UM High School All-Star Band and Orchestra

November 9-11, 2018

A selective experience for high school band and orchestra students from across the Northwest US and Canada.

"This was the most amazing experience! Everyone was just as passionate about band as I am!!"  

-Former All-Star participant


"This was an incredible opportunity for my students to experience music at a high level and play alongside excellent musicians from schools throughout the Northwest.” 


"Wonderful event.  Great venue on walkable, clean campus.  I would definitely like to have my daughter return next year.” 


Wind Ensemble Conductors and Guest Artist


Johan de Meij

composer and conductor


James Smart



Rob Tapper

trombone soloist

Orchestra Conductor and Guest Artist


Luis Millán



Adam Collins

cello soloist

Nominate Students Online


  • Directors Nominations - Wind Ensemble
  • Student Self Nomination - Wind Ensemble
  • Directors Nominations - String Orchestra
  • Student Self Nomination - String Orchestra


Repertoire with Reference Recordings

Silver Wind Ensemble - James Smart, conductor

Hobbits Hymn and DanceJohan de Meij/arr. Lavender

Duet from Don CarloGiuseppe Verdi/arr. de Meij

"Waltz No. 2" from Jazz Suite No. 2 - Dmitri Shostakovich/arr. de Meij

A Longford Legend - Robert Sheldon

Amparito RocaJaime Texidor/arr. Winter

Maroon Wind Ensemble - Johan de Meij, conductor 

"Gandalf" from Lord of the Rings Symphony - Johan de Meij

Duet from Pearl FishersGeorges Bizet/arr. de Meij

Downtown DivertimentoJohan de Meij

Dance of the AmazonAnatol Liadov/arr. de Meij

String Orchestra - Luis Millán, conductor coming soon

Downloading and Practicing
The music can be challenging and the rehearsal time is limited. It is important for those who are selected and then assigned to an ensemble (October 1) to download, print and prepare the correct concert music parts.  Open the excel file for part assignments.  
  • Band Music - DOWNLOAD 
  • String Orchestra Music - emailed
Band music inquiries:
Orchestra music inquiries:


Event Schedule

Starting and Ending Times
Friday, Nov. 9 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Check-in opens (UM School of Music Lobby)
Sunday, Nov. 11 - 12:00 pm: All-Star Concert - Dennison Theatre, finished by 2:30 pm MST
  • Sunday concert is $5 and tickets are available at the door. 


Registration (Once participants have been selected)

**Payment and Lodging options chosen 2018**

Option 1 – Registration, Meals and Two Nights Lodging - $175 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.
  • Includes a recording of the concert. 

Option 2 – Registration and Meals ONLY - $100 per participant

  • Organize and pay for your own hotel room assignments OR no hotel room.
  • Includes lunches & dinners at UM Food Zoo.
  • Includes a recording of the concert. 

Lodging and Meals:

2018 Rooming List


Participants have the option to be placed by us in hotel rooms with other participants of the same gender (option 1 - $175) or organize and pay for their own lodging (option 2 - $100).  This service is offered to lower your cost by making sure that 2-4 participants are in each room. Hotels are chosen by UM to ensure a safe, clean, and economical experience.  Directors and parents are welcome to make independent reservations for themselves in the block at the same hotel by placing their own credit card on file.  

All lodging inquiries are directed to Dr. Luis Millán,

Comfort Inn

1021 E. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802


Holiday Inn

200 South Pattee

Missoula, MT 59802



Parents/Directors book in the block HERE.



The hotel provides breakfast.  Lunches and dinners at the award winning UM Food Zoo cafeteria are provided for all participants regardless of their lodging choice.  Directors and parents are welcome to pay cash at the door.    


Print, fill out, and 1) scan and email to Jessica Partain OR 2) bring to registration.
UM All-Star Ensemble 2018 forms - DOWNLOAD

Supervision, Communication & Transportation

  • UM will have two designated adults (high school band directors) at the hotel for emergencies and to check at curfew all participant rooms assigned by UM.  They will not check other rooms reserved independently. 
  • When on campus, (8:30 am until 9:30 pm) students are kept to a tight schedule.  50+ UM music students and faculty are leading participants in rehearsals, classes, travel to and from the stadium (in years with a game), and travel to and from the cafeteria throughout the weekend.  Many directors and parents also choose to help supervise.


  • Student and parent phone numbers are used to facilitate fast and easy communication.
  • For current group information we also use the app REMIND.  You do not need the app to join.
    • Text to: 81010  Text message: @umstar


  • At the end of Friday night's activities all participants, parents and directors gather in the Dennison Theatre.  Every year, the few participants who do not have a ride to and from the hotel are assigned to open seats in the vehicles of band directors for the remainder of the weekend.


Friday, Nov. 9 – Parking with permit in designated lot ONLY.


Saturday, Nov. 10 ALL parking is open and free  

Sunday, Nov. 11 - ALL parking is open and free.

University of Montana Scholarship Auditions

  • UM School of Music scholarship auditions are available to seniors during the event.
  • 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 or email Teresa Gray at 406-243-6880 for scheduling.

What to Wear and Bring

  • Rehearsals – casual
  • Saturday Pre-Game (bands only) - WARM, maroon, gray, black or white on top and pants on the bottom.  NO GAME IN 2018
  • Sunday Concert – Same concert dress as your home high school or concert black.
  • Mutes as called for in the music.  Reeds, oils, greases, etc.
  • A great attitude and a willingness to meet others.