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UM High School All-Star Ensemble

Nominate Students Online: 2013 NOMINATIONS CLOSED
Deadline:  October 1, 2013
Performance Date:  Sunday, November 17, 2013, 2:00pm, Dennison Theatre

Thank you Directors and Students for all your nominations; at this time we are full and no longer accepting nominations.
Director Nomination Form (Directors nominate your students HERE)
Student Self-Nomination Form (Students who have received an individual emailing/mailing, self-nominate HERE)
•     TWO 75-piece High School All-Star Wind Ensembles (Maroon and Silver)
•     By Nomination. NO TAPES!
•     Master Class with Rex Richardson
•     Master Classes with UM Faculty
•     Seniors can Audition for Scholarships
•     Perform in Dennison Theatre with Rex Richardson
•     Participants Earn Scholarships to 2014 UM Music Camp
•     Perform pre-game with Rex Richardson and Griz Marching Band for 27k people

Registration and Lodging

Option 1 – Registration and Lodging - $140 per participant
  • Assigned rooms by UM event organizers with same-gender participants.
  • Lodging paid for by registration cost.
  • Includes continental breakfasts at hotel, lunches & dinners at UM Food Zoo.
  • UM All-Star High School Wind Ensemble T-shirt.
Option 2 – Registration ONLY - $80 per participant
  • Organize and pay for your own hotel room assignments OR no hotel room.
  • Includes lunches & dinners at UM Food Zoo.
  • UM All-Star High School Wind Ensemble T-shirt.
Directors, Parents and Chaperones
  • Directors, chaperones, and parents can reserve & pay for their own hotel rooms in the block.  Please reserve rooms in the same hotel as your students.  If you are interested in splitting a room with another director, parent or chaperone and need help contacting potential roommate, email
  • If directors and/or chaperones want to eat lunches and dinners at the UM Food Zoo they can pay the cash price per meal at the door or prepay the group price of $30 for both lunches and dinners.  Prepayment is due by November 1.  Call Rayleen Hicks at 406-243-6881 to add names.  Added fees will show in your invoice.
Campus Inn Missoula
744 East Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Valu Inn Missoula
3001 Brooks St.
Missoula, MT 59801
  • Invoices will be emailed to each director to submit payment through the school OR to inform the parents how they are to pay. 
  • Make payable to UM School of Music
  • Memo line - All-Star Band
  • Send to:          
UM School of Music
c/o Rayleen Hicks
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
Credit Card
  • Visa, Mastercard, Discover accepted
  • Call Rayleen Hicks @ 406-243-6881 with card information.
Permits – Permits are required on Friday until 5:00 pm.  A Saturday permit is also necessary to park in two lots (K1 and S) that are reserved specifically for the UM All-Star Wind Ensemble event.  Directors will be sent permits prior to the event.  More can be purchased at registration if necessary.  Campus maps will be mailed. 
1:00 pm Registration opens
3:00 pm All-Star Wind Ensembles Rehearsal
5:00 pm Walk through rehearsal in Grizzly Stadium with Griz MB.
6:00 pm Dinner at the Food Zoo
7:30 pm Concert in Dennison Theater with Jazz I & Rex Richardson
8:45 pm Return to hotels or commuter pick-up.
8:30 am Drop off at School of Music
9:00 am All-Star Wind Ensembles Rehearsal (& scholarship auditions)
11:00 am Move to Grizzly Stadium for pre-game performance
12:00 pm Pre-Game performance with GMB and Rex Richardson
12:30 pm Lunch at the Food Zoo
1:30 pm All-Star Wind Ensembles Rehearsal (& scholarship auditions)
2:30 pm Meet the Artist with Rex Richardson
3:15 pm Master class with UM Faculty and Rex Richardson
4:00 pm All-Star Wind Ensembles Rehearsal (& scholarship auditions)
5:30 pm Dinner at the Food Zoo
7:00 pm All-Star Wind Ensembles Rehearsal
9:00 pm Return to hotels or commuter pick-up.
9:00 am Drop off at School of Music

9:30 am All-Star Wind Ensembles Dress Rehearsal

12:00 am Lunch at Food Zoo

12:30 pm UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble Dress Rehearsal
1:00 pm All-Star Wind Ensembles change into dress for concert.
2:00 pm All-Star Concert – Dennison Theater
            UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble – Dr. James Smart, conductor
            All-Star Silver Wind Ensemble – Dr. Danh Pham, conductor
            All-Star Maroon Wind Ensemble –  Dr. James Smart, conductor
Scholarship Auditions
  • UM School of Music scholarship auditions are available to seniors during all of Saturday’s rehearsals. 
  • Music scholarships cover from 10%-80% of tuition, can be bundled with most academic/leadership scholarships, and can be awarded to both in-state and out-of-state students. 
  • Auditions are ten minutes in length. 
  • Scholarship audition requirements are listed on the School of Music website at under “admissions”. 
  • Call Teresa Gray at 406-243-6880 for scheduling.
Attire & What to bring
  • Rehearsals – casual
  • Football Game – warm and in maroon, black, or gray if possible. Only playing for pregame and not staying for the game.
  • Sunday Concert – Same concert dress as your home high school or concert black.
  • Music lyre( Brass and woodwinds but not oboes and bassoons) hold “America” and “Star Spangled Banner” at the game.
Football Game
  • Both the Maroon and Silver Wind Ensembles will be playing “America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” in the pre-game portion of the Grizzly Marching Band show.  Once finished with pre-game, the All-Star participants will leave the field and have lunch at the Food Zoo. 
  • Oboes and bassoons will not need their instruments for this.
  • We are investigating whether or not directors and parents/chaperones can enter the field level with the band members.

