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All-Region Honor Band
Plan now for your students to participate in the 35th Annual All-Region Honor Band Festival November 14 & 15, 2015. The All-Region Bands provide an excellent opportunity for your students to have their talents recognized, perform with other outstanding young musicians and work with highly respected music educators and conductors.. Phil Thomas, from Highland Hills Middle School, is the coordinator. All participants are required to attend all rehearsals and the performance for the All-Region Festival weekend. Students must verify their availability. We ask that students not apply if they cannot make a commitment to attend the entire All-Region Festival weekend.

Any IBA member, in good standing, is eligible to nominate students from grades 7, 8 and 9.  Ninth grade students may apply for either All-Region or All-District, but not both.  Applicants must have completed one full year of training on their instrument.  Completed applications and summary sheet should be sent to Myron Snuffin, IBA secretary / treasurer.  The application deadline has passed.  Late entries will only be accepted with a $50.00 late fee, provided that the selection process has not begun at your site.

Selection Process
Band directors from each area will serve on the selection committee responsible for choosing their respective All-Region Honor Band.  Contact the area host if you are interested in volunteering your services.  Please be accurate and specific when completing the student’s application form.Students should be ranked on the application by instrument section.  A director summary form is included to give an overall ranking of all your students.  The written recommendation is the only criteria used for selection.  The application must be complete and signed by the parent and director or it will be discarded.  Each school is guaranteed to have at least two students selected for participation.

Each student selected for participation will pay a $35.00 registration fee on Saturday morning November 14.  All participants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt.  Each site will also have lunch available for a nominal fee.

Commission Premier
The 2015 All-Region Honor Bands will premiere The Dark Waters, the newest IBA commission by Matt Conaway.  The piece revolves around the rivers of the underworld in Greek mythology, the rivers separating the land of the living from the afterlife.  The most famous of these is the River Styx, typically represented alongside the ferryman Charon, who would accept payment in return for carrying the souls of the recently deceased across the dark waters.

Participating directors should plan to assist with sectionals on Saturday.  Directors should also make sure each of their selected students is prepared to play all the music sent to them.  Saturday morning is not the time to work on notes and rhythms.  Please prepare your students!

2015 All-Region Honor Band Schedule
(Students grades 7 – 9 are eligible for this group.)

Friday, September 11
Postmark deadline for mailing entries to the secretary / treasurer.
Friday, October 9
Site hosts mail selection notification and music to participating schools.
Saturday, November 14
8:30 – 9:00 AM - Registration ($35 fee per student)
9:00 – 10:00 - Sectionals
10:00 – 12:00 - Full Rehearsal
12:00 – 1:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 - Sectionals
2:00 – 4:30 - Full Rehearsal
Sunday, November 15
2:00 – 3:00 PM - Dress Rehearsal

4:00 – 4:45 - Concert

Festival Sites and Hosts
Northwest: Kankakee Valley H.S. (Wheatfield) – Brandon Dinkins
Northwest: Portage High School)Drew Rhoda

North Central: LaSalle Academy (South Bend)Mark Druyos
Northeast: DeKalb Middle School (Waterloo) – Shanna Lank
West: Rossville High School - Joel Good
East: Centerville High School – Charles Roesch  
Central Northwest: Brownsburg High School – Courtney Cummings
Central Northeast: Elwood Middle School – Faith Montieth
Central East: Greenfield High School – Chris Wing
Central South: Center Grove M.S. Central – Sam Fritz
Central Southwest: Cloverdale M.S. – William Cole
South Central: Jasper High SchoolJohn Coller  
Southwest: South Knox H.S. (Vincennes)Joyce Kim-Rohrer

Southeast:  East Washington H.S. (Pekin) – Matt Lindley
Future All-Region Honor Band Dates
  November 14 & 15, 2015 - Phil Thomas, coordinator
  November 12 & 13, 2016 - Chad Brinkman, coordinator
  November 11 & 12, 2017
  November 10 & 11, 2018
  November 16 & 17, 2019
  November 14 & 15, 2020

Conductor Nomination (pdf)
  Conductor Application (pdf)