Honor Band

University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7403

Em:

John Oelrich, Director of Bands

Honor Band

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Dear Colleague,

 

The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music is proud to announce the 35th Annual Honor Band Festival! We are excited to welcome nearly 350 students to our beautiful campus for two days of music learning and performing! This year’s festival will be held Thursday, January 23 through Saturday, January 25, 2014. While the majority of the festival’s construct will remain the same, there are some changes to note below with regard to the application process, ensembles, repertoire, auditions and scholarship auditions.

 

Application Process

This year’s application will be online. With nearly 700 applications each year, this will allow us to more efficiently and accurately process all of the information. Students (or directors) will be able to input their information into the online form. Once the application is submitted, two emails will be generated – one to the parent notifying them of the submission and one to the director with a link to a very short recommendation form, which will also be submitted electronically.

 

http://app.perfectforms.com/player.htm?f=Z65CggYp

 

Ensembles

While we will retain the same ensembles as past years, we are being more specific as to which grades will be in each. One of the primary reasons for modifying the placement and audition process is to decrease the amount of sight reading, thereby increasing the overall educational and performance outcomes of the festival. By auditioning students on parts as well as providing the option to audition for Wind Ensemble, we hope to strike a balance between preparation and the individual control over results. Please read all of the descriptions below for complete details.

  • Wind Ensemble

    The Wind Ensemble will consist of students in 9th through 12th grades. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. If there are not enough students who audition for the Wind Ensemble, students will be pulled from the top of the Symphonic Band’s roster. Students who audition for the Wind ensemble and are not accepted will be placed in a seat appropriate to their ability in their default ensemble.,

  • Symphonic Band
    The Symphonic Band will consist of high school students in 11th and 12th grade only. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. Important: 11th and 12th grade students may choose to audition for the Wind Ensemble by preparing its repertoire for their placement audition.

  • Concert Band
    The Concert Band will consist of high school students in 9th and 10th grade only. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. Important: 9th and 10th grade students may choose to audition for the Wind Ensemble by preparing its repertoire for their placement audition.

  • Junior High
    The Junior High Honor Band will consist of students in 7th and 8th grade only. There will be no 9th graders in the Junior High Honor Band. Once students are accepted, they will receive an email to password protected copies of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials.

Repertoire

The repertoire for each ensemble will serve as the prepared material for chair placement auditions. PDFs of parts will be posted on the UTM Department of Music Website and only accessible to musicians via a password protected login.

 

Auditions

First parts of the repertoire for each student’s band will serve as the source for the audition excerpts. Students should prepare all parts to the best of their ability. Students should also plan to perform two major scales (Junior High – up to three sharps and flats; HS – up to five sharps and flats). Percussionists should plan to play two major scales and two of the standard PAS rudiments (slow-fast-slow). A rudiment sheet will be provided on the Honor Band website.

 

Location

The high school ensembles will rehearse in the newly renovated and expanded Fine Arts Building and the junior high will rehearse in the Ballroom of the University Center. All performances will take place in the Fine Arts Building.

 

Solo Competition – New!

All seniors accepted into any of the festival bands are welcome to audition for the Solo Competition. The winner will perform on the final festival concert on Saturday afternoon and receive and an offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $8000.00 (over a four year period). This award is restricted to students who wish to pursue a music degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin beginning in the Fall of 2014. Please see the schedule for audition times. To apply for the competition, students must do the following:

  1. Indicate their intent to audition on their application
  2. Upload a video audition of the intended audition piece via Youtube and send the web link to Dr. Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu) for screening purposes. Deadline for the video submission is January 10. No more than 10 students will accepted for the on campus auditions. Non-acceptance into the on-campus solo competition will not effect participation in the festival.
  3. Students invited to audition on campus will be notified by January 15 and be required to supply a piano accompaniment to Dr. Oelrich no later than January 20.
  4. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  5. Repertoire should be congruent with the musical quality and difficulty of a music department entrance audition.

Directors’ Sessions

We will offer Directors’ Sessions again this year. Please check the Honor Band website for more information as it becomes available.

