50th Annual Middle School Honors Band Festival

November 18-20, 2016

The UWM Middle School Honor Band Festival is one of the longest standing events of its kind, and this year marks the 50th year of honor band activities at UWM! Our festival provides the region’s most motivated and accomplished middle school instrumentalists an opportunity to work with each other and with nationally recognized wind band conductors. In addition, students participate in master classes with the UWM Department of Music’s performance faculty, and they hear performances by UWM ensembles.

View Detailed Festival Schedule

Important Dates

  • September 26-October 18: Director Nominations
    Students must first be nominated by their school band director to be considered for selection to the festivalBand Director Nomination
  • October 24: Notifications & Registration details delivered
    Sent via US Mail to selected students, student alternates, and directors
  • October 24-November 11: Student Pre-Registration period
    Students/parents must complete this online pre-registration process by November 11 at 11:59PM to accept/confirm their invitation to the festival. Purchasing opportunities related to the registration fee, concert tickets, and concert recordings (CD) are available through pre-registration. Students MUST be able to attend all festival rehearsals for full consideration.Register Now
  • November 18: Festival Day 1
    On-site Check-in 4:30-5:30PM (UWM Union, Kenwood Lobby). First rehearsals: 6-8PM (UWM Union Locations). Concert: UWM Symphony Band 8:15-8:45PM (Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts). Details will be sent after October 24
  • November 19: Festival Day 2
    Rehearsals, UWM Faculty master classes, and guest concerts from 8:30AM-5:30PM (A more specific schedule will be available to invited students)
  • November 20: Festival Day 3
    Final Rehearsals on a staggered schedule depending on band performance time. View Detailed Festival Schedule
1PM Michigan Honor Band – Dr. Amy Knopps, conductor
2PM Illinois Honor Band – Mr. Nicholas Carlson, conductor
3PM Texas Honor Band – Dr. Scott Anthony Jones, conductor

Festival Fees

$75 per student (due at time of registration)

New Seating Process

Due to University of Wisconsin System regulations regarding minors on campus, the seating process (chair ranking) will be done based on the Band Director’s nomination. The guest conductor/clinician of each ensemble may choose to vary this order or make other assignments during the course of the festival rehearsals.

Festival Music: All festival music will be furnished by UWM Bands. Music folders and emergency repair (in the UWM Union during Friday auditions) are provided by Brass Bell Music in Whitefish Bay.

Rehearsal items: Students must provide their own instruments, pencils, and a FOLDING MUSIC STAND for all festival activities. (Please label all personal belongings.)

Special Instrumental Needs

  • Flute Students: Should bring a piccolo if you have access to one and want to be considered for piccolo parts. Piccolo assignments will be made under the leadership of the guest conductor/clinician.
  • Brass Students: Trumpet and trombone students should bring straight mutes. Other mutes may be requested during the course of the weekend.
  • Percussion Students: Are required to bring a pair of general-purpose snare sticks, keyboard mallets, and timpani mallets.

Concert Attire

For the UWM Honor Band concert, please wear what you would wear for your own school band concerts. Other suggestions are:

  • Gentlemen: Buttoned dress shirt with a tie, (suit coat or sports coat optional), black dress or dark chino-style pants, dark (black) socks, black dress shoes (no sneakers or athletic shoes).
  • Ladies: Long-sleeved tops with modest necklines and skirts/dresses that are “tea-length” or to the floor (no hem-lines above the calf), dark dress shoes and socks/hosiery. Dress pants/pant-suits are acceptable.

Casual (appropriate for school) clothing is appropriate for festival rehearsals and other activities.

Meals

There are limited Student Union dining facilities that will be open during the festival, but are open to the public. Other restaurants are adjacent to campus, within a four-block walk. Participants will not be accompanied by Festival staff to/from meals. Students and parents are free to make any arrangements necessary for meals.

Lodging

For students traveling further than 60 miles from Milwaukee, we recommend finding overnight accommodations. To assist you in this, we have listed a few hotel options in the near vicinity of the University. This listing is available once nominations are complete.

