AUBURN – The annual Auburn University Honor Band Festival will take place Feb. 7-10 on the AU campus. Highlights will include clinics by the university instrumental faculty, a showcase of AU chamber ensembles and a Saturday night concert by the AU Symphonic Band.
The Saturday night concert, conducted by AU alumnus Jamie Nix and composer Frank Ticheli, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Telfair Peet Theatre. Festival participants will perform a grand finale concert on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m., in the Student Activities Building. The Sunday concert is free and open to the public.
From more than 800 nominations by high school band directors, only 300 of the top students were chosen to attend the festival. Players were selected on the basis of their musical accomplishments and the recommendations of their directors. This year’s participants will include high school musicians from throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
Participants will audition for placement into one of three bands. Conductors for these ensemble bands are Nix; Rick Good, AU director of bands; and Corey Spurlin, AU associate director of bands.
Nix is a doctoral conducting fellow under Gary Green at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. Most recently he served as the assistant professor of conducting, associate director of bands and director of the marching band at the University of Michigan.
Ticheli is Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California’s Flora L. Thorton School of Music. Ticheli’s has won numerous awards for his compositions and was the 2006 NBA / William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest winner. He has appeared as a guest conductor both in the U.S. and internationally.
“This will be an exciting weekend of concerts, clinics and rehearsals,” said Good. “Last year’s festival was a great success and with an increase in applicants this year we expect the quality of this year’s bands to be even better.”