IPFW Honor Band

I trust that this message finds you and yours well! I am writing to invite your wind, brass, and percussion students to send in audition recordings for the 2017 Three Rivers Honors Band Festival which will be held here in the beautiful Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne from January 26 – 28, 2017.  The application process remains the same as does the method for distribution of parts (music is downloaded by students/parents from the IPFW Honor Band website www.ipfw.edu/honor-band upon acceptance).  Students will partake in rehearsals and masterclasses/sectionals with our applied faculty and members of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

This years high school conductor is Dr. Emily Moss, who is a highly sought-after clinician and conductor throughout the United States and holds the position of Director of Bands and Director of Instrumental Music Education for the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles. Her duties include direction of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, and instruction in instrumental music education methods.

Our middle school conductor is Ms. Stacie Detgen. Ms. Detgen is beginning her 28th year of teaching in the public schools and teachers instrumental music in the Charlotte Public Schools in Charlotte, Michigan. Ms. Detgen’s middle school ensembles have been amongst the most successful in the state where she was recently named the “Teacher of the Year” by the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association.  

The deadline to submit materials is October 31, 2016.  I have attached application materials to this email along with a flyer you may copy and distribute to your students. Students can begin submitting materials immediately. Please visit the website www.ipfw.edu/honor-band for more specific information. 

I hope to see many of your students and please, do not hesitate to send an email if you have questions!

All the best,

Dan Tembras

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From Amy Helton, here is the LINK TO THE SNACK / LUNCH NEEDS FOR DEKALB.


From Mark Johnston.

Band Parent & Booster Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 13 @ 7:00 PM
Band Room area
Executive Committee 6:30 PM
Same date, location


From Carmin Johnston: Mixed Bags orders and payment are due THIS WEDNESDAY 9/14.


Jacque Jackson is organizing an order for show patches from LAST YEAR’S show, entitled “For The Birds”. You need to see her, give her your name and $4.50 THIS WEEK. That is the price for an order of 25+ patches. If less than that, we will need to go back and collect an additional $2.

for-the-birds


musical moneyFrom your Directors. Parents, a couple weeks ago you received a letter stating our financial condition. In that letter, we asked that payments for this Fall be as close to complete as possible by TODAY! We have some major decisions to make and the BPO meeting at which they should be shared is TOMORROW. The fee PER COMPETITION is hundreds. Right now, we don’t have the money to do all that we want to do — like SHOW SHIRTS. If you have taken care of your responsibility, we thank you. If not we need you. Communication is key.


Did you see the PHOTO ALBUM from the Bluffton show? Thanks to the several parents who contributed pics. Keep doing that.


Bluffton 2016

It its first competition of the season, the Marching Vikes earned 2nd place in Scholastic A Class at Bluffton.

The judges really liked the Challenger prop – so extra kudos to the parents who constructed, painted and managed it.

Also to the many who organized and contributed food, fixed and organized uniforms., chaperoned — and did all the things that need to happen to get a band on the field.

The biggest applause has to be for the band members themselves. This was a brutal practice week — with rehearsals every day after school in super hot or even some wet days. We were fighting weather at Bluffton but, fortunately, had dry weather for the performance. We really do have some amazing teens. They worked hard for Bluffton. Now we get to see who they do with finishing the show, holding and/or improving their position in the field.

Several parents have contributed pics from the contest. Thanks for sharing. These are posted in random order. Click on individual pics to enlarge.