Honor Band

Director Letter - Click to Download

 

Dear Students, Parents, and Band Directors,

 

The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music is proud to announce the 43rd 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 27 through Saturday, January 29, 2022. 

 

The UTM Honor Band has provided generations of excellent student musicians the opportunity to work together on high quality music with fantastic guest conductors to produce artistic and exciting performances.  We are thrilled that you are interested in becoming part of this rich and successful history. 

 

Please read all the information below, including the material regarding protocols for managing the pandemic.

Application Process – NEW Software – Please read!

UTM Has moved to a new form software (Dynamic Forms). The process will have all the same components but anyone who fills out an application (director or student) will need to create an account first.  This process is free and simple. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Click the link to the Application Form
  2. Create a new account – need an email address
  3. Follow the prompts, log in, complete, and submit the form
  4. Directors can still submit applications for all their students (if that is what you have done in the past). This may be the easiest option. 

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. Directors and parents will need to scroll through the form to their page. Directors: your recommendation information will not be visible to students and parents. The deadline to submit applications by will be Friday, December 3, 2021 at midnight

Director Recommendations & Student Rankings

Students should be ranked in order by directors (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) on the Director Recommendation. It is important to the entire process that students be ranked in sequential order, i.e. only one student per number.  In past years, we've had several schools rank all of their students as number one.  We do our best to take every school's number one choice but cannot guarantee that in all situations.  Ranking every one of your students as number one is unfair to the application process and to potentially more qualified students from other schools. Directors will who rank all students as number one will be asked to re-rank their students or risk having their students not accepted.

Preparation

Directors: please be sure your accepted students are prepared on their repertoire before attending the festival. Doing so helps them, the rest of the musicians and guest conductors to have the most positive and musical experience possible. We have experienced issues in recent years with students attending the festival who were unprepared or otherwise not ready for the experience. We ask your cooperation and assistance in this process from application through performance in order to ensure success for all students.

Communication

All communication for the festival, including, but not limited to, notification of acceptance, login and password information, audition times and final information will be sent to directors. Please relay this information to your students, band parents, and school administration.

Ensembles

Please see below for a listing and description of each the festival’s ensembles and audition requirements.

Audition Process

While students will audition on parts again this year, all pieces from each ensembles program will not be included.  Students should start by preparing the entirety of their default ensemble’s repertoire (9-10 Concert Band; 11-12 Symphonic Band). Students who intend to audition for the Wind Ensemble should prepare that repertoire in addition to their default ensemble’s repertoire.  Again, the number of pieces included in each ensemble’s audition material has been lowered, making this relatively low impact for those students.

 

The primary reason for this audition 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. 23rd.  Please read all of the descriptions below for complete details as some audition procedures have changed.   

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. Students should start by preparing the entirety of their default ensemble’s repertoire (9-10 Concert Band; 11-12 Symphonic Band). Students who intend to audition for Wind Ensemble should prepare that repertoire in addition to their default ensemble’s repertoire.  Again, the number of pieces included in each ensemble’s audition material has been lowered, making this relatively low impact. The number of pieces will be limited for each ensemble.  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.  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.

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, in addition to the Symphonic Band’s, 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, in addition to the Concert Band’s, for their placement audition. 

Middle School

The Middle School Honor Band will consist of students in 7th and 8th grade only.  There will be no 9th graders in the Middle School 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. This information will be sent to Directors.  For students who apply on their own, please contact your director for this information.

Auditions

We ask directors to be sure their students are able to successfully perform the repertoire for the ensemble for which they are auditioning.  Percussionists should be able to read treble and percussion clefs and be competent to perform on all instruments required by the repertoire.  While we would love to accept all of your students into the festival, not all are at the point in their development where they can be successful in an event like this.  We are relying on you to provide accurate references and vet your students to avoid putting students, festival staff, and guest conductors in difficult situations.

 

SCALES: 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 on marimba and two of the standard PAS rudiments (slow-fast-slow) in addition to the excerpts from the repertoire.  A rudiment sheet will be provided with the percussion materials on the Honor Band website.