 

Dr. John Oelrich

 

Dr. Paul Popiel

Dr. David Hedgecoth

Ms. Kara Boyd

The University of Tennessee at Martin

The University of Kansas

The Ohio State University

Lone Oak Middle School

Wind Ensemble

 

Symphonic Band

Concert Band

Junior High

 

Fees

The fee for the UT Martin Honor Band Festival is $45.00 per student and includes the cost of all music, conductor’s honorarium and travel, and a UTM Honor Band patch. Total payment must be received by Friday, January 10, 2014. Please make checks payable to UTM Bands. Alternate students will be selected to replace students who have not paid by this date. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds.

 

Meals & Housing

Meals will be the responsibility of the students and directors. All hotel reservations are to be made by the director directly with the hotel. Housing is available in Martin and Union City.

 

Days Inn-Martin

Hampton Inn-Martin

Econo Lodge-Martin

Hospitality House-Union City

Hampton Inn-Union City

Super 8 – Union City

Country Hearth-Union City

(731) 587-9577

(731) 587-5800

(731) 587-4241

(731) 885-6610

(731) 885-8850

(731) 885-4444

(731) 885-7774

 

Applications must be received at The University of Tennessee at Martin Band Office no later than Friday, NOVEMBER 29. Based on your recommendations, the committee will make decisions in early December and notifications will be sent by Friday, December 6. Selection of the honor band participants is competitive and based on your recommendation.

 

An audition time will be included with the acceptance packet. We ask that your students register one hour before their assigned audition times. A complete festival schedule will be found on the Honor Band website – http://www.utm.edu/departments/band/honorbandsevents.php and a hard copy will be included in the acceptance packet.

 

We sincerely believe the UT Martin Honor Band Festival will be an excellent musical experience for you and your students. Thank you for enhancing your students’ musical experiences by supporting this activity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me.

 

Dates to Remember:  
Nov. 29 Application & Director Recommendations due
Dec. 6 Email and mail notification of selected students
Jan. 10 Payment due
Jan. 10 Solo Competition Videos due (YouTube links emailed to Dr. Oelrich)
Jan. 23 Registration, Audition, Rehearsal
Jan. 24 Rehearsal, Solo Competition, Director's sessions, UTM Montage Concert
Jan. 25 Rehearsal, Solo Competition Winner & Honor Band performances in afternoon

 

Sincerely,

 

John Oelrich, D.M.A.
Director of Bands
The University of Tennessee at Martin
133 Fine Arts
Martin, TN 38238
731-881-7403 | joelrich@utm.edu

 

Audition Requirements

 

Parts

First parts of the repertoire for each student’s band will serve as the source for the audition excerpts. Find your band (by grade) and click your instrument to access your audition materials. Students should prepare all parts to the best of their ability. Your band director will supply you with the password to access the parts.

 

Scales

Students should also plan to perform two major scales: Junior High – up to three (3) sharps and flats; HS – up to five (5) sharps and flats.

 

Percussionists should plan to play two major scales and two of the standard PAS rudiments (slow-fast-slow). Clicking percussion in each ensemble provides a rudiment sheet.

 

HS Wind Ensemble – Grades 9-12 (if you choose to audition for)

 

The Wind Ensemble will consist of students in 9th through 12th grades. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. If there are not enough students who audition for the Wind Ensemble, students will be pulled from the top of the Symphonic Band’s roster. Students who audition for the Wind ensemble and are not accepted will be placed in a seat appropriate to their ability in their default ensemble.

 

HS Symphonic Band – Grades 11-12

 

The Symphonic Band will consist of high school students in 11th and 12th grade only. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. Important: 11th and 12th grade students may choose to audition for the Wind Ensemble by preparing its repertoire for their placement audition.

 

HS Concert Band – Grades 9-10

The Concert Band will consist of high school students in 9th and 10th grade only. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the first parts of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials. Important: 9th and 10th grade students may choose to audition for the Wind Ensemble by preparing its repertoire for their placement audition.

