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High School Honor Band Festival

The Music Department welcomes nearly 200 high school students and Keith Allen, guest conductor, to the 2013 University of St. Thomas High School Honor Band Festival


Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas Saint Paul, MN 55105



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(651) 962-5874

2013 University of St. Thomas High School Honor Band Festival

The Honor Bands will meet on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in the Anderson Student Center. Registration will be open from 8-9 a.m. in Anderson Student Center, James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall (3rd floor).  Rehearsals will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a 7:30 performance in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Lunch and dinner will be provided for all participants.

Event Schedule and Important Reminders

Hourly parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility at the corner of Grand and Cretin Avenues.
Cost for hourly parking is $1.50/hr before 4 p.m. and $1.00/hr after 4 p.m. 

Visitors to the University of St. Thomas campus receive a discounted rate at area hotels.  The rates are established through arrangements with the university and a consortium of colleges in the Twin Cities.  Please review the hotels offering a discounted rate and follow the instructions for receiving the special rate here.

Guest Clinician/Conductor
Members of both bands will have the opportunity to work with Keith Allen, internationally acclaimed British conductor. Keith Allen is Musical Director of the Birmingham Symphonic Winds. 

The Symphonic Band (Band 1)

Dr. Matthew George, Director of Bands, will conduct the Symphonic Band.  The Symphonic Band will be comprised of the very top members of the nominated group.

Symphonic Band Music - Grade 4
1. Mockbeggar Variations by Guy Woolfenden
2. Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams
3. Cryptogram by Kit Turnbull

Concert Band (Band 2)

Dr. Douglas C. Orzolek, Associate Director of Bands, will conduct the Concert Band.  The Concert Band will be comprised of the second tier of the nominated group.

Concert Band Music - Grade 3 
1. Silverwinds by Fergal Carroll
2. Hymn for Africa by Peter Meechan
3. Dois Coracoes by Pedro Salgado

Nomination Deadline: Oct. 4

Both bands are expected to be enrolled with high school students representing the highest calibre and standard from each participating school.  Students who are nominated for either band should be technically and musically advanced beyond their peers.  Please only nominate students who can successfully prepare for and engage in a one-day event leading to a concert of high musical standard.  Assignments and parts will be distributed no later than Tuesday, October 7.

Directors, click here to submit nominations