Honor Band Invitation

It is my pleasure to submit to you the materials for this year’s All-Colorado Honor Band. My name is Dr. Steven Siegel and I am the Director of Bands at Western Colorado University. I hope you are enjoying the start of another school year as I understand how busy you are with marching band, other ensembles and music courses. Please take a moment to look over the materials for this year’s All-Colorado Honor Band.

Date:  Please find the enclosed application and audition materials for the All-Colorado Honor Band. Feb. 21-23, 2019 will mark the 67th meeting of this prestigious ensemble.

Activities:  Registration will begin on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11:30 a.m. followed by seating auditions at 1 p.m. Recorded auditions will serve as placement within the sections and the live auditions will determine chair placement. Rehearsal will begin on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The Host Night Concert will take place Thursday evening. Friday will be a day of rehearsal followed by separate social activities for directors and students in the evening. Please plan on attending the Director’s Banquet while your students are at the Student Dinner and Dance. While not required, these events are highly recommended for directors and students.

New:  In addition to the traditional Honor Band, I would like to start a Director’s Select band as well. This ensemble will contain students who auditioned and did not make the Honor Band, and nominated participants by you, the directors. Students nominated by their directors will not need to pay an audition fee, but will need to pay participation fee if they decide to come to the event. Directors: If you are willing to conduct one piece for this ensemble, please let me know. I would like to have approximately five pieces to perform with this group and your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Audition Material and Deadline:  Please make copies of the enclosed form for each student auditioning. Each audition recording must have a separate form. Audition recordings may be submitted by either an MP3 file or by CD. Electronic submissions are highly preferred and should be sent to ssiegel@western.edu. All forms and recordings must be received by Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. This deadline is critical to ensure that the band is selected and the music can be mailed in a timely manner. All materials will be available online for download on the Western Music website.

Guest Conductor:  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 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. Dr. Black received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, Master of Music degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northeastern State University.

Brass Band:  The Colorado Brass Band will meet as in years past. This group provides a wonderful opportunity for players and listeners alike to experience the beauty of the brass band genre. The ensemble is open to participating directors. All brass players are encouraged to get involved. If you are a director who plans to participate in the Brass Band, please let me know as soon as possible so repertoire can be selected.

I look forward to seeing you in the near future and wish you continued success and musical growth over the coming months. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through the Western e-mail address provided at the bottom of this letter.


Dr. Steven Siegel
Director of Bands and Brass
Western Colorado University