 

Junior High Band – Grades 7-8

 

The Junior High Honor Band will consist of students in 7th and 8th grade only. There will be no 9th graders in the Junior High Honor Band. Once students are accepted to the festival, they will receive an email with a link to password protected copies of the ensemble’s repertoire that will serve as the audition materials.

 

  • Days Inn - Martin (731) 587-9577
  • Econo Lodge - Martin (731) 587-4241
  • Hampton Inn - Union City (731) 885-8850
  • Hospitality House - Union City (731) 885-6610
  • Country Hearth - Union City (731) 885-7774
  • Super 8 - Union City (731) 885-4444

Dr. John Oelrich

D.M.A., Assistant Professor
Director of Bands
Office: 133 Fine Arts
Phone: (731) 881-7403
Email: joelrich@utm.edu
Web: http://www.utm.edu/departments/band

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John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin's Music Department in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, teaching instrumental conducting and rehearsal techniques, supervising student teachers and the oversight and continued development of the university bands.

 

Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Oelrich was the Doctoral Conducting Associate at The Ohio State University, where he conducted the Collegiate Winds and taught courses in the undergraduate conducting sequence. Dr. Oelrich taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for several years, including seven years as an adjunct and one year full-time as Director of Instrumental Music. At Loras, he taught courses in music history, music education, conducting, orchestration, conducted the Wind and Jazz Ensembles and coached chamber ensembles. Prior to his time at Loras, Dr. Oelrich spent ten years teaching middle school and high school music education in Wisconsin and Iowa.

 

Dr. Oelrich is the founder and former conductor of the Dubuque Chamber Winds, a semi-professional chamber wind ensemble. Under Oelrich's leadership, the ensemble performed a wide variety of literature, including standard, lesser-known and newly edited historical works. The ensemble was selected to perform at the 2004 Iowa Bandmaster's Association Convention as well as numerous performances in the Dubuque area.

 

Classical period chamber wind literature and conducting pedagogy, specifically the use of Laban Movement Theory and Mime in the collegiate conducting class curriculum, are Dr. Oelrich's primary areas of research. His critical edition of Ignace Pleyel's Parthia in Dis has been accepted for publication by Fountayne Editions of London. Critical editions of unpublished works by Hoffmeister, Pleyel, Kurzweil and Winter are in progress.

 

After growing up on a dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin, Dr. Oelrich earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The Ohio State University. When not involved in music or teaching related activities, Dr. Oelrich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, and amateur astronomy. He, his wife Ruth, children Owen and Lucy, and yellow Labrador Maia, reside in Martin, TN.

Dr. Paul Popiel

Paul W. Popiel is the Director of Bands at the University of Kansas, only the seventh person to hold this position in the band's storied 125-year history. Dr. Popiel conducts the KU Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate program in wind conducting, and guides all aspects of the university band program. His previous appointments include the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Oklahoma State University. He also enjoyed six years teaching in the public schools of Texas and Michigan.

 

His Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 was heralded by the New York Times: “The ensemble, conducted by Paul W. Popiel, performed with polish, assurance and copious spirit, eliciting a rousing ovation;” while New York’s Feast of Music said, “Give credit to Popiel, a strong advocate for new music, who went for broke, succeeding in showing us that there is, in fact, real, adventurous music being made over on the other side of the rainbow.”

 

Popiel has lectured and performed throughout North America, Europe, Singapore, and Japan. He has produced several CDs for the Wind Band Classics series on the Naxos label, leading the KU Wind Ensemble on the project, "Landscapes", featuring the music of Michael Torke, Aaron Copland, and Frank Ticheli, which was released in March 2014. His latest recording project features the premiere recording of Mohammed Fairouz’s In the Shadow of No Towers: Symphony No. 4 and Philip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, and is slated to be released in November of 2014.

 

Popiel is a contributing author to several volumes of the renowned series, Teaching Music through Performance in Band, as well as the journal Alta Musica. His recent lectures on wind band literature include the University of Coimbra, Portugal in 2012 and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 2011. A proponent of distinctive new music, Popiel has commissioned and premiered numerous new works for wind ensemble and chamber winds, including works by composers Mohammed Fairouz, Michael Torke, Kevin Walczyk, David Dzubay, Tamar Diesendruck, and Joni Greene. In 2014, Popiel was elected to the membership of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, known for the Grammy Awards.

