The 28th Annual Gustavus High School Honor Band Festival

Dr. James Patrick Miller, conductor
Dr. Dave Stamps, jazz director
November 6–7, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As the Douglas Nimmo Professor of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and director of the Gustavus Honor Band Festival, I am delighted to announce the 28th Annual Gustavus Honor Band Festival. The festival will take place Sunday, November 6, and Monday, November 7, 2016.

Bringing 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’s magnificent Christ Chapel under the direction of myself and my faculty colleagues Dr. Heidi Johanna Miller and Dr. Dave Stamps. The finale concert (free admission or available via live-stream) will feature the High School Honor Bands, Jazz Honor Band, and the renowned Gustavus Wind Orchestra.

This year our festival will feature two all-state caliber high school concert bands and a jazz band. Our last two festivals have each brought some 250 students from 60 high schools to campus, and this year we will again accommodate as many outstanding high school musicians as possible! Along with their honor band rehearsals and performances, student participants will be treated to concert performances by the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and masterclasses on their instruments with our Gustavus music faculty.

This year we also welcome a special guest artist for our festival, Dr. Ian Jeffress, professor of saxophone at Western Carolina University. Dr. Jeffress will present a masterclass for all students and perform a concerto with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra at the finale concert.

Remember, students are selected following a nomination by their high school music teachers, private instructors, and conductors via an online nomination form (see link below). Whether you have nominated students each year for decades, or you have not yet participated, I sincerely hope that this year you will nominate all deserving students in your program.

The Gustavus Honor Band is a highlight each year for all of us involved, and this year will be a truly special event. We look forward to working with all of you and your students. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at

All of the nomination and registration information and forms, as well as many more details about the Gustavus Honor Band event, are available online. The participation fee for the 28th Annual Gustavus Honor Band is $25.00 per student. Nomination deadline is Friday, October 7. Nomination forms may be received after this date, but space will be limited.

Most Sincerely,

Dr. James Patrick Miller
The Douglas Nimmo Endowed Professor of Music
Conductor of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra