35th Annual Towson University Honor Band
In this form, you will find all pertinent information regarding the 35th Annual Towson University Honor Band. I am thrilled to be working with your students this year again and look forward to a fun day of music making. The honor band will be held on the Towson University Campus on Saturday, December 9th. This one-day clinic includes rehearsals and masterclasses throughout the day with our various band directors as well as applied faculty and will conclude with a wonderful public performance at 8:00pm.

Conductors for this year's honor band festival include Mr. Brian Balmages (composer, guest conductor, Assistant Director of Bands, Towson University), Mr. Chris Gnagey (Director of Bands, Catonsville High School), Mr. Brenton Alston (Director of Banda, Florida International University), and Christopher Cicconi (Director of Bands and Orchestras, Towson University).

The Towson University Honor Band Festival will feature 2 full concert bands. Both bands will work with each guest conductor. The first band will consist of a wind ensemble while the second band will take the form of a symphonic band. This will give advanced players more challenging repertoire while providing younger players with an opportunity to perform in an honor band that’s a little less rigorous. The ultimate goal for the day is to provide a fun and rewarding experience to musicians of all ages and abilities. The honor band festival is open to all high school students, grades 10 - 12.

Students are chosen and invited to participate in these honor bands solely based on your recommendation and input. Please complete each question on the following google form. Your rating and nomination plays a major part in the selection process. Please submit all nominations of students by Friday, October 27th.

We look forward to hosting your outstanding students on our campus and know they will have an enjoyable time. I look forward to meeting all of you very soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at anytime.


Christopher Cicconi
Director of Bands and Orchestras
Towson University

Participation Fees
All students will receive a Certificate of Participation and a 2017 Towson University Honor Band T-Shirt. Lunch will also be provided.

There will be a $25.00 Honor Band fee per person. (Checks payable to TU Foundation) This fee can be paid during registration the morning of December 9th.

The admission charge for the concert is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.

Day Information
The honor band day, Saturday December 9th, will begin at 7:00am with registration and ensemble auditions. At 8:30am the TU faculty will provide specialized masterclasses to all students followed by a rehearsal block from 9:00am - 12:00pm. From 12:00pm - 1:30pm you will be provided with lunch. From 1:30pm - 4:30pm we will have our second and final rehearsal block followed by a brief performance by the TU Symphonic Band. Dinner, on your own, is from 5:00pm - 7:15pm. At 7:15pm we will have our final preparation rehearsal for our 8:00pm concert. It's a jammed pack day of exciting activities! Hope to see you there!

7am - Registration and Auditions
8:30 - TU Faculty Masterclasses
9:00 - Rehearsal Block 1
12pm - Lunch (Provided)
1:30 - Rehearsal Block 2
4:30 - TU Symphonic Band Performance
5:00 - Dinner (On Own)
7:15 - Final Prep
8:00 - Performance, Kaplan Concert Hall (Tiger and Gold Honor Bands)

You Will Need....
1. Instrument
2. Music (provided)
3. Pencil
4. Concert Attire (you can wear whatever you normally wear for your school concerts)
5. Registration Check for 25 dollars made out to the TU Foundation
Where is Towson University?
The address for the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) is 7700 Osler Drive, Towson MD, 21204 (for GPS). The address for Towson University in general is 8000 York Road, Towson MD, 21252.
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