High School Honors Band Concert set for May 6 at OwensWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s that time of year again — you guessed it, High School Honors Band Day and for the third year in a row Owens Community College is leading the celebration. The highly anticipated concert event will fill the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre with music at 7 p.m. May 6.
“This event got started because I expressed a need for it to Doug Mead, who at that time was the department chair,” said Fred Dais, Owens adjunct instructor in fine and performing arts and High School Honors Band Day and Concert event coordinator. “He agreed that it was a great idea and here we are. We send out a letter every year around February asking schools if they have students who’d be interested in participating. Our first year we had 42 students, last year we had 50 and this year we have around 80 students from 11 different schools. Many students keep coming back year after year at no cost to themselves or their school. High School Honors Band Day is designed to allow Northwest Ohio’s young and aspiring musicians to come together, learn from each other and experience the joy of music in a fun environment.”
Throughout the daylong event, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities in preparation for the High School Honors Band Concert, including seating auditions, full-band rehearsal and sectional-band rehearsal.
This year’s participating schools include Anthony Wayne, Eastwood, Elmwood, Emmanuel Christian, Lake, Maumee, North Baltimore, Rossford, Southview, Springfield and Whiteford.
Concert selections presented by the group will include “American Salute,” “New York: 1927,” “Sabre and Spurs March,” “Dances Americanesque,” “Southwest Saga” and a tribute to the Broadway “Jersey Boys” production. Community members serving as conductors during the concert are Owens School of Health Sciences Dean Doug Mead and recently retired Southview High School Band Director Tim Hoffman.
“We just want to get students as involved as possible. They’ve invested a lot of time and hard work and we want to let them know that there are band programs in their community beyond high school. You don’t even have to register for band at Owens — you can just come and play. Many community colleges are starting community bands to fill a void. Many kids don’t realize how much they’ll miss playing after they graduate and they shouldn’t have to.”
The concert is free and open to the public.
For more information, call (567) 661-7081 or visit www.owens.edu.