9th & 10th Grade Honor Band

Damien CrutcherProf. Damien Crutcher is a native Detroiter and a graduate of Cass Technical High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Conducting from the University of Michigan. Damien studied horn with Bryan Kennedy and Doug Campbell and Conducting with H. Robert Reynolds.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Damien served as Director of Bands and Orchestra at Southfield-Lathrup High School. Under his direction the Southfield-Lathrup ensembles, including the Lathrup Symphony Band have performed in San Francisco, Chicago, the Bahamas, the White House and Carnegie Hall. Many of his students from Southfield Lathrup are currently professional musicians, music teachers and artists across the country.

He is currently the co founder and CEO of Crescendo Detroit. Crescendo Detroit is a nonprofit who’s mission is to transform the lives of school age children, ages 5-18, in Detroit, by engaging kids in intense instrumental music, vocal music and dance programs that promote artistic excellence and character building. It is the goal of Crescendo Detroit to create a neighborhood to college pipeline using the arts.

Damien is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout Michigan and Ohio and also serves as the conductor of the Farmington Community Band and the DSO’s Dettoit Community Concert Band.


11th & 12th Grade Honor Band

Sarah McKoin

Dr. Sarah McKoin is the Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at Texas Tech University.  Her responsibilities include Conductor and Musical Director of the TTU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, administrating the graduate program in wind conducting, teaching conducting and wind literature, and overseeing all facets of the University band program, which includes 5 concert bands, the 400 member Goin’ Band from Raiderland, and other athletic bands.

Under Dr. McKoin’s direction, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform for the third time at the 2017 Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and has been featured at the Southwest Regional Conference for the College Band Director’s National Association in Las Cruces, NM.  Dr. McKoin’s ensemble has recorded world premiere recordings of the wind music of Chen Yi on the Naxos label released in 2015, as well as Narong Prangcharoen’s work Chakra on his compilation CD entitled “Phenomenon,” released on the Albany label.

Dr. McKoin maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Recently, she served as a clinician for a band festival in Thailand, and has worked for the Asian Pacific American School Honor Band in Guangzhou, China comprised of 100 students from Korea, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Kuala Lampur, Shanghai and other Southeast Asian cities.  She has guest conducted in Taipei, Taiwan and has traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to serve as producer for the world premiere recording of Roberto Sierra’s Fantasia Correliana with the Castellani-Andriaccio guitar duo.

Prior to her appointment at Texas Tech, Professor McKoin was the Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and held appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia. Additionally, McKoin spent nine summers in residence on the conducting faculty at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina as the Director of the Transylvania Wind Ensemble, and has taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Dr. McKoin holds her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin as well as degrees from Wichita State University and Michigan State University. She has served as President of the Southwest Division of the College Band Director’s National Association as well as President of the Big 12 Band Director’s Association.  She is a member of TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Application and Recording Instructions for Students

Students will complete an online application and upload a digital audition recording (.mp3) with 3 to 5 minutes of playing. Please consolidate recordings into one sound file to upload. You may perform any music you wish – a solo, an etude or study, or even a melodic excerpt from a piece of band music (standard solos and etudes are best). You should consult with your band director or private teacher for help in choosing the piece(s) you can play well.

Percussionists are asked to perform on three instruments: snare drum (first on the recording), a keyboard percussion instrument – if possible (second), and on timpani (last). Percussionists who only play one instrument, just snare drum – for example, should not be discouraged from sending in an application.

Other recording instructions include:

  1. Any type of digital recorder will do: computer, hand-held recorder, iPhone, iPad, tablet, etc.
  2. Before you begin to play, state your name, instrument, grade, and school.
  3. Label the audition file with your name and instrument.
  4. Only one player per recording.
  5. You may take several tries, if you wish, at recording a fine performance. If you make mistakes, just start over from the beginning.
  6. Test your recording before uploading the file. Be sure it’s not blank!

Applications and audition recordings must be submitted online no later than Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Sample Schedule

THURSDAY
6:30–7:10 p.m.Arrive at UNCG
9-10 Band report to Music Building Lobby & check-in; receive, schedule, name tag, etc.
11-12 Band report to UNCG Auditorium
7:15–9:15 p.m.Honor Band Rehearsal – please be on time!
Concert Band, Grade 9-10 in Room 111 of Music Bldg.
Symphonic Band, Grade 11-12 in UNCG Auditorium
FRIDAY
8:30–10:00 a.m.Honor Band Rehearsal (same location as Thursday night)
10:00–10:20 a.m.Break
10:20–11:45 a.m.Honor Band Rehearsal
11:45 a.m.–1:05 p.m.Lunch at UNCG Dining Hall (included in fee)
1:05–2:30 p.m.Honor Band Rehearsal
2:35–3:45 p.m.Instrumental Clinics with UNCG School of Music Faculty
3:45–4:00 p.m.Break
4:00–5:00 p.m.Honor Band Rehearsal
5:00–6:00 p.m.Dinner at UNCG Dining Hall (included in fee)
6:00–7:00 p.m.Honor Band Rehearsal
7:30–9:00 p.m.UNCG Wind Ensemble Concert, UNCG Auditorium
SATURDAY
9:00–11:30 a.m.Honor Band Rehearsal (locations switch)
11:30 a.m.Change into concert clothes, check out of hotel, have lunch on your own
2:00 p.m.Honor Band Concerts in UNCG Auditorium (open to the public)
Concert Band, Grades 9-10
Symphonic Band, Grades 11-12
Concert dress will be “Sunday dress clothes.” No band uniforms or tuxedos.