Location

The high school ensembles will rehearse in the Fine Arts Building and the Middle School 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 2022.  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 and send the web link to Dr. Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu) for screening purposes. Deadline for video submission is Friday, January 14, 2022. 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 Tuesday, January 17, 2022.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 21, 2022.
  5. Auditions will take place Friday of the Honor Band 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
Dr. Milt Allen Hal Leonard, Jupiter, Meredith Music Symphonic Band
Kimberly Meader Kaukauna High School Concert Band
Susan Waters Oliver Middle School Middle School Band

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 21, 2022.  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 Friday, December 3, 2021Based on your recommendations, UTM faculty will make decisions in early December and notifications will be sent by Monday, December 13, 2021.  Selection of the honor band participants is competitive and based on your recommendation that will also be completed electronically.  It is imperative that you complete the recommendation.

 

Audition times will be included with the director information packet sent after the New Year.  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:

Dec. 3 Application & Director Recommendations due

Dec. 13 Email and mail notification of selected students

Jan. 14 Solo Competition Videos due (links emailed to Dr. Oelrich)

Jan. 21 Payment due

Jan. 21 Accompaniments Due (Solo Competition Invitees Only)

Jan. 27 Registration, Audition, Rehearsal

Jan. 28 Rehearsal, Solo Competition, Director's sessions, UTM Showcase Concert

Jan. 29 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 | Associate Professor of Music
The University of Tennessee at Martin
731-881-7403  |  joelrich@utm.edu

 

Festival Schedule

Thursday, January 27

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.) See Audition Room Assignments for locations – changed this year for HS 

6:15 pm Opening Convocation – All students meet in the Harriet 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 – Dr. Milt Allen, Recital Hall, FA 122

Concert Band – Kimberly Meader, Harriet Fulton Theatre (HFT)

Junior High – Susan Waters, UC Ballroom

Friday, January 28

8:30-Noon Rehearsals for students and clinics for directors. 

  • Directors’ Hospitality, all day, FA 170 (Green Room)

8:30-9:30 am Rehearsals (students should arrive early to warm up)

9:30-9:45 am Break

  • Fine Arts: Professor Charles Lewis, flute
  • UC: Dr. Doug Owens & Dr. Elaine Harriss

9:45-10:45 am Rehearsals

Director Session: “Creating Stronger Mental Models to Improve Percussion Performance,” Dr. Brady Spitz, FA 246.

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

10:45-11:00 am Break

  • Fine Arts: Brady Robinson, Edmund Brumback, and Dr. Steven Darling
  • UC: Robert Skoglund, Snare Drum

11:00 am-Noon Rehearsals

Directors’ Session: “Solo and Chamber Music for Middle and High School Woodwinds,” Dr. Doug Owens, FA 246.

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

1:30-2:30 pm Rehearsals

Director’s Session: “Putting the Tone in Clarinet InTONation,” Dr. Liz Aleksander, FA 246

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

  • Fine Arts: Dr. Doug Owens & Dr. Elaine Harriss
  • UC: Brady Robinson, Edmund Brumback, and Dr. Steven Darling

2:45-3:45 pm Rehearsals

Directors’ Session: “Low Brass Tone, Articulation, and Exercises,” Dr. Steve Darling, FA 246

3:45-4:00 pm Break

  • Fine Arts: Student Saxophone Quartet, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • UC: Professor Charles Lewis, flute

4:00-5:30 pm Rehearsals

5:30-7:30 pm Dinner on or off campus 

7:30 pm UTM Showcase Concert, Harriet Fulton Theatre, Fine Arts, Free admission.

  • Honor Band Student Attendance Required

Saturday, January 29

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 HFT, students should report in concert dress.

9:00-10:00 am Senior High Bands Master classes with UTM Faculty. Senior High Honor Bands, Student attendance required.

