CSU Honor Band Festival

Join Us for the CSU Honor Band Festival

The annual CSU 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, Colorado. 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 Wind Symphony and the Festival Concert Band in the beautiful, world-class Griffin Concert Hall.

Hold the Date: Dec. 9-11, 2021

  • Thursday — Saturday: CSU Honor Band Festival, including CSU Symphonic Band Concert, CSU Wind Symphony Concert, and CSU Honor Band Festival Concert
  • Saturday: Final Concert. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain. The concert is FREE.

2021 CSU Honor Band Audition Deadlines and Details:

  • Friday, October 15: Auditions due
  • Friday, October 29: Results posted
  • Friday, November 19: Commitment forms due from successful auditionees
  1. Major Scale:  2 octaves in 16 notes, quarter note=112
  2. Harmonic Minor Scale:  2 octaves in 8 notes, quarter note=120
  3. Chromatic Scale:  Full range in 8 notes, quarter note=80
  4. Excerpt for your instrument


Guest Clinician

headshotMatthew McCutchen has served on USF’s Music Faculty since 2009, first as the Director of Athletic Bands for nine years, and then as the Director of Bands since 2018. His responsibilities at USF include conducting the Wind Ensemble and teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Conducting, Wind Band Literature, and Music Education.

McCutchen earned a Ph.D in Music Education with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University. Prior to coming to USF he taught middle school in Georgia, high school in Virginia, and served as an adjunct instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University for several semesters.

McCutchen is active as a guest conductor, and clinician. He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Florida Wind Band, and the Founder and Conductor of the Bay Area Youth (BAY) Winds, which features many of the finest high school musicians throughout the Tampa Area. He has been published in the National Band Association’s Journal, the 7th and 8th editions and the “Solos with Wind Band Accompaniment” editions of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, The Instrumentalist magazine, and the Florida Music Director. He is the Chair of the National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest Committee, is a member of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Selection Committee, and holds memberships in numerous national and statewide professional organizations.

Past Clinicians

James SpinazzolaDr. James Spinazzola, Cornell University, Director of the Wind Ensemble Program


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 TobiasDr. 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. Website

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

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


Copper Ferreira

Senior Instructor; Music Theory; Ensemble Coordinator


(970) 491-1584