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Concert Band Festival

University of Montana
32nd Annual Concert Band Festival
February 24-25, 2014

  • Stimulating and enriching in an educational atmosphere.
  • Get feedback from some of the profession's top educators.
  • Over 100 bands from 50 schools from 4 states hosted since 2000.
  • Over 90% of the schools come back the next year!
  • 30-minute performance block in the 1,100 seat Dennison Theatre.  UM Faculty clinicians will provide written comments.
  • 30-minute clinic block with guest clinicians after your performance.
  • 60-minute clinic from guest artist presented at 12:00 p.m. Monday & Tuesday.
  • 45-minute performance by UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble featuring the guest artist in the Dennison Theatre at 1:00 p.m. Monday & Tuesday.
  • First come, first served basis up to 24 bands.
  • Applications and  payments must be received by February 10, 2014
  • Verification of acceptance and more information will be forthcoming.
  • Festival Application.

Guest Artist: Clinics and Performances for Participants!
Rachel Childers, French horn
Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • First female brass member in the history of the BSO.
  • BM, MM – Univ. of Michigan
  • Performed with Colorado, San Diego, Long Beach, Fresno, Marin, and Lansing Symphonies.Teaching Artist in LA schools in LA Phil outreach.

Guest Clinicians: Individual Sessions with your Band!
Professor Patrick Winters
Eastern Washington University
  • Teaches music education, conducting, and band.
  • 2000 WMEA Outstanding Educator Award.
  • Led award winning HS bands in VA and CA.
  • Conductor/clinician in 16 states and 5 countries.
  • BME Elon University, MME California State University
Mr. Russ Newbury – Performing Arts Facilitator
Pasco Public Schools, Pasco, WA
  • Former band director at Bozeman and Pasco high schools.
  • Active composer and arranger.
  • Worked with Blue Knights, Cascades, Columbians and Thunder drum and bugle corps.
  • Active clinician and adjudicator throughout the NW.

UM Faculty Clinicians: Comments on your performance!
Dr. Johan Eriksson– Saxophone & Jazz
  • Performed in U.S.A. Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Great Britain.
  • Performs on all saxophones, as well as flute and clarinet.
  • BM UNC Greensboro, MM Univ. of N. Illinois, DMA University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Benedict Kirby – Tuba & Euphonium
  • Performed with Minnesota, Colorado, Madison, Greeley, Missoula, Great Falls and Billings Symphonies.
  • Composer and arranger of over 40 works.
  • Prior positions at Luther College and University of Northern Colorado
  • BM, MM – Univ. of Minnesota, DMA – Univ. of Wisconsin
Questions: Contact James Smart, UM Director of Bands at