 

Popiel holds degrees from Truman State University, the University of Notre Dame, and Michigan State University. A recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, he also earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Twentieth-Century Music at the University of Bristol, England. Popiel was the Frank L. Battisti Conducting Fellow serving as the Resident Conductor of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

 

Paul, his wife Julie, and their two sons, Nicholas and Keith, live in Lawrence, Kansas.

Dr. David Hedgecoth

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, David Hedgecoth earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education from Florida State University in Tallassee in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Dr. Hedgecoth taught in the Seminole County Public School System for nine years, supervising programs of up to 350 students. He has served as a guest conductor/clinician for honor bands and leadership clinics in Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia.

 

After completing his in PhD in Music Education at The Ohio State University in 2012, Hedgecoth joined the music education faculty of the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. His responsibilities included directing the Symphonic Band, wind repertoire, supervising student teaching and field experience in addition to serving as liaison to the College of Education.

 

As a faculty member at Ohio State, Hedgecoth’s duties include brass and woodwind methods courses, instrumental music education for choral majors, teaching instrumental music for high school students, and supervising field experience for instrumental music education music majors. A former Teacher of the Year and National Board Certified Teacher, Hedgecoth’s research interests include the numerous factors that impact classroom music educators: political influences in education, charter schools as well as public school and charter school curriculum.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Instrumental Education

Education

  • PhD in Music Education, The Ohio State University
  • BME and MA, Florida State University-Tallahassee

Ms. Kara Boyd

Kara Boyd is currently in her seventh year as band director at Lone Oak Middle School in Paducah, Kentucky. Ms. Boyd has worked in school systems in both Kentucky and Georgia. She is a graduate of Trigg County High School and a native of Cadiz, Kentucky. Ms. Boyd earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University in 1998 and a Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000. Professional affiliations include: Kentucky Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota, Women Band Directors International, and the National Band Association. Ms. Boyd was the recipient of the First District Kentucky Music Educators Association Outstanding Middle School Music Educator Award in 2009 and 2014. She is currently the KMEA Middle School Band Chair-Elect. While under her direction, The Lone Oak Middle School Eighth Grade Band was selected to perform as a Distinguished Participant at the 2014 Kentucky Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. Ms. Boyd is currently in her fourteenth year of teaching.

 

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Information Coming Soon

 

Mr. Charles Lewis: “The Flute: In Search of a Beautiful Sound,”

 

Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander: “Putting the Tone in Clarinet InTONation,” FA 245

 

Dr. Jessie Thoman: “Diagnosing Through Sound: What Your Horn Players are Telling You Without Saying a Word,” FA 245

 

Dr. Doug Owens: “Too Many Kenny G’s, Not Enough Burping Bedposts: Encouraging Double Reed Doubling for Your High School Saxophonists,” FA 245

 

All students accepted into any of the high school festival bands are welcome to audition for the Solo Competition. The winner will perform at the final festival concert on Saturday afternoon and receive and an offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $8000.00 (over a four year period). This award is restricted to students who wish to pursue a music degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Please see the schedule for audition times. To apply for the competition, students must do the following:

  1. Indicate their intent to audition on their application.
  2. Upload a video audition of the intended audition piece via Youtube and send the web link to Dr. Oelrich(joelrich@utm.edu) for screening purposes. Deadline for the video submission is January 10. No more than 10 students will accepted for the on campus auditions. Non-acceptance into the on-campus solo competition will not effect participation in the honor band.
  3. Students invited to audition on campus will be notified by January 15 and be required to supply a piano accompaniment to Dr. Oelrich no later than January 20.
  4. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  5. Repertoire should be congruent with the musical quality and difficulty of a music department entrance audition.

Parking

We have been assured by campus police that no tickets will be issued to vehicles without University Parking Permits during the Festival. Try to park close to the University Center, if possible. If you do receive a ticket, please bring it to headquarters in FA 132, and we will take care of it.

