Wayne State University
 

Honor Bands

SAVE THE DATE!!!

2017 Honor Bands Day
October 21, 2017

Director nominations will be accepted starting September 5, 2017
Registration is now CLOSED 

 

 Middle School Honor Band Information

The Wayne State University Department of Music would like to invite you to participate in this year's Middle School Honor Bands, led by Wendy K. Matthews, Assistant Professor of Music Education will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017 on Wayne State University's beautiful main campus in Detroit, Michigan. The Middle School Honors Band is open to students in grades 7-9 who are currently enrolled in at least one of their schools ensembles. This is a unique and enriching experience offered only to outstanding middle and high school student musicians. Students will prepare advanced repertoire in large ensembles, master classes, and sectionals, led by Wayne State Department of Music faculty and students. The day will commence at 9:30 a.m. and end with a 5:00 pm. performance at Wayne State's Student Center 2nd floor Ballroom located at 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, Michigan 48202. The concert should last approximately 45 minutes.

High School Honor Band Information

The Wayne State University Department of Music would like to invite you to participate in this year's High School Honor Band led by Douglas Bianchi, Director of Bands and Joseph Dobos, Director of the WSU Concert Band will take place on October 21, 2017 on Wayne State University's beautiful main campus, in Detroit, Michigan. This is a unique and enriching experience offered only to outstanding middle and high school student musicians. Students will prepare advanced repertoire in large ensembles, master classes, and sectionals, led by Wayne State Department of Music faculty and students. The day will commence at 9:30 a.m. and end with a performance at Wayne State's Student Center 2nd floor Ballroom located at 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, Michigan 48202 at 7:00pm. The concert should last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

 


Sample Director's Letter

Dear Colleague,

Wayne State University is pleased to announce the Honor Band, Saturday, October 21, 2017. The honor band will be held on our campus. We invite you to nominate your outstanding band students to participate in this exciting event: Middle/Jr. High school students in grades 7-8-9 and high school students in grades 9-12. (Please indicate on the online form if your school is a jr. high or high school and your ninth grade nominations will be placed accordingly). Wayne State University 2016 Honor Band will include performances by faculty and students, ensemble rehearsals, and master classes with the WSU Department of Music applied faculty.The Middle School Honor Band will begin at 9:30 am. and conclude with a concert at 5:00 pm. in the Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Wayne State University (5221 Gullen Mall). The High School Honor Band will begin at 9:30 am. The rehearsal will end at 4:00 pm. The high school students will be dismissed at that time to meet their parents for dinner and to change into their concert attire. High school students will report to the Student Center Ballroom at 6:00 pm. for warm-up. The high school honor band concert will begin at 7:00 pm. in the Student Center Ballroomon the campus of Wayne State University (5221 Gullen Mall). To participate students are expected to attend the full day of rehearsals and the concert. 

Participants for the Honor Band will be selected based on their musical accomplishments and their director's assessment and recommendation. Directors can nominate up to 7 students (3 woodwind students, 3 brass students, 1 percussion) for the festival. The nomination process will be done online this year. The Student Nomination Form is available here. Please complete the form, which includes your student's information (contact info, musical experience) as well as your confidential assessment and rank order. To be considered, nominations must be completed by 5:00pm on Monday, September 25, 2017. Students selected for the Honor Band will be notified in early October and asked to register at that time. Please only submit nomination forms for those students interested and available to attend the Honor Band.

Last year's Honor Band was an overwhelming success! Over 160 students participated representing 50 schools from across Michigan and Ohio. I want to personally thank those directors and students for their participation last year and hope you will be returning again this year.

I hope you will encourage your students to participate in this year's Festival. We would especially like to invite any students considering a career in music, as well as students considering attending WSU in the future.

The students and staff of the WSU Music Department are very excited about this year's Honor Band Festival. We believe that it will be an enjoyable and musically rewarding weekend for all who attend. We look forward to having your students join us for this event!

 

Sincerely,

Douglas Bianchi and Wendy K. Matthews
 

A schedule for the day and additional forms will be made available soon. If you have any question please contact Dr. Wendy K. Matthews by phone (313) 577-2674 or email fe2812@wayne.edu