Honor Band

January 26-28

 

Director Letter - Click to Download

 

Dear Colleague,

 

The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music is proud to announce the 38th Annual Honor Band Festival! We are excited to welcome over 350 students to our beautiful campus for two days of music learning and performing! This year’s festival will be held Thursday, January 26 through Saturday, January 28, 2017. Please read this entire letter for more details.

Application Process

The application will be online again this year. With nearly 900 applications each year, this allows 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/guardian with a link to a publicity release form and one to the director with a link to a short recommendation form, which will also be submitted electronically. The deadline to submit applications by will be Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Please submit applications at:

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

Ensembles

Please see below for a listing and description of each the festival’s ensembles. Students will audition on parts again this year and should prepare the entirety of their ensemble’s repertoire. The primary reason for this process is to increase the amount of individual preparation and decrease the amount of sight-reading, thereby increasing the overall educational and performance outcomes of the festival. Audition excerpts will be posted outside the audition rooms on Jan. 26th. 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 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.

Repertoire

The repertoire for each ensemble will serve as the prepared material for chair placement auditions. PDFs of parts will be posted on the UT Martin 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) in addition to the excerpts from the repertoire. A rudiment sheet will be provided on the Honor Band website.

Location

The high school ensembles will rehearse in the 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

Graduating seniors accepted into 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 $4000.00 (over a four year period). This competition and award is restricted to graduating seniors who wish to pursue a music degree at the UT Martin beginning in the Fall of 2017. 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 or Dropbox and send the web link to Dr. Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu) for screening purposes. If the video is longer than 10 minutes, please submit via Dropbox to avoid the Youtube charge. Deadline for video submission is Friday, January 6. 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 receiving an invitation to audition on campus will be notified by Monday, January 9.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 13.
  5. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  6. 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.

Conductors

Dr. John Oelrich    The University of Tennessee at Martin    Wind Ensemble
Mr. Christopher Woodruff California Polytechnic University  Symphonic Band
Mr. John Easley  Union City High School   Concert Band
Ms. Marti Fults  Spring Hill MS, Wisconsin Dells, WI      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 13, 2017. Please make checks payable to UTM Bands. Alternate students will be selected to replace students who have not paid by this date. In the event of inclement weather, 50% of the fees paid will be refunded. Refunds will not be available for any other circumstance. 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 (731) 587-9577    
Hampton Inn-Martin (731) 587-5800
Econo Lodge-Martin (731) 587-4241
Hospitality House-Union City (731) 885-6610
Hampton Inn-Union City (731) 885-8850
Super 8 – Union City (731) 885-4444
Country Hearth-Union City (731) 885-7774

 

Applications must be received at The UT Martin Band Office no later than Tuesday, November 29. Based on your recommendations, UTM faculty will make decisions in early December and notifications will be sent by Friday, Dec. 9. Selection of the honor band participants is competitive and based on your recommendation that will also be completed electronically.

 

Audition times will be included with the acceptance packet. We ask that your students register one hour before their assigned audition times. Due to the volume of students auditioning, plan to audition shortly after registering to avoid a bottle neck near the end of the audition window. 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 to be an excellent musical experience for you and your students. Thank you for enhancing your students’ musical experiences by supporting this activity.

Dates to Remember:

Nov. 29                         Application & Director Recommendations due
Ded. 9                           Email and mail notification of selected students
Jan. 6                           Payment due
Jan. 13                          Solo Competition Videos due (YouTube links emailed to Dr. Oelrich)
Jan. 26                         Registration, Audition, Rehearsal
Jan. 27                         Rehearsal, Solo Competition, Director's sessions, UTM Montage Concert
Jan. 28                         Rehearsal, Solo Competition Winner & Honor Band performances in afternoon

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email and thank you for your involvement and support of our festival!

 

Sincerely,


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

 

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Thursday, January 26

1:00-5:00 pm Registration (Auditions will begin at approximately 1:15 and continue until completed. All students and directors must register by 4:00 pm.)

 

6:15 pm   All students meet in the Fulton Theatre (Fine Arts) for placement of ensembles.

 

7:00-9:00 pm   Rehearsals:
Wind Ensemble, Dr. John Oelrich – Band Rehearsal Hall FA 136
Symphonic Band, Mr. Christopher Woodruff – Recital Hall FA 122
Concert Band, Mr. John Easley – Fulton Theatre
Junior High, Ms. Marti Fults – UC Ballroom

Friday, January 27

8:30 am Rehearsals begin. Students should arrive early to warm up.