Emergencies

Office staff is available at (414) 229-5641 during the festival schedule, should any emergency arise. UWM Police Non-Emergency line is (414) 229-4627.

Parking

You are encouraged to use metered street parking, the university parking structures, or other university lots.  Additional information is available at uwm.edu/parking. Participants and patrons are responsible for following all posted parking regulations. Students are responsible for arranging prompt pick-up and drop-off plans with their parents and/or traveling party.

Registration & Ticketing

Online Pre-registration help/deadline

If computer access is limited, please contact the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at (414) 229-4308 for help. Accepted students who do not complete the online Pre-Registration for the Honor Bands Festival by November 11 may have their seat taken by one of the alternate students.

Tickets

Questions regarding tickets and purchases should be directed to the Box Office at (414) 229-4308.

The Box Office fulfills ticket orders for all of the Sunday UWM Honor Band Festival concerts. Reservation, payment, and concert recording CDs are made during the Accepted Students’ Pre-Registration process.

For families/groups with more than one festival participant

  1. Please purchase tickets for one of the concerts during pre-registration
  2. Contact the Box Office at (414) 229-4308 to reserve complementary tickets by November 16 for the second/third concert. (You only need to purchase tickets to ONE concert)
  3. Student participants who’d like to attend Sunday performances (after their own) require a complementary ticket (no purchase required) – please make this request through the Box Office by November 16

Ticket pick-up

  • During On-Site Registration/Check-In, Friday, Nov. 18, UWM Union
  • Sunday, Nov. 20, 9AM-11:30AM, Zelazo Center Box Office
  • Sunday, Nov. 20, 12-3PM, Zelazo Center, Room 280
  • Any remaining tickets available as “walk-up” sales on Sunday

Band Director Tickets

  • Band directors are invited to attend any/all of the Middle School Honor Bands and Milwaukee Music Festival (High School) events for FREE
  • For Sunday Middle School performances, please contact the Box Office to reserve your complementary tickets to each concert

FINAL CONCERTS – SUNDAY, NOV. 20

  • All Sunday final performances will take place in the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood blvd.
  • All patrons should wait in the concert waiting area, Zelazo center ROOM 280 prior to each concert performance.
  • Enter the Zelazo Center on the WEST side (Prospect Ave). Special needs access on the South side of the building via the small parking lot). The Waiting Area will be open and available for concert patrons beginning at noon.
  • Each Middle School honor band will be ticketed on and perform on its own separate concert. Because of this, the concert hall will need to be cleared after each middle school performance. Patrons who are attending multiple performances should leave the concert hall, and re-enter with the other patrons waiting for the next performance.
  • Please meet your student outside of the building immediately following the performance. Students are dismissed from Festival activities upon completing their concert performance.

Detailed Festival Schedule

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General Festival Information – Friday, Nov. 18

  • Festival website: arts.uwm.edu/honorsband
  • Last-minute registration fee payments and new Sunday concert ticket or concert recording (CD) purchases can be facilitated at the Peck School of the Arts (PSOA) Box Office in the lower level of the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., use south entrance). Additional new ticket or concert recording (CD) sales will be available on Sunday morning at the same location, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Pre-ordered Sunday concert tickets are available for pick-up on Friday at the On-site check-in in the UWM Union-ground level Concourse. Pre-ordered tickets will also be available for pick up in the Zelazo Center, Room 280 just prior to the Sunday performances.

Schedule

  • Students are required to participate in all Festival rehearsals, master class session, sectionals, Jazz concert, and the final Sunday performance (indicated in bold below)
  • Attendance is optional (but highly encouraged) for the Friday night (UWM Symphony Band), Saturday morning (UWM Jazz Ensemble), and Saturday night (UWM Wind Ensemble) concerts

 

Friday, November 18

4:30-5:30 p.m.          On-site Check-in – UWM Union (2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard)

  • Kenwood Boulevard – Ground level entrance; parking available in Union parking garage or street metered parking
  • Separate registration tables will be set-up for each of the pre-assigned bands (Illinois, Michigan, or Texas). Look for signs to direct you to your pre-assigned band
  • Bring something to eat for dinner, or eat early before arrival

