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Wright State University Honor Band Festival

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Dates & Overview

February 20-22, 2020
Creative Arts Center
Wright State University

The Wright State University Honor Band Festival is a new event at Wright State University in 2020. It will include a high school honor band, and 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 four honor band conductors and Wright State faculty. It will also include an open clinic/rehearsal with the Wright State Wind Symphony and Shelley Jagow, Ph.D., and a luncheon with the Wright State winds and percussion faculty.

The weekend will also include an opportunity for participating high school seniors to audition for acceptance into the Wright State School of Music and an Honor Band Scholarship to Wright State will be awarded to one auditioning senior.

Professional Development

Friday, February 21: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Honor Band Schedule

Middle School

Friday, February 21: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday, February 22: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (Concert at 12:30 p.m.)

High School

Thursday, February 20:  3–9 p.m.

Friday, February 21:  8 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday, February 22: 8:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. (Concert at 2 p.m.)

Nomination Forms

Festival Schedule

To be announced.

Guest Conductors

Shelley M. Jagow, Ph.D.

Shelley M. Jagow (Ph.D.) is professor of music (saxophone) at Wright State University and director of the Symphonic Band and Saxophone Quartet. She is a Vandoren Regional Artist as well as a music education clinician for Conn-Selmer, Hal Leonard, and Meredith Music.

Gretchen McNamara

Applied Trombone
Dr. Gretchen McNamara 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.

Ben Streitenberger

Ben Streitenberger is currently enjoying his twelfth year as Director of Bands at Washington Middle School in Washington Court House, Ohio. An alumnus of WCH, Ben has the distinct honor of teaching alongside his high school band director, Mr. Matt Stanley. Ben graduated from Wright State University in 2008. While there he was principal tubist with the Wind Symphony & Chamber Players, served on the Wind Symphony Leadership Council, toured Japan on a performance trip, sang in the WSU Men's Chorale, and was the 2008 Beethoven Award recipient. Ben is very active on the State Board leadership of the Ohio Music Education Association, where he has served as District President and is currently the District Treasurer. Ben is married to his high school sweetheart, Alison, and they have two lovely daughters, Claire & Cate.


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