 

8:30-Noon   Rehearsals for students and clinics for directors.
Directors’ Hospitality, all day, FA 170 (Green Room)

 

8:30-9:30 am  Rehearsals

 

9:30-9:45 am  Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

9:45-10:45 am  Rehearsals

 

10:00-11:30 am Solo Competition – Fine Arts 224, Chamber Music Room

 

10:45-11:00 am   Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

11:00 am-Noon  Rehearsals

 

11:00-11:50 am  Directors’ Session: “The Bottom Line: Creating Beautiful Low
Brass Sounds,” Dr. Joseph Frye, FA 113 (Conference Room)

 

Noon-1:30 pm   Lunch in the UC Food Court or in the community

 

1:30-2:30 pm Rehearsals

 

1:30-2:20 pm   Directors’ Session: “How to Practice,” Dr. Jessie Thoman, FA 113 (Conference Room)

 

2:30-2:45 pm  Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

2:45-3:45 pm  Rehearsals

 

2:45-3:35 pm  Directors’ Session: “Beyond the Notes: A Conceptual Look at Music,” Dr. Kurt Gorman & Dr. Bill Waterman, FA 113 (Conference Room)

 

3:45-4:00 pm Break – Student Chamber Ensemble, Lobby

 

4:00-5:30 pm   Rehearsals

 

4:00-4:50 pm  Directors’ Session: “Doing What You Teach,” Dr. Doug Owens, Wesley Brockman, Jeffrey McLemore & Jared Nobles, FA 113 (Conference Room)

 

5:30-7:30 pm  Dinner on or off campus

 

7:30 pm   Honor Band Montage Concert, Fulton Theatre, Free admission.
Honor Band Student Attendance Required.
Amro Music sponsors a reception at The Opera House after the concert for clinicians, directors and UTM Faculty.

Saturday, January 28

8:00 - 8:50 am Graduating Seniors may audition for the UTM Department of Music (both major and non-major participation only).
Auditions should be scheduled in advance through email with the faculty. www.utm.edu/departments/music/faculty.php

 

9:00 -11:30 am   Junior High Band rehearsal in Fulton Theatre, students should report in concert dress.

 

9:00-10:00 am  Senior High Bands Master classes with UTM Faculty. Senior High Honor Band Student attendance required.
Flute – UC 230 – Mr. Charles Lewis
Double Reeds & Saxophones – FA 246 – Dr. Doug Owens
Clarinet – UC 206 – Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander
Trumpets – FA 136 Band Room – Dr. Kurt Gorman
Horns – FA 244 – Dr. Jessie Thoman
Trombone – FA 122 Recital Hall – Dr. Joseph Frye Tuba/Euphonium – FA 142 – Mr. Bill Waterman
Percussion – Percussion Studio – Dr. Julie Hill

 

9:00-9:50 am Directors’ Session: “Coaching Ensembles, Large and Small,” Christopher Woodruff, California Polytechnic University

 

10:10 - 11:45 am  Senior High Bands Rehearse

 

11:45 pm Lunch UC Cafeteria or in the community

 

12:45 pm   Junior High Honor Band warm up in Fulton Theatre, Junior Honor Band students should report in concert dress.

 

1:00 pm   UTM Junior Honor Band Concert, Concert Band reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

1:45 pm UTM Concert Band Concert, Symphonic Band reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

2:30 pm  UTM Symphonic Band Concert, Wind Ensemble reports to Fine Arts Band Rehearsal Hall (136)

 

3:15 pm Solo Competition Winner Performance

 

3:30 pm  UTM Honor Band Wind Ensemble Concert

 

View Schedule

 

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.

Standard PAS Rudiments - Click to Download

 

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.

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

 

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.

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

 

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.

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

 

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.

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

 

  • 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   The University of Tennessee at Martin    Wind Ensemble
Mr. Christopher WoodruffCalifornia Polytechnic University  Symphonic Band
Mr. John Easley Union City High School  Concert Band
Ms. Marti Fults Spring Hill MS, Wisconsin Dells, WI      Junior High

 

 

Dr. John Oelrich – Wind Ensemble

John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin's Music Department in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and University/Community Orchestra, assisting with the Skyhawk Marching Band, teaching instrumental conducting and rehearsal techniques, supervising student teachers and the oversight and continued development of the university bands. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Oelrich is highly active in the area of recruiting and retention, visiting approximately thirty schools each year. He is also the supervisor of the Department of Music’s Living Learning Community, a residential and academic cohort designed to increase student success and retention.

 

His recent engagements as a guest conductor and clinician include the UT Martin Honor Band Festival, Robertson County Honor Band, Gateway Music Association Honor Band, Kentucky All-District #1 Middle School Honor Band and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band. Active as a trumpeter, Dr. Oelrich regularly performs with the UT Martin Faculty Brass Quintet and substitutes with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

 

Under Dr. Oelrich’s direction, the UT Martin Wind Ensemble has grown in quality and scope. In 2014, the ensemble was invited to perform a feature concert for the Tennessee Music Education Association’s State Conference for the first time. The ensemble has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for wind band, including a new symphony, Blue Marble, by Derek Jenkins in 2015 and a new work from Pennsylvania composer, Stephen Barr, in April of 2017. The Wind Ensemble is also active in artistic collaborations, most recently working with the UTM Dance Ensemble to present Gounod’s Ballet Music from Faust in the Spring of 2015.

 

In the summer of 2013, Dr. Oelrich founded the Martin Community Band, the first standing community band in Martin since 1915. Performing 4-5 concerts each summer, the ensemble has grown in quality, scope and size, involving more than 100 musicians each summer.

