2023 FLC Honor Band

The 2023 FLC Honor Band will be February 3-4, 2023. Our guest clinicians this year include:

  • Dr. R. Reed Chamberlin; Director of Bands and Music Department Chair from the University of Nevada, Reno (Skyhawk Band)
  • Dr. Justin Hubbard; Director of Bands from Fort Lewis College (Blue Band)
  • Rhonda Muckerman; Director of the Southwest Civic Winds (Middle School Band)
  • Guest composer (TBA), schedule permitting

The $25 per-student registration fee includes:

  • participation in one of the ensembles (music is provided)
  • instrument specific master classes with FLC faculty
  • a keynote session with our guest clinician/composer
  • dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday in the FLC dining hall

Continuing Education/Professional Development certificates are available for music educators!

Dates and Times of Honor Band: February 3-4, 2023

  • February 3, 2023: 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • February 4, 2023: 8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Concert on February 4, 2023 at 2 p.m. in the FLC Community Concert Hall

Clinic information

Clinic fees and refunds
Invoice adjustments/refunds will not be made for any participant cancellations after January 10th.

Registration forms:

Auditions, Playing Examples, and Placement

Auditions

Middle School Band: No audition required, musicians accepted by Director/Teacher recommendations

Skyhawk Band Consideration: Preference will be given to students who submit a recording of themselves performing their state’s high school all-state audition excerpt(s). Students may submit an audition similar to the Blue Band requirements, but they are not guaranteed consideration for this advanced group.

All other High School Ensembles (Blue and Gold bands): Submit a short 30-60 second playing sample of your choice (Should be something that showcases your sound and ability; can be a piece you’re playing in band, a favorite etude, or similar)

Placement

Placement in each band depends on what materials you choose to submit, how well you perform those materials, the number of submissions received, and instrumentation required for each group.

For Example:

  • Example #1: You are one of 10 clarinets that submit the Skyhawk Band audition materials, and you perform them extremely well. The Skyhawk band has room for all 10 clarinets that particular year, so you end up being placed in the Skyhawk band.
  • Example #2: You are 1 of 50 flutes that audition for Skyhawk band, and you submit a 30-60 second recording instead of the all-state materials. The Skyhawk band only has room for 10 flutes that particular year. Your audition ranks you tied for 10th with a student who submitted the all-state materials. You end up being placed in the Blue Band, since preference for Skyhawk band is given to those who submitted their all-state materials.
  • Example #3: You don’t want to prepare the all-state materials, so you just submit a recording of you playing your favorite passage from a piece you’re working on. You play it extremely well and it showcases your abilities and sound. Skyhawk band needs more of your instrument, and there were not enough students who submitted all-state materials to fill all the slots. You are selected for Skyhawk band based on your demonstrated abilities, even though you didn’t submit the all-state materials.

Due Dates

  • Middle School Director Recommendations: Due by October 28, 2023 (notified of acceptance by November 4, 2023)
  • Skyhawk, Blue, and Gold Band: Due by November 11, 2023 (notified of acceptance by November 18, 2023)

If you have concerns about these due dates, please contact Dr. Justin Hubbard

Music Distribution

Music will be distributed electronically via secure links, and students/directors should print copies of the appropriate parts to begin practicing! Music should be available to access by the first week of December.

Audition/registration forms

Send all registration forms and high school mp3 auditions to honorband@fortlewis.edu.