2019 Honor Band Festival

The festival is Feb. 21-23, 2019. This year's guest conductor is Dr. Michael Black from Franklin College in Franklin, Ind.

Dr. Michael Black Headshot
Dr. Michael C. Black holds the title of Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Franklin College, in Franklin, Ind. A position he was appointed to in 2016. At Franklin College Dr. Black conducts the Franklin College Wind Ensemble and Franklin College Pep Band, and teaches applied brass, music appreciation, world music and conducting. Prior to joining the faculty at Franklin College, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for bands at the University of Connecticut and University of Kentucky, where he directed the basketball bands, including a trip to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. He began his conducting career as the Director of Bands at Panama High School in Panama, Okla.

During his time at Franklin College the band program has more than doubled in size and has collaborated with guest artists, presented joint performances with local high school bands, participated in a commission and presented emotional and musically enriching performances. Concerts have been lauded as “a joy to attend” and that attending is like being “in a classroom as well as a concert.”

Dr. Black received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind band conducting from the University of Kentucky, where he studied with Dr. Cody Birdwell, and the Master of Music in conducting degree from the University of Connecticut, where he studied with Dr. Jeffrey Renshaw. Dr. Black began his collegiate studies at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Dr. Black is active as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, trumpet player and community member. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Indiana Music Educators Association and the College Band Directors National Association, and is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band sorority, and Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity.