Honor Band

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Dear Colleague,

 

The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music is proud to announce the 36th 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 21 through Saturday, January 23, 2016. 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, December 1, 2015.  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. 21.  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 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
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 $8000.00 (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 2016.  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 8.  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 11.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 15. 
  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 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

 

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 8, 2015.  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 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, December 1Based on your recommendations, the committee will make decisions in early December and notifications will be sent by Friday, Dec. 11.  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 BandFestival 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:
Dec. 1                         Application & Director Recommendations due
Dec. 11                                    Email and mail notification of selected students
Jan. 8                           Payment due
Jan. 8                           Solo Competition Videos due (YouTube links emailed to Dr. Oelrich)
Jan. 21                         Registration, Audition, Rehearsal
Jan. 22                         Rehearsal, Solo Competition, Director's sessions, UTM Montage Concert
Jan. 23                                     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

 

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.

  • 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
  • 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

Information coming soon

Information coming soon

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 $8000.00 (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 2016. 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 8.  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 11.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 15.
  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.

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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High Schools

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

 

Camden
Dyersburg
Dyer County
Fayette Academy
Gibson County
Graves County High School
Halls High School
Henry County
Lake County
Lara Kendall School
McKenzie
North Side High School
Obion County
Ripley
South Fulton
Westview

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

 

Chester County
Collinwood
Crockett County
Hickman
Humboldt
Lexington
Lyon Co
McEwen
Peabody
Scotts Hill
South Gibson
Stewart County
St. Benedict at Auburndale
Union City
University School of Jackson
Waverly Central

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

 

Adamsville
Arlington
Central High School of McMinn County
Cheatham
Christian Brothers
Covington
Evangelical Christian School
Goodpasture
Hardin County
Hendersonville
Lausanne Collegiate
Liberty Tech
McNairy Central
Riverside
South Pittsburg High 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
Graves County
Henry County
Hillcrest
Lake County
Lakewood
Lake Road School
McKenzie
Medina
Obion County
Peabody
Ridgemont
Rutherford
South Fulton
Union City
Yorkville

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

 

Bethel Springs
Bolivar
Chester County
Crockett County
Decatur County
Dyer
Humboldt
Huntingdon
Lauderdale
McEwen
Medina
Millington
Rose Hill
Scotts Hill
Waverly
West Creek

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

 

Appling
Evangelical Christian School
Goodpasture
Hardin County
Lakeview
LaVergne
Liberty
Lausanne
Northwest
Raleigh-Egypt
Riverside
Selmer
Spring Hill School
Waynesboro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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