Flute – UC 230 – Mr. Charles Lewis

Double Reeds – FA 224 – Dr. Doug Owens

Saxophones – FA 246 - Dr. Doug Owens

Clarinet – UC 206 – Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander

Trumpets – FA 136 Band Room – Dr. Kurt Gorman 

Horns – FA 243 – Dr. Jessie Thoman

Trombone – FA 122 Recital Hall – Dr. Joseph Frye Tuba/Euphonium – FA 142 – Dr. Steven Darling

Percussion – FA 118 – Dr. Brady Spitz

9:00-9:50 am Directors’ Session: Dr. Milt Allen, “Making Music in an Age of Anxiety: We Need “Us” Now More Than Ever,” UC 111

10:10 - 11:45 am Senior High Bands Rehearse (Concert Band in UC Ballroom)

11:45 pm Lunch on or off campus

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

1:00 pm Junior Honor Band Concert, Concert Band reports to

Band Rehearsal Hall, FA 136

1:45 pm Concert Band Concert, Symphonic Band reports to Band Rehearsal Hall, FA 136

2:30 pm Symphonic Band Concert, Wind Ensemble reports to Band Rehearsal Hall, FA 136

3:15 pm Solo Competition Winner Performance

3:30 pm 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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Middle School Band – Grades 7-8

 

The Middle School Honor Band will consist of students in 7th and 8th grade only. There will be no 9th graders in the Middle School 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.

 

 

 

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Susan Graham Waters, Middle School Band

A native of Nashville, Tennessee Susan Waters is in her 35th year of Instrumental Music Education and is currently the Director of Bands at Oliver Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and Western Kentucky University and her professional affiliations include: Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, American School Band Directors Association, Delta Omicron, NAfME, and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association where she currently serves as Executive Secretary. 

 

The Oliver Middle School Band Program is in its 17th year of existence. The program has grown from a population of 1 ensemble with only 7 band students on opening day in August of 2004 to its current membership of almost 400 students which represents over 40% of the overall school population. Ms. Waters was named the first Oliver Middle School “Teacher of the Year” and received a $1000 grant to enhance her rapidly growing program. The Oliver Band Program has received nothing less than superior ratings at every regional, state and national concert festivals in which they have performed. They are a sixteen-time recipient of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Sweepstakes Award, and have performed twice at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as part of the CMA All-Stars concert. The Oliver Band program has been selected 3 times to present a concert at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference. In 2010 the band performed at the Tennessee Bandmasters Hall of Fame concert, which was the first time a middle school band was given the honor of performing for that prestigious event. In February of 2012 and 2018 the Wind Ensemble performed for the CBDNA/NBA Conference. The Oliver Middle School Band has received national recognition hosting several composers and top educators in professional development, clinic and concert settings.  In 2019 the Oliver Middle School Band program was named as a national winner of the Programs of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award by the National Band Association. The national publication “School Band and Orchestra” published their 10th Anniversary edition in July 2008 with an article entitled “Making Band the Thing to Do” profiling Ms. Waters, her successful teaching practices, and the keys to her highly successful Oliver Band Program.

 

Ms. Waters has twice presented at the International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Conference. She has also developed professional development clinics on a variety of topics including: Beginning Band recruiting, Making the Transition to High School Band and Concert Etiquette in the Curriculum. Ms. Waters is frequently sought after as a professional development clinician and guest conductor across the United States and has been awarded the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence four times. In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Bands at Oliver, she serves as content lead for the district and a “side by side” coach for young and emerging band directors.  Ms. Waters has also been recognized by the Country Music Association as a Teacher of Excellence four times.

 

Kimberly Meader, High School Concert Band

Kimberly Meader is in her 22nd year of teaching music in Wisconsin and currently serves as an instrumental and vocal music educator in the Kaukauna School District. She is triple certified in Band, Orchestra, and Choir and has experience teaching all areas at all levels. Students in her programs have earned numerous division one awards at district and state solo and ensemble festivals and have been accepted into the Wisconsin State Honors Ensembles. Her ensembles have routinely received superior awards at Concert Festival.

