High-School Honor Band

We are proud to announce that we are moving forward with plans for a ‘virtual’ honor band experience for your 10th-12th grade students.  While it won’t be the same as gathering in person we are hoping to provide an educational experience with some of the best in the state in our own unique way.  The event will be held on January 16, 2021 with the release of a virtual performance at the end of the day.

We hope to give students an opportunity to meet, connect, and learn in these challenging times.  Please do not hesitate to reach out directly to either myself or Amy with any questions.  Until then stay safe, be well, and if there is anything you need we are here!

How will this event be held virtually?
We will use two virtual platforms:

  1. Each student will be asked to record and submit two pieces (instructions and music will be sent upon registration)
  2. We will hold clinics on the day of the honor band using Zoom

What technology will be needed?
Each student should have access to some kind of recording equipment – it doesn’t need to be anything fancy. We can edit the video from a phone, tablet, computer, or any recording device.

For the Zoom sessions they will need:

  • Reliable, high-speed Internet access
  • A device with Zoom capabilities
  • We will ask that students have their camera on for portions of the event, but this is not a requirement

What music will the students be recording?

  • Thundering Stars – Sousa arr. Klesch/Hannum
  • Ritmo de aplausos – Michael Thursby

We will have a more finalized schedule posted soon but the current plan is to begin with a group meeting via Zoom at 10am and conclude with the release of our virtual ensemble video at 4pm. 

  • Scheduled Clinicians:
    • Amy Roisum-Foley – Conducting for ALL
    • Erin Holmes (Farmington HS) – Woodwind Methods
    • Ward Miller – Brass Methods
    • Michael Olson – Making Beats in a COVID world
    • David Gadberry – Folk Music, Percussion, and Guitar

For our virtual honor band the event will be 100% FREE!  We have gathered a group of top tier clinicians and will be working through the video solution using a budget previously determined by our institution.  This gives ALL students an option to participate without a cost barrier.

Registration will be very similar to the process in recent years using our online application format.  Applications must be received by Friday, December 4th. 

Our goal is to include as many students with interest this year – but they must be willing and able to complete the video recording portion.  To take a little work off of your shoulders once the application process is complete we will communicate directly with the students (please let them know this in advance.)

Register Now

Please Note:  Video submissions will need to completed and turned in by Friday, January 1st in order to be included in the virtual ensemble.  Instructions and music will be send directly to the students upon registration.

Meet Our Conductors:
The High School Honor Band will include approximately 125 musicians and be conducted by Dr. Amy K. Roisum Foley, Director of Bands and Professor Michael Thursby, Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion Studio.

  • Amy K. Roisum Foley is currently in her 17th year as the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she administrates and conducts the concert bands and chamber ensembles. Her teaching also includes graduate and undergraduate conducting, form and analysis, instrumental music education and applied clarinet. Roisum Foley has served as guest conductor and clinician for honor bands and festivals in the US, Canada and Europe.  Read more about Amy Roisum Foley.
  • Michael Thursby is the Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion at the Minnesota State University, Mankato where he teaches courses in percussion, music education, assists with the Minnesota State Mankato Instrumental Ensembles, and is Director of the Maverick ‘Machine’ Athletic Bands. Read more about Michael Thursby.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Roisum Foley or Michael Thursby.