Registration

After arriving, please register and pick up your packet in the Fine Arts Band Work Room – FA 132. The Warm-up Room for High School students will be the Band Room – FA133. The Warm-up Room for Junior High School students will be the Fulton Theatre in Fine Arts. Your school's packet will contain name badges for yourself and all participating students, maps, festival schedules, a list of area restaurants and flyers for upcoming UT-Martin Department of Music events. Please distribute these flyers to interested students in your program. Name badges are to be worn at all times during Festival events.

Auditions

Auditions for both High School and Junior High School students will take place in the Fine Arts Building. A detailed list of room assignments will be in your packet.

Fees – Receipts

If your school requires a receipt for your fees, please see Sherry Adams in Fine Arts 108 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Thursday or Friday.

Rehearsal Breaks/UTM Student Chamber Ensemble Performances

There are 15-minute breaks scheduled during the long rehearsal blocks. During these times UTM Student Chamber Ensembles will be presenting short performances in the main lobby of the Fine Arts Building. Please encourage your students to attend these. They will be short enough so students will still be able to have some time to chat, use the restroom, etc.

Hospitality Room

The Director's Hospitality Room will be in FA 170 (Green Room). Water and coffee will be available all day and light breakfast will be served in the morning until 10:00 a.m

Reception

Please join us for a reception sponsored by Amro Music after the UTM Montage Concert on Friday night at La Cabana. Light snacks will be served.

Department of Music Auditions

If any of your students wish to schedule a UTM-Department of Music audition during the Festival, please have them sign up for a time during the initial registration on Thursday in FA 132. Sign-up sheets will be available for all instruments, including voice and piano.

Instrument Considerations

Percussion - We have assembled enough percussion instruments to outfit each ensemble. Please bring sticks and mallets only.

 

Large Instruments – Tuba, Euphonium, Baritone & Tenor Saxophones may be left in the rehearsal spaces where they will be secured.

 

Flute/Piccolo – If you have a student who is interested in being considered for piccolo, please have them bring them along. The only audition requirement will be a scale of the auditioner's choice.

Concert Dress

Concert Dress for each ensemble will be nice dress. Please keep the choices modest and refrain from jeans and printed items. Look classy and professional.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to having you on campus!

 

Dr. John Oelrich

Director of Bands

731.881.7403 | joelrich@utm.edu

 

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Early (Registration and auditions completed by no later than 3pm) i.e. between 1 and 3pm

Camden
Dyersburg
Dyer County
Fayette Academy
Gibson County
Henry County
Lake County

McKenzie
Obion County
Ripley
South Fulton
Westview
Yorkville School

 

 

Middle (Registration and auditions beginning at 2pm and completed by 4:30pm)

Chester County
Collinwood
Crockett County
Graves County
Halls
Humboldt
Lexington
McCracken County
Peabody
Scotts Hill

South Gibson
Southside
Union City
University School of Jackson
Waverly Central
White House High School
White House Heritage High School
Wilson Central High School
Wooddale High School

 

 

Late (Registration between 3:30pm and 4:30 pm, with auditions completed by 6pm)

Adamsville
Cheatham
Evangelical Christian School
Goodpasture
Hardin County
Hickman County
Jackson Central Merry

Liberty Tech
McNairy Central
Munford
Riverside
South Pittsburg High School
Spring Hill School
Wayne County

 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Early (Registration and auditions completed by no later than 3pm) i.e. between 1 and 3pm

Camden
Dyer County
Dyersburg
Fayette Academy
Henry County
Lake County

Medina
Obion County
Rutherford
Trenton Rosenwald
Union City
Yorkville School

 

Middle (Registration and auditions beginning at 2pm and completed by 4:30pm)

Bolivar
Crockett County
Dyer
Graves County

Halls
Lauderdale
Waverly

 

 

Late (Registration between 3:30pm and 4:30 pm, with auditions completed by 6pm)

Appling
Decatur County Middle Schools
Evangelical Christian School
Goodpasture
Hardin County

Liberty
Riverside
Rose Hill Middle School
Selmer

 

 

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133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7403

Em:

John Oelrich, Director of Bands