Guest Artist
Renowned international trumpeter Rex Richardson is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a veteran of the acclaimed chamber group Rhythm & Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and jazz legend Joe Henderson’s Quintet and Sextet. He teaches trumpet, jazz improvisation and chamber music at Virginia Commonwealth University and hold the title of International Tutor in Trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in England. He tours throughout the year as a clinician, recitalist, and soloist with orchestras, wind ensembles, big bands, and brass bands.

Danh Pham

Danh Pham is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Washington State University. He conducts the Wind Ensemble and serves as the Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education within the University's School of Music and liason to the College of Education.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, he received his degrees from DePauw University, Indiana University, and the University of Oklahoma, where he studied conducting with Ray Cramer, Stephen Pratt, and William Wakefield. Prior to his appointment at Washington State University, Pham held similar posts at McMurry University, Western Oregon University, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, and the Beaverton (OR) School District.

Pham has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician for several honor bands throughout Texas, Midwest, and Northwest regions. His ensembles have appeared at the Oregon Music Education Association State Conference (twice), the MENC Biennial Northwest Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Southwest Convention, the Northwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, and the Texas University Interscholastic League State (UIL) Marching Contest. He will be a guest presenter at the Washington Music Educators Association State Conference in Yakima, WA this February. He currently serves on the Collegiate Advisory Board for the Western International Band Clinic where he will be a guest conductor for its first Intercollegiate Band in November.

Pham has been part of several commissioning projects, including those of composer Kevin Walczyk. He serves as Special Projects Coordinator for Keveli Music and is a contributing Research Associate for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series released by GIA Publications.

Conductor James Smart has a broad repertoire in wind, orchestral, and opera works and is particularly interested in promoting new music. Mr. Smart is the Director of Bands and Trumpet at the University of Montana where he conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches applied trumpet, undergraduate and graduate conducting, instrumental literature, and music education courses.  Under his direction, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the joint 2010 Western/Northwestern Region College Band Directors National Association Conference in Reno, NV and the 2013 NAfME All-Northwest Conference in Portland, OR.  Dr. Smart is also the founder, producer, and co-conductor of the annual Fusion Concert where over 25 acts showcase the diversity of the UM School of Music in one seamless stream of music.
In September of 2007, Mr. Smart was invited to attend the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Schwaz, Austria and study under the tutelage of conductors, Michael Gielen and Franck Ollu, as well as the musicians of Ensemble Modern. The experience resulted in two public performances with IEMA members from 30 conservatories across the globe at the Klangspuren New Music Festival in Schwaz and Innsbruck, Austria.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Arizona State University.  During his time at ASU he served as acting associate director of bands, acting director of the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, co-music director of the ASU Lyric Opera Theater for the Western U.S. premier run of Joseph Turrin’s Scarecrow, and guest conductor on several occasions with the ASU Sinfonietta Orchestra. Mr. Smart’s conducting teachers include Gary Hill, William Reber, H. Robert Reynolds, Timothy Russell, Kevin Sedatole, and James Tapia. He has continued his conducting studies in workshops with Michael Christie, Michael Gielen, William Larue Jones, Kenneth Kiesler, Craig Kirchhoff, Allan McMurray, and Franck Ollu.
As a trumpet player, Dr. Smart studied with Charles Daval (former principal, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal), Ramon Parcells (former principal, Detroit Symphony), and Kevin Good (Detroit Symphony).  He has also studied in lessons and master classes with Charlie Butler (former principal, Seattle Symphony), Allan Dean (Yale University), Charlie Schlueter (former principal, Boston Symphony), and David Turnbull (Washington State University).  In addition to performing in collegiate bands and orchestras at the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, Dr. Smart has performed with the Missoula Symphony, North Idaho Symphony, Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, and several collaborative and chamber performances at the University of Montana and Southern Utah University. 
Dr. Smart has performed/presented in Austria, Arizona, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Washington, and Utah.  He has also presented at several state MENC affiliate conventions as well as the 2011 CBDNA National Convention in Seattle.  Other conducting experiences include the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Schwaz, Austria), Conductors Retreat at Medomak (Washington, ME), the International Workshop for Orchestral Conducting (Graz, Austria), and the Band Conductors Art Symposium (Ann Arbor, MI).  Dr. Smart taught public school in Lapeer, MI, where his ensembles consistently received superior ratings at both district and state band festivals.