High School Honor Band Festival

Join Us for Honor Band

CSU’s annual High School Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians Rocky Mountain Region, selected from hundreds of applicants throughout the western region; the three day festival takes place at the University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Guest clinicians and conductors enhance the student’s experience, providing invaluable insight and expertise. In addition to rehearsals, students enjoy several concerts given by CSU faculty and student ensembles. The experience is capped off with a performance by the honor band in the beautiful, world-class Griffin Concert Hall.

2019 Dates

  • Friday, Oct. 11: Audition and application due; registration required
  • Friday, Oct. 25: Results announced
  • Early November: Music and part assignments available
  • Friday, Nov. 15: Commitment forms postmarked
  • Thursday, Dec. 12 — Saturday, Dec. 14: Honor Band Festival, including CSU Symphonic Band Concert (Dec. 12), CSU Wind Symphony Concert (Dec. 13), and CSU Honor Band Concert (Dec. 14)
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m.: Final Concert. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain. The concert is FREE.

Guest Clinician

Dr. James Spinazzola, Cornell University

James Spinazzola is an active conductor, ensemble clinician, saxophonist, and arranger. In addition to directing the Cornell wind ensemble program, James teaches undergraduate courses in music theory, coaches chamber music, teaches applied saxophone, and serves as faculty adviser to CU Winds, a student-driven organization devoted to the performance and promotion of wind band music.

Under his direction, the Cornell Wind Symphony performed at the 2018 Eastern Division conference of the College Band Directors National Association. The ensemble has premiered new works by David Maslanka, Christopher Rouse, and Dana Wilson, among others; and has collaborated with composers David Maslanka and Patrick Williams during on-campus residencies. Dr. Spinazzola’s research in jazz performance and arranging has led to unique Wind Symphony performances of jazz and third-stream music. Recent concerts have featuring his arrangements of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with the Cornell Jazz Ensemble and guest saxophonist Joshua Redman, Patrick Williams’s An American Concerto with the composer conducting, and the music of Duke Ellington with A.D. White Professor-at-Large Wynton Marsalis.

In 2017 Dr. Spinazzola led the Cornell Wind Symphony on an international service-learning tour to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, through which the ensemble partnered with the Holy Trinity School Music Port-au-Prince, the Carol Morgan International School in Santo Domingo, and members of the Yale Concert Band. The ensemble performed at the Kiosk Occide Jeanty, Port-au-Prince, as part of the 2010 Earthquake Commemoration led by provisional President Jocelerme Privert; and at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palais Sans-Souci in Milot, Haiti, among other venues.

Prior to coming to Cornell, Dr. Spinazzola was a tenured faculty member at the University of Indianapolis, where he served as associate professor of music and director of instrumental activities. Additional posts have included those as assistant professor of music at Tennessee Tech University, where he had the dual role of conducting the concert band and teaching applied saxophone. James has also held conducting and teaching positions with the New World Youth Philharmonic (Indiana), the Indianapolis Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Tennessee Governors’ School for the Arts. As a guest conductor, he has worked with numerous bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles throughout the world; recent engagements included those with the Minnesota Honor Band, Georgia Honor Jazz Ensemble, University of Montana Orchestra, Duquesne University Wind Ensemble, and international schools in China, India, and the Dominican Republic. He also lectures frequently on a variety of topics, most recently on rehearsal pedagogy at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic.

As a saxophonist, James has recorded a solo album for the Mark Custom label, Discovery: Standard and Emerging Works for Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, and continues to perform in both jazz and classical venues. He is also a proficient arranger, and is published by Alfred Music, Boosey & Hawkes, and Subito Press. He has premiered original compositions with the Cornell Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Faculty Jazz Combo, and ensembles under direction have premiered his arrangements of works by John Adams, Steven Bryant, Tania León, Christopher Rouse, and Roberto Sierra.

James holds degrees from Duquesne University (B.S.), the University of Colorado (M.M.), and Louisiana State University (D.M.A.).  In addition to his musical and scholarly pursuits, he continues to study stringed instrument bowmaking, and enjoys making and repairing bows.

More at music.cornell.edu/james-spinazzola


Past Clinicians

Linda Moorhouse's headshotDr. Linda Moorehouse, Professor of Music and Associate Director of the School of Music, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. music.illinois.edu

Dr. Scott Tobias, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at West Virginia University. music.wvu.edu

Travis Cross Honor Band ClinicianTravis J. Cross, Associate Professor of Music and Department Vice Chair at UCLA. music.ucla.edu

Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Director of Bands, University of Oregon. music.uoregon.edu

Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Director of Bands, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Colorado State University. music.colostate.edu


Copper Ferreira

Instructor of Music; Music Theory; Ensemble Coordinator


(970) 491-1584