School of Music

Honor Band: Middle & High School

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Dates and Overview

February 17–19, 2022

The Wright State University Honor Band Festival is an event hosted at Wright State University that includes two high school honor bands, a middle school honor band, and a day of professional development for band directors. Participating students will work with two conductors, play in side-by-side rehearsals with Wright State music faculty and music majors, attend masterclasses given by Wright State faculty, and perform a concert on the Saturday of the festival.  

The professional development day will include six hours of workshops and clinics given by the honor band conductors and Wright State faculty. It will also include an open clinic/rehearsal with the WSU Wind Symphony under the direction of Shelley Jagow, and a luncheon with the Wright State winds and percussion faculty.

The weekend also includes an opportunity for participating high school seniors to audition for acceptance into the Wright State School of Music. In addition, a music scholarship will be awarded to one auditioning senior at the Saturday concert.

Letter to Directors


Deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Guest Conductors

Shelley M. Jagow, Ph.D.

Shelley Jagow, Ph.D., is professor of music at Wright State University and director of both the Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band. She is a Vandoren Regional Artist, as well as a music education clinician for Conn-Selmer, Meredith Music, and GIA Publications.

Gretchen McNamara

Applied Trombone
Gretchen McNamara, Ph.D., is the trombone instructor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, a position she has held since 2007. In addition to her responsibilities with the trombone studio, she also teaches instrumental music education and supervises field placements.

Richard Saucedo

Richard L. Saucedo retired in 2013 as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chairman at the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. During his 31-year tenure, Carmel bands received numerous state, regional and national honors having performed at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Saucedo was named "Bandmaster of the Year" for 1998-99 and "Outstanding Music Educator" in the state of Indiana for 2010. He was inducted into the Music for All "Hall of Fame" in 2015. Mr. Saucedo is a freelance arranger and composer, having released numerous marching band arrangements, choral arrangements, concert band works and orchestral compositions. He is currently on the writing staff at Hal Leonard Publishing.

Kyle Young

Kyle Young is Associate Director of Bands at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. His responsibilities include co-conducting seven concert bands, one of six jazz ensembles, athletic bands, and marching band. Prior to arriving in Carmel, Kyle served as a band director in the Mason City School District in Mason, Ohio. Kyle received his bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wright State University and his master's degree from VanderCook College of Music. Kyle was named the 2013 Alumni of the Year for the Wright State University School of Music.

Matthew Warner, D.M.A.

Matthew Warner enjoys a multi-faceted career as a music educator, performer, conductor, and composer/arranger based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He serves as Band and Orchestra Director at Rapid Run Middle School, Woodwind Instructor for the Oak Hills High School marching band program, and directs the extracurricular Rapid Run Jazz Ensemble. He previously served as Middle School Band Director at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Asst. Professor of Music at Evangel University (Springfield, MO), and as adjunct faculty at Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) and Wright State University. Matthew earned his B.M. in Music Education and M.H. in Music from Wright State University, and the D.M.A. in Music Education from Boston University (Boston, MA).

Fran Kick

Fran Kick is an author, educational consultant, and professional speaker who knows What Makes Kids KICK! He is the creator and presenter of KICK IT IN®, a series of self-motivational personal leadership presentations and materials. Since 1998, Fran has served as the leadership coordinator with the Music for All Summer Symposium. Fran speaks at many state, regional, and national conferences. He has his B.A. in Music Education from Wright State University and a M.A. in Educational Psychology from Antioch University.

Registration for Honor Band

Please pay the registration fee only if you have been notified that you are accepted for the Honor Band.

All participants must complete the waiver form (DOC). Download and complete this form and bring it with you to the festival.

Honor Band Festival Music

The below links will be made available in February.

  1. Find your part assignment
  2. Then download your music


Directions, Parking and Accessibility

If you need a parking pass, please email Bill Jobert at

Hotel Accommodations

Any hotel reservations are to be made by the director or student’s guardians. You may request university discount rates at the Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn or Tru Hotel by Hilton. Access rates here: 

Festival Schedule (Tentative)

High School Honor Bands

Thursday, February 17  
3–3:45 p.m. Check-in, Creative Arts Center lobby
4–5:15 p.m. Side-by-side rehearsal with Wright State faculty
5:30–6:30 p.m. Pizza dinner (provided)
6:30–8 p.m. Rehearsal
Friday, February 18  
8 a.m–Noon Rehearsals
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch at the Hangar (students bring own $)
1–6 p.m. Rehearsals, clinics, and performances
Saturday, February 19 Honors Wind Symphony:
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Rehearsal
2 p.m. Performance, Schuster Hall
  Honors Symphonic Band:
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.


1 p.m. Performance, Schuster Hall

Middle School Honor Band

Friday, February 18  
8–8:45 a.m. Check-in, Creative Arts Center lobby
9 a.m.–Noon Side-by-side rehearsal with Wright State musicians
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch at the Hangar (students bring own $)
1–4 p.m. Rehearsals, clinics, and performances
Saturday, February 19  
9–11:00 a.m. Rehearsals
11:00 a.m. Pizza Lunch (provided)/change clothes
Noon Performance, Schuster Hall

Professional Development Workshop

Friday, February 18  
8–9 a.m. Coffee and breakfast, Sky Lounge, Creative Arts Center lobby
9–Noon Clinics
Noon–1 p.m. Lunch with Wright State faculty, Stein Galleries
1–3 p.m. Clinics
3–4 p.m. Clinic: Shelley Jagow with the Wright State Wind Symphony

Concert Programs

2019 programs:

Honor Band Scholarship Winners


Kylie Bayless
Wimington, OH

Honor Band Conductors Archive


Dr. Clifford N. Towner
Georgia College, GA

John Seaton
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, NV

Ben Streitenberger
Washington Court House Middle School, OH



Richard Saucedeo
Carmel High School, IN (emeritus)

Kyle Young
Carmel High School, IN

Dr. Matthew Warner
Rapid Run Middle School – Cincinnati, OH




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