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October 01, 2018

Dear Director:

Southwestern Oklahoma State University will sponsor the 41st Annual All-Senior Honor Band (ASHB) on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The purpose of this band is to recognize outstanding seniors for their musical achievements. The ensemble will consist of seniors primarily from Oklahoma with some students from adjacent regions of Texas and Kansas. Students will be allowed to participate based on your recommendation. The students will audition for chair placement beginning at 8:30am (audition is by sight reading), rehearse during the day, and perform a concert at 7:00pm that evening. There is no charge for this concert. The dress for the day is casual and the concert attire is simply dress clothes.

Artist, clinician, composer, and conductor, Mr. Gary Gackstatter, and Mr. Marc Mueller, Director of Bands at SWOSU, are the conductors for this year’s Honor Band. Dynamic and enthusiastic, they will provide a rewarding and fun musical experience for your senior musicians! Additionally, rehearsals for the band start with a sectional led by SWOSU Music Faculty.

Registration Online! This year we are making registration for the ensemble even easier by having an online option. You may select as many seniors as you wish. Please have students that you recommend for the ensemble register by November 9th. The registration page can be found at the following web address: https://swosu.formstack.com/forms/allseniorhonorband. I have attached an invitation flyer with the registration link that you can pass out to your seniors. If you prefer to register students using paper, as it has been done in the past, I have attached a copy of the paper registration form as well, that you can return via email or fax.

I will send out audition times for each student during week leading up ASHB. Those students that would like to audition for a SWOSU music scholarship may want to do so while they are on campus for the Honor Band. They can indicate their intent do so on the registration form. There is no charge for participating in the Honor Band, and lunch is provided for each student during their midday break.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail. For more details on the event please navigate to: https://www.swosu.edu/academics/music/special-events.aspx. On behalf of the music faculty at SWOSU, I wish you a successful year. We hope to see you and many of your seniors on November 17!



Dr. Philip Martinson
Assistant Professor of Music, Trombone
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Berrong Music Hall 105/Phone: (580) 774-3719

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