 

Active in the Wisconsin State Honors Project, Ms. Meader has served in a variety of roles and most recently completed her term as the Flute/Oboe coach for the State Honors Band for three years. An accomplished pianist and flutist, she is in demand as a collaborative pianist in northeastern Wisconsin for solo and ensemble and pit orchestras. She is an active member of Wisconsin Music Educators Association, Nafme, ACDA and Wisconsin Choral Directors Association.

 

In addition to her ensemble duties at Kaukauna, Ms. Meader also teaches Dual Enrollment Music Theory in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she is an Adjunct Professor. She also maintains a successful private studio of flute and piano students.

 

Ms. Meader attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she earned a triple certification in Music Education studying flute, piano, and voice.. She earned a Master of Music in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She and her family live in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Dr. Milt Allen, High School Symphonic Band

Dr. Milt Allen has worked with hundreds of schools, community groups and organizations, reaching thousands of students, directors and community members during his career. He is often credited as being one of the most creative, innovative, inspiring and non-traditional music educators today. Conductor, clinician, speaker, author and tireless advocate on behalf of music education, his passion for reaching more musicians at a grass-roots level includes extensive experiences in both public schools and universities in addition to founding a non-profit: The Music Guerrilla, which works with underfunded/underserviced programs in Rwanda, Zambia, Haiti and Compton, CA.

 

Milt brings a rare perspective to his role. His cross-genre music interests effectively combine with previous teaching positions in rural/suburban, large/small and public/parochial environments to create a truly unique ability to connect to those he serves. His experiences range from teaching beginning instrumentalists in a boiler room to premiering new works at the university level, to working with young African musicians learning to play an instrument. Yet always, from Glasgow, Scotland to Zambia, Africa, and at regional, state, national and international conferences, Milt’s humor, passion and experience combine to illuminate the possibilities of both music and the live art of performance.

 

Milt’s articles and insights have appeared in music, parenting and educational magazines as well as various newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. He is also the author of Music, Artistry, and Education: A Journey Towards Musical Growth and Enlightenment, published by Meredith Music Publications/Hal Leonard. Currently, he is recreating and updating his popular “Milt’s Music Minute” information series for parents, students, and directors.

 

Ensembles under Doc’s direction have received numerous awards at local, state and national levels including recognition by the United States Congress for Musical Excellence. He is a two-time high school Teacher of the Year, a Kansas Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, and is listed in various Who’s Who publications. Other honors and distinctions include 5 awards from the Ohio State University School of Music recognizing his teaching and service and selection as a Conducting Fellow for the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 40th Anniversary. In 2008, Dr. Allen became the first civilian in the history of the United States Air Force to tour as a featured conductor (USAF Heritage of America Band) and received an Eastern Illinois University Achievement and Contribution Award. Most recently, he served as the conductor training program guest clinician for the United States Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA.

 

Dr. Allen is an educational artist for Jupiter Instruments while also serving as a clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation and Meredith Music Publications.

 

Dr. John Oelrich, High School Wind Ensemble

Dr. John Oelrich joined the faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) Department of Music in 2012 as Director of Bands. His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, teaching instrumental conducting, instrumental methods, supervising student teachers, and the oversight and continued development of the university bands. In addition to his teaching duties, John is highly active in the area of recruiting and outreach, visiting and working with approximately twenty schools each year.

 

Under John’s direction, the UT Martin Wind Ensemble was invited to perform a feature concert for the Tennessee Music Education Association’s 2015 State Conference. The Wind Ensemble has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for wind band, including pieces by composers Brian Balmages, Gary Nash, Michael Gilbertson, Viet Cuong, Steven Danyew, Adam Gorb, Derek Jenkins, Kenyon Wilson, and Stephen Barr. 

