the composition at the festival with Michael Sweeney conducting. Commission members will receive a pdf score and set of parts and exclusive performance rights beginning March 4, 2014 to March 4, 2015. The name of the conductor and supporting schools will be included on the inside cover of the score.
I think all of you are familiar with Michael Sweeny’s compositions and his work with Hal Leonard. He was here at UMD a couple of years ago and his work with the Gold Band was excellent and a great experience for all.
If you are interested in participating please let me know and I will send you an invoice for the project. We would like to have everything confirmed by the middle of February 2014 if possible.
I do hope you will consider participating in this commissioning project!
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!
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.
Junior High Band Schedule | pdf
Junior High Letter | pdf
Michael Sweeney Announcement | pdf
Junior High Honor Band Schedule | pdf
Junior High Honor Band Letter Information | pdf
Junior High Honor Band Roster | pdf
Junior High Honor Band Luncheon Reservation | pdf
Gold Band Percussion Assignments | pdf
Maroon Band Percussion Assignments | pdf
White Band Percussion Assignments | pdf
46th Junior high School Honor Bands Music Selection | docx
Mark Whitlock, Director of Bands
231 Humanities Building
1201 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812
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