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 CicconiDirector of Bands and OrchestrasTowson University
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.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 20177am - Registration and Auditions8:30 - TU Faculty Masterclasses9:00 - Rehearsal Block 112pm - Lunch (Provided)1:30 - Rehearsal Block 24:30 - TU Symphonic Band Performance5:00 - Dinner (On Own)7:15 - Final Prep8:00 - Performance, Kaplan Concert Hall (Tiger and Gold Honor Bands)