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School of Music to Host Honor Band 2017 This Weekend

Seventy-eight high school students representing 24 schools from seven states will arrive at Lee University this week for Honor Band 2017 and will present a concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Conn Center.

Dr. David Holsinger, director of the Lee University Wind Ensemble and acclaimed composer, will be the clinician for this year’s Honor Band.

“The Lee University Honor Band is always a wonderful weekend for the selected high school students,” said Lee’s Director of Instrumental Projects Winona Holsinger. “The ensemble is not as large as most honor bands, so the students feel as if they are making a contribution.”

The Honor Band will perform pieces by Béla Bartók, Morton Gould, Jacob De Haan, Pierre Leemans, John Phillip Sousa, and David Holsinger, a professor of music at Lee.

The students were selected for the Honor Band based upon information submitted by the students in addition to recommendations from their individual band directors. They will begin rehearsing Thursday evening, and rehearsals will continue through Saturday morning.

“These students are a pleasure to have on campus,” said Winona Holsinger. “They play well, rehearse hard, and are great students. We always enjoy hosting this event.”

Lee students will also perform during the weekend in the Honor Band Collage Concert on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. The performance will feature Lee’s Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Mark Bailey, professor of music at Lee; the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Alan Wyatt, assistant professor of music at Lee; and the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. David Holsinger.

Both concerts are free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

For more information about the Honor Band or the concerts, call (423) 614-8263 or email wholsinger@leeuniversity.edu.
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