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honor band festival performance

6th Annual Honor Band Festival

Directed by Dr. John LaCognata, the sixth annual UNCW Honor Band Festival (Thursday-Friday, Dec. 3-5, 2015) saw it's largest participation yet, receiving 340 nominations from 42 schools, of which 207 students were invited to participate, based on their musical accomplishments and their director's assessment and recommendation. Following auditions held the first night of the festival; students were divided into two bands and worked with either Dr. LaCognata or guest conductor Tom Jenner (Millbrook High School band director, Raleigh, N.C.). The festival included concerts by UNCW Jazz Ensemble I on Thursday, UNCW Chamber Winds (featuring a performance by Dr. Helena Spencer, bassoon) and UNCW Wind Symphony on Friday, and a finale concert by festival participants on Saturday. The festival also included full ensemble rehearsals, master classes by Department of Music applied faculty, and a tour of campus led by Department of Music students. Participating schools included: Burns High School, Cary Academy, Cedar Ridge High School, Central Academy of Technology and Art, Charlotte Catholic High School, Coastal Christian High School, Cuthbertson High School, E.A. Laney High School (Bob Pearson, band director: B.M., music education '05), East Rowan High School, East Wake High School, Eugene, Ashley High School, Forestview High School, Fuquay-Varina High School, Garner Magnet High School, Gates County High School, Green Hope High School, Heide Trask High School, Lejeune High School, Millbrook High School, NC School of Science and Mathematics, New Hanover High School, North Brunswick High School, Northside High School, Overhills High School, Pender High School, Ravenscroft School, Roanoke Rapids High School, Rolesville High School (Les Turner, band director: B.M., music education '03), Salisbury High School, South Brunswick High School, Southern Alamance High School, Southern Wayne High School, Sun Valley High School, Topsail High School, Wallace-Rose Hill High School (David Phillips, band director: B.A., music '99), West Rowan High School, Wheatmore High School. Each year, music students and other members of UNCW Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds contribute to the success of the festival by assisting with check-in, auditions, master classes and all other logistics.

Tuba Christmas Carols
Tuba Christmas Carols

On Dec. 6, 2015, Dr. Daniel Johnson (tuba) directed the 12th annual Tuba Christmas Carols concert at Independence Mall in Wilmington, featuring performances by the Port City Tuba Quartet and the Cape Fear Tuba Ensemble. A week later, the ensembles performed at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) as part of the North Myrtle Beach Community Band Concert. Featuring UNCW students, alumni and members of the community, Tuba Christmas Carols is a popular holiday tradition in the Carolinas.

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OLLI New Horizons Band

The OLLI New Horizons Band performed on Dec. 7 in Kenan Auditorium. Conducted by Dr. John LaCognata, the program included: Joseph Compello: Scholastics March; James Curnow: Variants on an Early American Hymn Tune; Brian Balmages: Moscow, 1941; Michael Oare: Crossroads; Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite; Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride, and Jingle Bells Forever and A Christmas Scrapbook. New Horizons Band of Wilmington, in cooperation with the UNCW Department of Music and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, provides an opportunity for adults of all ages to make music in a concert band format. Experienced musicians and beginners alike are invited to participate. For those just beginning to play, or playing again for the first time in many years, guidance is provided. The OLLI New Horizons Band is a member of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), which began in 1991 when Roy Ernst, the founder of NHIMA, saw a need to provide adults an entry point for music making, no matter their experience level. Read more about the UNCW New Horizons Band story.

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