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High School Honors Band

NOVEMBER 24 - 26, 2019

Final Perfomance: Tuesday Nov. 26, 2:00pm

General Information

The following information is being provided to assist students, parents, and teachers attending the High School Honors Band Clinic. Please read this material carefully. Because so many students are involved, any assistance you can give to assure that the event moves smoothly will be appreciated. 

The personnel of the honors bands are seated via an audition process. Each student needs to bring his/her own folding music stand

Final Perfomance: Tuesday Nov. 26, 2:00pm

Questions & Event Contact: Dr. Adria Sutherland - 


Tuition for the 2019 EKU High School Honor Band is $35.00. All housing and meal fees are the responisibilty of the individual attendees. Please make checks payable to "EKU BANDS."

Arrival at the University & Auditions

Participants should plan on arriving on the EKU campus as from by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24. The exact location of registration and auditions will be announced. If you are part of a large group, please send a single representative to registration. Checks should be payable to "EKU BANDS" with each student's name(s) listed on the check. PLEASE DO NOT SUBSTITUTE students who cannot attend – we have a system for cancellations.

After registration, signs and EKU Honor Band Assistants will help guide you to warm-up areas and audition sites (to be announced). Please warm-up and audition as soon as you are ready to keep the process moving. 

Rehearsals & Schedule

Band members should be seated ten (10) minutes before ALL rehearsals. Please carefuly review the schedule, rehearsal locations, and plan your meals and travel to and from campus accordingly. 

It is advised that students label all intstruments, music stands, and accesories with their own names and their school. EKU does not assume liability for lost, misplaced, or broken instruments. 


Parking information is forthcoming.

Meals and Housing

Eastern Kentucky University does not assume responsibility for the housing and meals of the participants. Supervision of students is the responsibility of the band director or appointed supervisor from each school. There are places to eat within walking distance of the rehearsal spaces (detials forthcoming). Richmond has several hotels in the area. In some cases, the hotel will be able to honor a tax-exempt certificate from your school. Directors must bring their tax-exempt form from their Board of Education to be exempt from the State Tax, but will still be responsible for the Hotel Tax. Please indicate you wish for a special rate for the students and supervisors for attending the EKU Honors Band when making your reservation. 

2019 Honors Band Guest Clinicians

GARY A. SPECK - Miami University

A native Texan, Gary A. Speck was appointed to the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1988, where he serves as Director of Bands and Professor of Music. Mr. Speck received the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees magna cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, where he studied conducting with Richard Floyd and Michael Haithcock. After receiving the Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of H. Robert Reynolds, Speck was a high school band conductor in the Houston area for five years. In 1987 he was a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Eugene Corporon, and completed all course work for the DMA. At Miami, Professor Speck conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in conducting, music education, and wind repertoire. 

Professor Speck has led the Miami Wind Ensemble in nine invited performances for the Ohio Music Education Association, most recently in 2019; six invited performances for the College Band Directors National Association, including the national conference in 1999; at the inaugural Atlanta International Band and Orchestra Conference in 1996, and at the MENC/Michigan Instrumental Music conference in 2005. 

Professor Speck’s former students hold positions as music administrators, college and high school band conductors, and teachers at all levels of the music profession. Over the years, several have been awarded assistantships for graduate study in conducting at such prestigious institutions as Northwestern University, the New England Conservatory, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Universities of Iowa, Tennessee and Houston. Professor Speck is in frequent demand as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.


FREDERICK SPECK - University of Louisville

Frederick Speck, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Louisville, teaches conducting, directs the Wind Symphony and New Music Ensemble, and serves as Chair for the Department of Performance Studies. In addition, he is the artistic director and conductor of Chamber Winds Louisville and the Louisville Concert Band. Under his leadership, ensembles have been invited to perform at KMEA Conferences, CBDNA Southern Division Conferences, the MENC National Conference, the CBDNA National Conference, the Midwest Clinic, the Jungfrau Music Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conferences in Killarney, Ireland and San Jose, California and the American Bandmasters Association Convention. He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and Past President of the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division. Speck earned the B.M. and M.M. from Bowling Green State University and the D.M.A. from the University of Maryland.

2019 Event Participant Nominations - Closed

Nominations for the 2019 EKU High School Honors Band can be submitted here by directors. The deadline for nominating students is Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.

2019 High School Honors Band Audition Music

All EKU High School Honors Band participants are required to play an audition after registration and check-in. The results of this audition will determine the ensemble and seating of each participant. 

Auditions for Wind and Brass players will consist of:

     1. Scales. Full range chromatic scale, and up to three major scales between 0 and 5 flats. Memorization is encouraged, but not required. 

     2. Prepared piece from audition list.

Percussionists: Please see music fromn the above audition list, and please bring snare sticks, keyboard mallets, and timpani mallets (instruments will be provided). 

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