Smoky Hills Honor Band

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The Smoky Hills Honor Band - Central Kansas's Only Side-by-Side High School and Collegiate Honor Band!

Kansas Wesleyan University is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Smoky Hills High School Wind Festival Honor Band, to be held Saturday, February 11th - Sunday February 12th, 2017. Students must be nominated by Friday, January 27, 2017.

Festival highlights include:

♪ Festival Honor Band performance for family and friends on Sunday, February 12th

♪ KWU Wind Ensemble members will rehearse and perform alongside your students!

♪ NEW – students will be assigned to a chamber group and will be coached by KWU Music Professors

♪ A special Saturday night concert featuring the talents of the KWU Music Department!

We are excited to welcome Teresa Purcell as guest conductor of this year’s Smoky Hills Honor Band. Teresa previously served as Director of Bands at Southeast of Saline High School and is currently a doctoral conducting associate at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

At least five students will be selected from each high school submitting recommendations.  Students selected for the honor band must provide their own transportation and meals, with the exception of Saturday’s lunch which will be provided.

The registration fee for the honor band is $40.00 per student. It makes it easier on our staff if the registration fee is pre-paid; however, should it be an inconvenience to your school, you may pay upon arrival. The fee will include lunch on Saturday and “All-Star X-treme Bowling” on Saturday evening following the KWU Showcase Concert.

This year's lodging will be at the Hampton Inn Salina. A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate of $106.00 + tax per room. Simply contact Hampton Inn and tell them that you are reserving rooms for the Smoky Hills Winds Festival to access the discounted rate. This year, the cost of hotel is not included in the student fees and must be taken care of through your school district.

Hampton Inn Salina
401 W. Schilling Rd
Salina, KS 67401

Please fill out the form below to nominate a student. Please note that you must fill out one form per each student if you are nominating more than one. Payments may be made out to Kansas Wesleyan Music Department and sent to:

Sarah Bernard-Stevens
Kansas Wesleyan University
Campus Box 77
100 E. Claflin Ave.
Salina, KS 67401

Selection of participants

  1. Name up to 25 (if applicable) of your most able and experienced players, who would like the opportunity to participate.  (open to freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
  2. By “Part” please indicate which part/instrument that you feel your student would best play. For example, Trumpet III, snare, Clarinet I etc.
Please state which part you feel the student would best perform. Example: Trumpet II, Snare Drum, Clarinet I etc.