Notre Dame College Conducts Second Annual High School Honor Band Festival, Concert

Notre Dame College is conducting its second annual High School Honor Band Festival in 2019, an exclusive education and performance immersion on campus open to teen woodwind, brass and percussion players.

The two-day instrumental music experience for students in grades 9 through 12 the weekend of February 15-16 culminates with a joint concert of the Notre Dame Wind Symphony and Notre Dame High School Honor Band at 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 16, in Regina Auditorium at the College. The music finale, featuring select high school instrumentalists performing with the College’s own woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble, is free and open to the public.

The Notre Dame High School Honor Band Festival provides high school students with the opportunity to rehearse in an exclusive ensemble with high class conductors and participate in masterclasses with Notre Dame applied faculty, as well as perform in the joint public concert with the College’s Wind Symphony. The student package begins at 2 p.m. Friday, February 15, with registration and concludes with the concert. A complete schedule of 2019 honor band activities is online.

The festival and concert for 2019, once again under the direction of Michael Krueger, M.M., director of instrumental studies and music theory head at Notre Dame, are highlights of the College’s Joan Cronin Reagan #NDCPerforms Series for spring. The honor band weekend also leads up to Notre Dame’s annual President’s Day Campus Visit event for prospective students and their families on Monday, February 18.

Select High School Students

High school students must be nominated for the College’s honor band by their high school instrumental directors and perform an audition on the first day of the festival. Audition materials consist of an etude, major scales and sight-reading. The online Honor Band Festival Nomination Form must be filled out by the high school director.

Nearly 50 students from 11 area high schools were selected to perform in concert with Notre Dame instrumentalists during the College’s inaugural honor band festival in 2018. Schools represented last year included Avon High School, Beaumont High School, Charles F. Brush High School, Conneaut High School, Euclid High School, Fairport-Harding High School, Parma Constellation High School, Saint Ignatius High School, Saint Paul High School, South Central High School and Steubenville High School.

High Class Conductors

Krueger is joined in leading the honor band weekend this year by clinicians Zac Sweeney, the founder and head instructor of the Impact the Outcome Marching Band Leadership Academy, and Brett Dawson, a youth band director in Ohio and master’s student at Capital University, where he studies retention and attrition among instrumental programs.

At Notre Dame, Krueger is the director of instrumental studies and music theory head. He directs the College Wind Symphony and Notre Dame Falcon Marching Band. He also teaches applied composition lessons and academic courses in music theory at the College. In 2016, Krueger joined the drum major and student leadership staff for Fred J. Miller. He earned his Master of Music from Butler University and Bachelor of Music from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

In addition to his work leading the Impact the Outcome Marching Band Leadership Academy, Sweeney is in his eighth year as director of bands at Glenvar Middle and High Schools in Salem, Va. He is a 2010 graduate of Jacksonville State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree.

Dawson is in his fourth year teaching in Vermilion, Ohio, where he is the director of bands at Sailorway Middle School, directs the Vermilion High School Symphonic Band and assists with the Sailor Marching Band. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in instrumental music education.

For More Information

Additional information on the festival and Notre Dame performing arts programs is available online.

January 2019

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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