CSU Honor Band Festival

Honor Wind Symphony

Festival Concert Band

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.

06.11.20: Thank you for visiting our CSU Honor Band Festival site. Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Colorado State University will be operating remotely after Fall Break and for the remainder of the semester. Therefore, we unfortunately will be unable to host our annual Honor Band Festival this year. 

We are already planning our Dec. 2021 Honor Band Festival with guest clinician, Dr. Matthew McCutchen, director of bands at the University of South Florida. We will also continue to look into hosting a second band again next year to accommodate more students.

Thank you for your support of the CSU High School Honor Band Festival and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021!


  • Thursday, Dec. 10 — Saturday, Dec. 12: CSU Honor Band Festival, including CSU Symphonic Band Concert (Dec. 10), CSU Wind Symphony Concert (Dec. 11), and CSU Honor Band Festival Concert (Dec. 12)
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.: Final Concert. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain. The concert is FREE.

Guest Clinicians

James SpinazzolaDr. James Spinazzola, Cornell University, Honor Wind Symphony Clinician

Dr. 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

Dr. T. André Feagin, Festival Concert Band Clinician

T. André Feagin promotional photoDr. Feagin serves as assistant professor of music and assistant director of bands at Colorado State University. His job duties include serving as conductor of the Symphonic Band, director of the CSU Marching Band, Basketball Pep Band, and Presidential Pep Band. In addition, he teaches undergraduate conducting and marching band techniques. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of bands at Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina) and associate director of bands at the University of Texas at El Paso. His secondary teaching experience include serving as director of bands at Watkins Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (Tennessee).

Dr. Feagin has appeared with numerous All-state, regional honor bands, and professional ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Southeast Asia. Engagements include serving as guest conductor with the 2019 American Spring Festival (Czech Republic), conductor of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Concert Band, conductor of the Massachusetts All-State Band, the New Mexico All-State Concert Band, and the New England Intercollegiate Band. He has presented clinics on conducting, leadership, and the marching arts at the Arizona Music Educators Association State Convention, The Savannah State University Conducting Workshop (Georgia), The Universiti Teknologi MARA in Selangor, Malaysia, the South Carolina Music Educators Association State Convention, the Georgia State University Leadership Institute, the New England Band Directors Institute (New Hampshire), and the 2018 National Association for Music Education National Conference.

Dr. Feagin was one of three nationally selected conductors to perform with the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America in the inaugural Young Composer/Conductors Mentor Project sponsored by the National Band Association. In 2012, he was one of three nationally selected conductors to perform with the United States Academy Band at West Point during the Association of Concert Bands National Convention.

Dr. Feagin’s research and scholarly activities include serving as a contributing author in multiple volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. In addition, he has been featured in the Instrumentalist, and Teaching Music magazines. His doctoral research studies Spanish wind composer Bernardo Adam Ferrero and his wind composition Homenaje a Joaquín Sorolla. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a proclamation of “Professor T. André Feagin Day” from the Mayor and City Council of El Paso, Texas.

Dr. Feagin’s experience in Drum Corps International (DCI) expands two decades. Previous appointments include serving as brass caption head of the Santa Clara Vanguard and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He has served on the brass staff of the Boston Crusaders, Carolina Crown, and is the former executive director and brass caption head of the 2007 DCI Division III World Champion Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performing member, he served four-years as conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He was the recipient of the DCI Jim Jones Leadership Award in 2000 and the DCI Division III Director of the Year Award in 2007. He continues his involvement in the marching arts serving as a clinician, consultant, adjudicator, music arranger, visual designer, and program coordinator for some of the nation’s finest high school and university band programs. Dr. Feagin currently serves as the director and coordinator of the Drum Major and Leadership Institute (DMLI) at Colorado State University, a summer institute focused on the development of high school student leaders.

Dr. Feagin holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music where he was a student of Gregg I. Hanson. He holds a Master of Music degree in instrumental wind conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He is grateful for his teachers and mentors that have shaped his passion for conducting and music. Among them are Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Kraig Alan Williams, Thomas Cockrell, Bruce Chamberlain, Pat Morrow, and Darry Pilkington. Dr. Feagin holds professional memberships in the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Band and Ensembles, Minority Band Directors Association, Patron of Mu Phi Epsilon, and honorary memberships in both Tau Beta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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 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