High-School Honor Band

We are accepting student registrations for the High-School Honor Band to be held Friday, February 7, 2020 on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Honor Band is open to all deserving students in grades 10-12. The day will include full ensemble rehearsals, side-by-side rehearsals with University students, performances by our Instrumental Ensembles, and teacher workshops applied faculty and music majors.

Each director is encouraged to submit up to 6 students on any wind or percussion instrument, as well as piano and string bass. Registration forms are due by Monday, November 18, 2019. Upon completion of the registration form, you will receive an email notification. Please make sure to contact us if you do not receive a confirmation email acknowledging your student registrations.

On the registration form, please make sure to list each student’s full name and their specific instrument, i.e., Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Treble Clef Baritone, including areas of strength for your Percussionists.

We will send out one electronic folder including each selection of music by student approximately four weeks prior to the event. Every school that submits a registration form will be represented on stage. 

Medical Form:
Each participating student must complete and submit a medical form on the day of the Honor Band.

The registration fee is $25/student. The cost includes all activities for the day, lunch, and a certificate. Payment can be made on the day of Honor Band or you can send a check in advance to the Department of Music, c/o: Amy Roisum Foley, 202 Earley Center for Performing Arts, Mankato, MN 56001.

Please let us know if your students require financial assistance. We would not want any student to miss this special day due to financial reasons.

8:00-8:30am:     Registration (Centennial Student Union Ballroom)
8:30-8:45am:     Welcome (Centennial Student Union Ballroom)
8:45-10:00am:   Rehearsal 1 (Centennial Student Union Ballroom)
10:00-10:15am: ***BREAK***
10:15-11:50am: Director Clinics (Earley Center for Performing Arts - PA 101)
10:15-11:50am: Rehearsal 2 (Centennial Student Union Ballroom)
12:00-12:45pm: Lunch (Carkoski Commons Dining Center)
12:45-1:45pm:   Sectionals (Earley Center for Performing Arts & Centennial Student Union Ballroom)
1:45-2:00pm:     Special Performance (Earley Center for Performing Arts - PA 250)
2:05-3:00pm:     Rehearsal 3 (Centennial Student Union Ballroom)
3:00-3:10pm:     ***BREAK***Wind Ensemble joins the Group 
3:10-4:00pm:     Joint rehearsal with Wind Ensemble (Centennial Student Union Ballroom)
4:00-4:30pm:     ***BREAK***Move Coats and Cases
4:30-5:15pm:     Concert (Centennial Student Union Ballroom)
5:30-6:00pm:     Reception (Centennial Student Union Ballroom)

Director Clinic:
We will host an experienced director panel for our instrumental music education majors from 10:00 am -12:00. If you are interested in sharing your experiences and perspectives with our prospective music teachers, please indicate your interest on the registration form. Historically, this has been a very rewarding experience for teachers and students.

Conflicts or Inclement Weather:
If a student conflict should develop, please contact us as soon as possible so that we might contact an alternate student. If there is inclement weather on the day of the event, all ensemble directors will be notified by 6:00am via cell phone and email. You can contact Dr. Roisum Foley directly at (612) 360-7440 if you have any questions or concerns.

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.