 

Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, Dr. Oelrich was the Doctoral Conducting Associate at The Ohio State University. He taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for several years, including seven years as an adjunct and one year full-time as Interim Director of Instrumental Music. Prior to his time at Loras, Oelrich spent ten years teaching middle school and high school band 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.

 

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 degree 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, Oelrich enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, motorcycling and amateur astronomy. He, his wife Ruth, children Owen and Lucy, and yellow Labrador, Maia, reside in Martin, TN.

Mr. Christopher J. Woodruff – Symphonic Band

Christopher Woodruff joined the faculty at Cal Poly as associate director of bands in the fall of 2006. In addition to his responsibilities with the concert and athletic bands, he teaches courses in music theory and music appreciation. As instructor of trumpet he also coaches the Cal Poly Brass choir and teaches courses in brass pedagogy.

 

Woodruff received a bachelor's degree in music education at Louisiana State University and taught high school band for several years in Florida. He continued studies in conducting at Northwestern University, where he received the Eckstein Band Conducting Grant and completed the master of music. His principal conducting teachers have included Frank Wickes, John Paynter, Stephen Peterson and Mallory Thompson.

 

He is a founding member of the Pacific Coast Brass Ensemble, a presenter of both traditional and new works of chamber music for brass. He has performed solo works for trumpet with the Penn Central Wind Band, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra.

 

Woodruff holds professional memberships with the Music Educators National Conference, California Band Directors Association, College Music Educators Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the International Trumpet Guild. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda and is chapter co-sponsor of Iota Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

 

Mr. John D. Easley – Concert Band

John D. Easley is currently in his thirty third year of teaching. A graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, he began his teaching career at Dresden and Camden Central High Schools. Presently, Mr. Easley is in his thirtieth year as Director of Bands at Union City High School. During his tenure, the band program has made excellent strides, including eight-time finalist at the prestigious Contest of Champions at MTSU, five-time Tennessee Division II State Champions, and nine time Bands of America Class A Champions and Finalists in Atlanta, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Murfreesboro. His Concert Ensembles have received numerous Superior Ratings and have participated in the TMEA State Concert Festival.

 

Mr. Easley is active professionally as a member and officer in a number of organizations; including Past President of West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, board member of Tennessee Music Educators Association, member of Tennessee Bandmasters Association, NAFME, ASBDA, and Past President of Phi Beta Mu. He also currently serves as president of Masquerade Theatre in Union City. Mr. Easley is much in demand as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeastern United States.

 

He also serves as Director of Music for the First United Methodist Church of Union City. He is married to Delana Easley, staff accompanist and music lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has three children, Benjamin Kyle, Director of Bands at John Overton H.S. in Nashville, Tn., Rebecca Lauren, Band Director at Donelson Middle School in Nashville, Tn., and Andrew Reed, also of Nashville, Tn.

 

Ms. Marti Fults – Junior High Band

Marti Fults is a band director in the School District of Wisconsin Dells. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in instrumental music education from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and a Master’s Degree in middle level education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. In her current position in Wisconsin Dells, Marti has been responsible for developing a team teaching model that enables the band staff to better reach all band students while achieving a high level of musical excellence. She currently lead teaches the high school symphony and concert bands, in addition to being in charge of the marching band and pep band. In addition, Marti is a founding member of the Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation which provides over $120,000 in scholarships annually to graduating seniors in the Wisconsin Dells School district. She was honored with a Crystal Apple Teaching Award in 2010. She has served as a section coach for the Wisconsin State Honors Project. Marti also served as lead counselor for UW-Platteville’s Summer Music Camp. She has served as guest conductor for numerous honors band throughout the upper Midwest including Austin, MN; Sun Prairie, WI; Cazenovia, WI; and Hillsboro, WI. Marti remains an active performing musician as lead alto saxophone in the Hal Edwards Orchestra.

 

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Information coming soon

11:00-11:50 am “The Bottom Line: Creating Beautiful Low Brass Sounds,” Dr. Joseph Frye

 

1:30-2:20 pm   “How to Practice,” Dr. Jessie Thoman

 

2:45-3:35 pm  “Beyond the Notes: A Conceptual Look at Music,” Dr. Kurt Gorman & Dr. Bill Waterman

 

4:00-4:50 pm “Doing What You Teach,” Dr. Doug Owens, Wesley Brockman, Jeffrey McLemore & Jared Nobles

 

9:00-9:50 am  “Coaching Ensembles, Large and Small,” Christopher Woodruff, California Polytechnic University

Solo Competition

Graduating seniors accepted into 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 $4000.00 (over a four year period). This competition and award is restricted to graduating seniors who wish to pursue a music degree at the UT Martin beginning in the Fall of 2017. 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 or Dropbox and send the web link to Dr. Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu) for screening purposes. If the video is longer than 10 minutes, please submit via Dropbox to avoid the Youtube charge. Deadline for video submission is Friday, January 6. 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 receiving an invitation to audition on campus will be notified by Monday, January 9.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 13.
  5. Auditions will take place Friday from 10:00-11:30 am.
  6. Repertoire should be congruent with the musical quality and difficulty of a music department entrance audition.

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