The 27th Annual Gustavus High School Honor Band Festival

Dr. James Patrick Miller, conductor
Dr. Dave Stamps, jazz director
November 1–2, 2015

Now in its 27th year, the Gustavus High School Honor Band Festival brings together students from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin for two days of music performance. This festival will feature faculty clinics, workshops for teachers, rehearsals, and a concert in Gustavus’ magnificent Christ Chapel under the direction of Dr. James Patrick Miller, conductor of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Dr. Dave Stamps, director of the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and faculty conductors Dr. Karrin Meffert-Nelson (Vasa Wind Orchestra) and Dr. Heidi Johanna Miller (Woodwind and Brass Choirs). The finale concert will feature the Gustavus Jazz Honor Band, the Gustavus Honor Band, and the world renowned Gustavus Wind Orchestra.

The Gustavus Honor Band Festival now features two ensembles, the traditional Gustavus Honor Band and the new Gustavus Jazz Honor Band. The Jazz Honor Band will be led by Dr. Dave Stamps, and directors will have the opportunity to nominate students for either or both ensembles. Members of both ensembles will also be treated to a twilight concert by the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band in Gustavus’ Björling Recital Hall on Sunday night.

Students are nominated by their high school music teachers, private instructors, and conductors via an online nomination form (see link on the left side of this page), and about 100 students will be selected for the festival. Whether you have nominated students each year for decades, or you have not yet participated—we sincerely hope that this year you will nominate all deserving students in your program!

This year will be a truly special event, and we cannot express in this brief letter our excitement to collaborate with you and your students! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the festival director, Dr. James Patrick Miller, at:

The participation fee for selected students into the Gustavus Honor Band is $25.00 (per student). There is no fee to nominate students. Directors may nominate as many students as they feel deserve the honor.

Nomination deadline is September 19, 2015. Nomination forms may be received after this date, but space will be limited.