5:30-6:00 p.m.          Seating of ensembles at rehearsal sites

  • Illinois Band – Wisconsin Room (Union, 2nd level-east)
  • Michigan Band – Fireside Lounge (Union, 1st level-west)
  • Texas Band – Ballroom (Union, 1st level-west)

6:00-7:45 p.m.          Rehearsal I (in the rooms above)

  • Be sure to bring your own instrument, folding music stand, and pencil for all rehearsals! Music is provided at the first rehearsal.
  • Students who can easily transport their instruments should take them home at the end of this rehearsal. Larger instruments may be stored in these locations overnight.

8:15-8:45 p.m.           FREE – Concert by the UWM Symphony Band

  • UWM Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. – just across the street from the Union)
  • Optional event for middle school festival students, their parents and directors

 

Saturday, November 19

8:30-9:50 a.m.          Rehearsal II

  • Same location as last night – except for “Illinois” Band – Report to Zelazo Center, Room 280

10:00-10:50 a.m.     Master classes with UWM Instrumental Faculty/Festival Staff

  • Take your instrument and music with you to these sessions.
  • UWM Police and/or Festival staff will help facilitate finding these locations and crossing the street (as applicable*)

Master Class Locations
Flutes – Union, Fireside Lounge (Samantha Haake)
*Oboes – Zelazo Center, Room 171 (Katie Young Steele)
*Bassoons – Zelazo Center, Room 177 (Beth Giacobassi)
Clarinets/Bass Clarinets – Union, Room 280 (Todd Levy)
All Saxophones – Union, Room 240 (Will Obst)
Trumpets – Union Ballroom (Kevin Hartman)
*Horns – Zelazo Center, Room 353 (Andrew Slembarski)
*Trombones, Euphoniums, and Tubas – Zelazo Center, Room 250 (Mark Hoelscher)
*Percussion – Zelazo Center, Room 280 (Tom Wetzel)

11:00-11:45 a.m.     Concert by UWM Jazz Ensemble – Union, Wisconsin Room

  • Drop off instruments at your 1:00 p.m. rehearsal room before this concert

11:45-1:00 p.m.       Lunch – On your own, UWM Union options available

1:00-5:30 p.m.          Staggered Rehearsal segments, Sectionals, and Breaks

  • Illinois Band return to Union, Wisconsin Room for this rehearsal
  • All other rehearsal locations remain the same

Staggered Sectional Sessions
2:00-2:50 p.m., Illinois Band sectionals
3:00-3:50 p.m., Texas Band sectionals
4:00-4:50 p.m., Michigan Band sectionals

Sectional Locations (same for each band)
UWM Police and/or Festival staff will help facilitate finding these locations and crossing the street (as applicable*)
*Flutes & Oboes – Zelazo Center, Room 250 (C. Ray)
Clarinets– Union, Room 280 (Anderson/Butler/LaFond)
Alto Saxophones – Union, Room 240 (R. Schmidt)
Low Reeds (Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Tenor & Bari Saxes)– Union, Room 260 (M. Jones)
*Trumpets – Zelazo Center, Room 280 (Mr. Corley)
Horns – Union, Room 220 (A. Slembarski)
Trombones – Union, Room 344 (K. Eshbaugh)
Euphoniums/Tubas – Union, Room 250 (J. Sevigny)
Percussion – stay at Union ensemble rehearsal locations (Coaches)

5:30pm: End of the day’s Middle School Festival required activities

 5:30-7:00 p.m.           Dinner – On your own

7:00-8:30 p.m.           FREE Concert by the UWM Wind Ensemble & Milwaukee Music Festival High School Honor Band (Zelazo Center)

  • Optional event for middle school festival students, their parents and directors

 

Sunday, November 20 – Michigan Band

Please be aware that schedules are DIFFERENT for each honor band!

Michigan Band

9:00 a.m.                   Drop-off time at the Zelazo Center (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.)