 

John’s 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 and High School Honor Bands, Kentucky All-District #3 High School Symphonic Band, All-East 11-12 Red Band, Tennessee Mid-State 9-10 Gold Band, Tennessee All-West Middle School Blue Band, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band, and the Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Band. Active as a trumpeter, John regularly performs with local churches, substitutes with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and teaches a small studio of high school students. 

 

In the summer of 2018, John led a travel study to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic to research and perform Classical period chamber wind works, including performances at Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria and Emauzy Monastery, in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

In addition to his work on campus, John is also highly engaged in community service.  In the summer of 2013, he founded the Martin Community Band, the first standing community band in the city since 1915. The ensemble performs 4-5 concerts each summer season and regularly involves more than 100 musicians. In addition, he founded, and leads the jazz band for, the After-School Arts Program, an arts-centered after school program for the county’s middle school students. 

 

Prior to his appointment at UT-Martin, John 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 Iowa and Wisconsin. 

 

After growing up on a dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin, John earned his Bachelor of Science 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, John enjoys spending time with his family, reading, hiking, motorcycling, and amateur astronomy. He and his family reside in Martin, TN.

 

 

UTM Fight Song Traditional

UTM Basketball Pep Band

John Oelrich, director

Retratos Vinicio Meza

  1.  Blues – Meza

Dr. Steven Darling, tuba, Dr. Brady Spitz, percussion, Micah Barnes, guitar

Strasbourg/St. Denis Roy Hargrove

Small Jazz Group

Kurt Gorman, director

Aglaia Evan Paul

IV. Aglaia Travels with Hermes

V. Aglaia Meets Hephaestus

Interlude II. Aglaia Returns to the Oracle

VI. Aglaia and Her Daughters

LCD Trio

Dr. Liz Aleksander, clarinet, Charles Lewis, flute, Dr. Doug Owens, saxophone

If I Can’t Love Her Alan Menkin

Dr. Roberto Mancusi, bass, Dr. Elaine Harriss, piano

Watchers of the Night Brian Sadler

Dr. Joseph Frye, trombone, Dr. Steve Darling, tuba

Murasaki Andy Akiho

Robert Skoglund, steel pan, Paul Zacarias, marimba,

Allison Zelenski, cello, David Fieser, bass, Alex Sadler, drum set

Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings Johann de Meij

IV. Journey in the Dark

I. Gandalf

UTM Wind Ensmeble

John Oelrich, conductor

Creating Stronger Mental Models to Improve Percussion Performance

Dr. Brady Spitz, FA 246

Solo and Chamber Music for Middle and High School Woodwinds

Dr. Doug Owens, FA 246

Putting the Tone in Clarinet InTONation

Dr. Liz Aleksander, FA 246

Low Brass Tone, Articulation, and Exercises

Dr. Steve Darling, FA 246

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 2022. 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 and send the web link to Dr. Oelrich (joelrich@utm.edu) for screening purposes. Deadline for video submission is Friday, January 14, 2022. 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 Tuesday, January 17, 2022.
  4. Students invited to audition on campus will be required to supply a piano accompaniment (if applicable) to Dr. Oelrich by Friday, January 21, 2022.
  5. Auditions will take place Friday of the Honor Band 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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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 Fine Arts or 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.

Buses, Construction, and Parking

There is bit of construction on the southeast end of campus this year at the new Lattimer STEM Building. This should not impact us during the event unless you plan to park on the opposite side of campus. If you will be arriving with a bus, please drop your students off by the entrance of the parking lot or, preferably, by the sidewalk across from the Elam Center (right next to the blocked parking lot entrance) on the northwest side of the FA parking lot. It would be best to approach the building from the south, facilitating dropoff without having to cross the street. See the campus map included.

Registration

Will be in the Main Lobby of Fine Arts. Please check in your students, get your packet, pick up the bell covers you need for your students, and proceed to the warmup room.

Bell Covers

All wind musicians (except flutes) are expected to use these while playing – from warming up to audition through the final concert. We need to do everything we can within our ability to ensure safety for all our participants and guests. Thank you for your help with this. These will be collected, along with folders, following each Honor Band concert on Saturday for future use (here’s hoping we don’t need them next year!).

