UM High School All-Star Band and Orchestra

November 8-10, 2019

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.”  - Director

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

Wind Ensemble Conductors and Guest Artist

Brian Balmages, conductor

Brian Balmages

composer and conductor


James Smart


Orchestra Conductor and Guest Artist


Luis Millán



Margaret Baldridge

violin soloist

Jennifer Drake Photo

Jennifer Drake

guest conductor


PDF of the Program

Click on audio links below. Right click on the play button to download file.

Silver Orchestra - Jennifer Drake, conductor

Symphony No. 7 (Mvt. II) - L. v. Beethoven
October - Eric Whitacre
Rhythm Dances - Brian Balmages
String Symphony No. 2 (Mvt. III) - Felix Mendelssohn 

Maroon Orchestra - Luis Millán, conductor

Holberg Suite - Edvard Grieg
Invierno Porteño - Astor Piazzola
Symphony No. 3 in am (Mvt. 1)- Alexander Borodin

Silver Wind Ensemble - James Smart, conductor

Arabian Dances - Brian Balmages
Chasing Sunlight - Cait Nishimura
American Big Top - Brian Balmages

Maroon Wind Ensemble - Brian Balmages, conductor 

Flight of the Piasa - Robert Sheldon
Breaking Point - Brian Balmages
Thrash - Randall Standridge


Accepted Students - Complete the Following Steps

1.  Complete Forms, Submit Payment, Check Status, View Rooming List.

  • Complete Forms - Download forms, complete and email them to or bring them with you to registration. Everyone must do this to participate.
  • Submit Payment – Follow the payment link to pay with debit or credit card. Indiviudals paying with check follow the instructions in the right side menu. Schools paying with a single check need to email for an invoice.
  • Check Payment Status (updated regularly but not immediately after payment)
  • 2019 ROOMING LIST (See in LODGING below).

2. Download Music 

  • Concert Band Music & Marching Band Music - Click the link, open and select the music folder link next to your name to download. Percussionists – Because each part may be for multiple players, the file name tells you exactly what instruments you are playing. 
  • String Orchestra Music - Music is emailed.

              Band music inquiries:
              Orchestra music inquiries:

Event Schedule

Starting and Ending Times

Friday, Nov. 8 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Check-in opens (UM School of Music Lobby)

Sunday, Nov. 10 - 12:00 pm: All-Star Concert - Dennison Theatre, finished by 2:30 pm MST

  • Sunday concert FREE. 


Bands - Marching Pregame


  • Students will only be playing pre-game music (Battle Hymn, Star Spangled Banner, UM FIght Song) and not stay for the game. They need to return to concert rehearsals.
  • Parents & Directors - You will be able to watch pregame from the field level but then must exit the stadium unless you have purchased tickets. When and where you need to be is listed in the full event schedule.
  • We will provide marching percussion, sousaphones, and horns/mellophones.
  • No wood instruments outdoors. Use your plastic ones.
Marching Music & Lyres
  • Print music, trim to size and mount on lightweight cardboard. 
  • Use/buy a music lyre or memorize. 

Registration Levels

Option 1 – Registration, Meals and Two Nights Lodging - $180 per participant

  • Assigned rooms by UM event organizers with same-gender participants.
  • Lodging paid as part of the registration cost. Limited availability of rooms.
  • Includes continental breakfasts at hotel, and 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 OR no hotel room.
  • Includes lunches & dinners at UM Food Zoo.
  • Includes a recording of the concert. 

Lodging and Meals:


Participants choosing the $180 option with lodging included will be placed by us in hotel rooms or dormitory rooms with other participants of the same gender.

  • Comfort Inn - Two queen beds per room or king bed with pullout sofa with an occupancy of four. 
  • Dorms - The dorm rooms are two single beds with an occupancy of two. Up to four parents/directors serving as chaperones will be able to stay in the dorms in a single or double rooms free of charge. If you are interested in being a chaperone please contact Hailey. 
  • 2019 ROOMING LIST  - Two tabs: one for hotel and one for dorms.

All lodging inquiries should be directed to Hailey Rasmussen 


Breakfast is provided to students and chaperones staying in the hotel and dorms.  Students and adults staying in the dorms will have a catered breakfast in the ALI Auditorium in the School of Education behind the School of Music. Lunches and dinners at the award-winning UM Food Zoo cafeteria are provided for all students regardless of their lodging choice.  Directors and parents are welcome to pay cash for lunches and dinners at the door.

Supervision, Communication & Transportation

  • Hotels - UM will have two designated adults (high school band directors or parents) at the hotel for emergencies and to check, at curfew, on all participant rooms assigned by UM.  They will not check other rooms reserved independently.
  • Dorms - Four adult chaperones will be staying in the dorms. Each is assigned 10 students for emergencies and to check at curfew all rooms assigned by UM.  
  • When on campus, (8:30 am until 9:30 pm) students are kept to a tight schedule.  100+ 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


  • Hotels - At the end of Friday night's activities all participants, parents and directors gather in the Dennison Theatre to make sure there are proper rides to and from the hotel for the duration of the event. 
  • Dorms - Those without transportation for the weekend should choose the dorm over the hotel. At the beginning and end of each day, students staying in the dorms will walk as a group, accompanied by chaperones.


Friday, Nov. 8 – FRI. PARKING PERMIT. Adams Center Lot P only.

Saturday, Nov. 9 SAT. PARKING PERMIT. Business School Lot S only.

Sunday, Nov. 10 - 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 the following link: Audition Information
  • 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.  
  • 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.