  • Report to Room 353 (third floor) for case storage
  • Zelazo Center Box Office (lower level, south side) available for new ticket and concert recording (CDs) sales or Will Call ticket pick-up (9-11am)

9:15-10:30 a.m.        Dress rehearsal in Bader Concert Hall

10:30-12:00 p.m.     Lunch break – On your own

  • Union food options will NOT be available
  • Plan to change into concert attire during this break

12:00-12:45 p.m.     Report back to Room 353 and on-stage Warm-up session

  • All concert patrons (parents) should enter the Zelazo Center on the Stowell Ave/west side of the building. To avoid stairs, special needs access and an elevator are available at the South entrance – then please report to Room 280
  • Zelazo Center, Room 280 open for pick up of pre-ordered concert tickets (Will Call)

1:00 p.m.                   Michigan Band performance

  • Students are released from the festival immediately following their performance.
  • Students must meet parents OUTSIDE of the Zelazo Center after the concert.
  • Students/patrons who will be attending later concerts (2pm or 3pm) should exit the concert hall immediately after this performance and return to the Will Call/waiting area in Zelazo Room 280

 

Sunday, November 20 – Illinois Band

Please be aware that schedules are DIFFERENT for each honor band!

Illinois Band

10:00 a.m.                 Drop-off time at the UWM Union – Wisconsin Room

  • Zelazo Center Box Office (lower level, south side) available for new ticket and concert recording (CDs) sales or Will Call ticket pick-up (9-11am)

10:15-11:30 a.m.     Dress rehearsal in the Union – Wisconsin Room

11:30-12:50 p.m.      Lunch break – On your own

  • Union food options will NOT be available
  • Plan to change into concert attire during this break

12:50 p.m.                 Report to Zelazo Center, Rm 171 (first floor) for case storage

  • All concert patrons (parents) should enter the Zelazo Center on the Stowell Ave/west side of the building. To avoid stairs, special needs access and an elevator are available at the South entrance – then please report to Room 280
  • Zelazo Center, Room 280 open for pick up of pre-ordered concert tickets (Will Call)

1:00-1:45 p.m.          Warm-up session in Zelazo Center, Room 250

2:00-2:45 p.m.          Illinois Band performance

  • Students are released from the festival immediately following their performance.
  • Students must meet parents OUTSIDE of the Zelazo Center after the concert.
  • Students/patrons who will be attending the last concert (3pm) should exit the concert hall immediately after this performance and return to the Will Call/waiting area in Zelazo Room 280

 

Sunday, November 20 – Texas Band

Please be aware that schedules are DIFFERENT for each honor band!

Texas Band

11:00 a.m.                 Drop-off time at the UWM Union – Ballroom

  • Zelazo Center Box Office (lower level, south side) available for new ticket and concert recording (CDs) sales or Will Call ticket pick-up (9-11am)

11:15-12:30 p.m.     Dress rehearsal in the Union – Ballroom

12:30-1:50 p.m.        Lunch break – On your own

  • Union food options will NOT be available
  • Plan to change into concert attire during this break

1:50 p.m.                   Report to Zelazo Center, Rm 177 (first floor) for case storage

  • All concert patrons (parents) should enter the Zelazo Center on the Stowell Ave/west side of the building. To avoid stairs, special needs access and an elevator are available at the South entrance – then please report to Room 280
  • Zelazo Center, Room 280 open for pick up of pre-ordered concert tickets (Will Call)

2:00-2:45 p.m.          Warm-up session in Zelazo Center, Room 250

3:00-3:45 p.m.          Texas Band performance

  • Students are released from the festival immediately following their performance.
  • Students must meet parents OUTSIDE of the Zelazo Center after the concert.

The deadline for ordering concert recordings (including all three honor band performances) will be Wednesday, Nov. 23. After the festival, order online at arts.uwm.edu/tickets. All CDs will be mailed to student home addresses.

51st Annual Middle School Honor Bands Festival
November 17-19, 2017

CONTACT

Dr. John Climer, Director of Bands
climer@uwm.edu | (414) 229-5641