Masks

With the amount of people coming from 70+ schools, it is not a stretch to imagine that there is potential for exposure to Covid-19. Though we cannot require anyone to wear a mask, we strongly recommend always wearing a mask to minimize the risk to all participants. We want you to enjoy your experience at Honor Band but the safety of our guest students, directors, conductors, and parents is our first concern.

 

Musicians’ masks will be available to all wind players who wish to use them and will be distributed by request by the band chairmen in the first rehearsal.

Warm Up Rooms

The Warm-up Room for ALL students (HS and MS) will be the Band Room – FA133. We are using Blankenship and the Harriet Fulton Theatre for audition rooms this year. Your school's packet will contain name badges for yourself and all participating students, maps, festival schedules, a list of area restaurants. Student name badges are to be worn at all times during Festival events. This is a lot of people in one space and it is important to audition as soon as possible after arriving.

Auditions

Auditions for both High School and Middle School students will take place in the Fine Arts Building. After arriving, your students should warm up and then proceed to auditions as soon as possible to avoid a bottleneck later in the afternoon – we appreciate your help with this. A detailed list of room assignments will be in your packet. Results will be emailed to directors and be posted in several places throughout the building.

Additionally, be sure that high school students auditioning for the Wind Ensemble prepare the material for both the Wind Ensemble AND their default ensemble Concert Band for grades 9-10, Symphonic Band for grades 11-12).

Concert Attendance

Given concerns from the pandemic, the UTM Administration has placed a limit on seating capacity in our large spaces (HFT, Blankenship, & Band Room at 95 persons). We will be limiting the number of people in each space for the UTM Showcase Concert and for the Honor Band Final Concerts. Once HFT reaches 95, seating will be available in Blankenship to view a simulcast of the performance, and then a livestream in the Band Room if that fills.

Wi-Fi

Free guest Wi-Fi service will be available. Choose the “UTM Guest” network. You will be asked to enter your email address for registration, accept the terms and you will be connected. This network will not be able to stream content.

Fees – Receipts

Receipts for fees mailed in will be in your school’s packet. See Tammy Owensby in FA 108 for other receipt needs.

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 and University Center. 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.

Director's Sessions and Rehearsal Observations

We strongly encourage all directors to participate in the Director’s Sessions. Additionally, all rehearsals for all of the festival bands are open. We encourage any directors, parents, etc. to spend some time observing the students and guest conductors.

Director's Reception

Due to low attendance during the past few years, there will not be a director’s reception following the Showcase concert.

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 am on Friday and Saturday. Thank you to Amro Music for sponsoring the Hospitality Room again this year.

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. These auditions may serve as entrance auditions for music majors/minors and scholarship auditions for majors, minors and non-major participants only.

Instrument Storage & 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 adjudicator’s choice.

Concert Dress

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

 

Early – Up to 1 hour away

  • Registration and auditions completed by no later than 3pm

Middle – 1 – 2 hours away

  • Registration and auditions beginning at 2pm and completed by 4:30pm

Late – more than 2 hours away

  • Registration between 3:30pm and 4:30 pm, with auditions completed by 6:00pm

We have been given approval to host our event again this year but will be using the following protocols for the event:

  • Masks are encouraged but not required for all participants (musicians, directors, chaperones, parents, guest conductors, etc.) when inside any UTM buildings
  • Playing masks will be provided for all wind players who would like them, but musicians are not required to wear them
  • Bell covers w/ MERV 13 fabric will be provided and used for all wind instruments.
  • Rehearsal breaks will be taken (as normally scheduled) and the rooms will be cleared to allow for the mitigation of aerosols
  • Extra air purification devices will be in each rehearsal and performance space.
  • Concert attendance will be limited to 95 audience members in the Fulton Theatre with an overflow of 95 in the Blankenship Recital Hall (watching a live feed)

By completing this application, you are agreeing to abide by the above protocols.