Middle School Honors Band Festival

uwm middle school honors band festival

November 19–21, 2021

Unfortunately, we will not be holding a UWM Middle School Honors Band Festival in the 2020-21 academic year. Please add the dates above to your long-term calendar for the 2021-22 academic year!

Director Nominations (Nov 30–Dec 11)

Only students who are nominated by their school band director are eligible to attend. Students will receive notice of their acceptance to the festival or their “wait-list” designation by email on or around December 14.

Special note to Directors: If you or your band-related organization plans to pay for some or all student registration fees, please contact Dr. Scott Corley (scorley@uwm.edu) during the Director Nomination Period about this.

Basic Festival Schedule

Participating students must be able to commit to the full duration of all activities listed below. A more detailed schedule will be available to students prior to the festival.

Friday, Feb. 19 – UWM Union (2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.)

  • 4–5 p.m. – Registration (Union Lobby)
  • 5–8 p.m. – Seating of Ensembles & First rehearsals (various Union spaces)

Saturday, Feb. 20 – UWM Union

  • 8:30–10:45 a.m. – Rehearsals/Sectionals (Union)
  • 11–11:45 a.m. – Concert by the UWM Symphony Band
  • 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. – Lunch Break (on your own)
    UWM Jazz Combos will be playing in the Union Concourse during lunch.
  • 1–5 p.m. – Additional Rehearsals/Sectionals (Union)

Sunday, Feb. 21 – UWM Union and Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.)

  • 8 a.m.–12 p.m. – Final/Dress Rehearsals (Union or Zelazo Center)
  • Lunch Break (on your own)
  • Final Concerts at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm (Zelazo Center)
    These concerts are open and free to participating students, their families, and band directors – no tickets necessary.

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:

  • Option 1: Top: White button-down, long-sleeved dress shirt (a tie is optional). Bottom: black dress or dark chino-style pants and belt, dark (black) socks, black dress shoes (no sneakers or athletic shoes).
  • Option 2: Top: White long-sleeved top/blouse with a close neckline. Bottom: Black skirt/dress with a hemline at the calf or to the floor and black socks/hosiery. Black dress pants are also acceptable. Black dress shoes (no sneakers or athletic shoes).

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


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.


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.


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.