Clinics for students on all instruments will be presented on Friday afternoon by members of the UNCG School of Music Faculty:

  • Dr. Erika Boysen, flute
  • Dr. Ashley Barret, oboe
  • Dr. Michael Burns, bassoon
  • Dr. Anthony Taylor and Dr. Andy Hudson, clarinet
  • Dr. Steven Stusek, saxophone
  • Dr. Abigail Pack, horn
  • Dr. Garrett Klein, trumpet
  • Dr. Randy Kohlenberg, trombone
  • Dr. Justin Worley, tuba & euphonium
  • Dr. Eric Willie, percussion
  • Prof. Craig Brown, double bass

2020

Clinic cancelled due to inclement weather

2019

9-10 Band – Catherine Rand, University of Southern Mississippi

Amparito Roca – Jaime Texidor
Aria di Chiesa – Alessandro Stradella
Arabian Dances – Brian Balmages
Second Prelude – George Gershwin
For The New Day Arise – Steve Barton

11-12 Band – Col. Michael Colburn, Butler University, “The President’s Own” US Marine Band

The Free Lance – John Philip Sousa
An American Elegy – Frank Ticheli
Conga del Fuego Nuevo – Arturo Márquez
Second Suite in F for Military Band – Gustav Holst

2018

9-10 Band – Elizabeth Peterson, University of Illinois

Joy Revisited – Frank Ticheli
Colorado Peaks – Dana Wilson
Rhosymedre – Ralph Vaughan Williams
In The Forest of the King – Pierre LaPlante
Americans We – Henry Fillmore

11-12 Band – Stephen Peterson, University of Illinois

Romanian Overture – Thomas Doss
Shortcut Home – Dana Wilson
Rest – Frank Ticheli
The Black Horse Troop – John Philip Sousa
The Hounds of Spring – Alfred Reed

2017

9-10 Band – Stuart Sims, California State University, Stanislaus

Charm – Kevin Puts
Melodious Thunk – David Biedenbender
Second Suite in F for Military Band – Gustav Holst

11-12 Band – Col. Lowell Graham, University of Texas at El Paso, U.S. Air Force Band

Satiric Dances – Norman Dello Joio
Grace – Brian Balmages
Journey Through Orion – Julie Giroux
National Emblem – E.E. Bagley arr. Loras Schissel

2016

9-10 Band – Damon Talley, Louisiana State University

Shine – Michael Markowski
Simple Gifts – Frank Ticheli
Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) – Eric Whitacre
His Honor – Henry Fillmore
An American Elegy – Frank Ticheli
Undertow – John Mackey
March Hongroise – Hector Berlioz (arr. Yo Goto)

11-12 Band – Russell Mikkelson, The Ohio State University

The Footlifter – Henry Fillmore (ed. Richard Blatti)
A Movement for Rosa – Mark Camphouse
Fantasy on a Theme by Sousa – Andrew Boysen, Jr.

2015

9-10 Band – Terry Austin, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dublin Dances – Jan Van der Roost
Sheltering Sky – John Mackey
Echoes of the Hollow Square – Johnny Vinson
Imperial Edward – John Philip Sousa
Mazama – Jay Chattaway
Miniature Overture – Jack Stamp

11-12 Band – John R. Locke & Kevin M. Geraldi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Gandalf from Lord of the Rings – Johan de Meij
Vesuvius – Frank Ticheli
Dusk – Steven Bryant
Valdres – Johannes Hanssen

2014

Clinic cancelled due to inclement weather

2013

9-10 Band – Bruce Moss, Bowling Green State University

Fanfare for the Centennial – Ryan Nowlin
Puszta – Jan Van der Roost
A Tribute to Grainger – Arr. Ragsdale
Dusk – Steven Bryant
On the Hudson – Edwin Franko Goldman

11-12 Band – Frank Wickes, Emeritus, Louisiana State University

The Diplomat – John Philip Sousa
When Jesus Wept – William Schuman
Firefly – Ryan George
Italian Rhapsody – Julie Giroux

2012

9-10 Band – Mark Camphouse, George Mason University

Air Mobility Command March – Mark Camphouse
The Witch and The Saint – Steven Reineke
Three London Miniatures – Mark Camphouse
II. For England’s Rose
The Fighting 99th Concert March – William Camphouse

11-12 Band – Eugene Corporon, University of North Texas

Scarecrow Overture – Joseph Turrin
San Antonio Dances – Frank Ticheli
Arirang and Akatonbo – Chang Su Koh

2011

9-10 Band – Sue Samuels, University of Alabama Birmingham

Bravura – Charles Edward Duble
Rejouissance – James Curnow
Galop – Dmitri Shostakovich
Song for Lyndsay – Andrew Boysen

11-12 – Richard Floyd, University of Texas

Canzona Bergamasca – Samuel Scheidt
Spangled Heavens – Donald Grantham
Second Prelude – George Gershwin
Undertow – John Mackey

2010

9-10 Band – Rodney Dorsey, University of Michigan

Flourish for Wind Band – Vaughan Williams
Lindbergh Variations – Sheldon
No Shadow of Turning – Gillingham
Llwyn Onn – Hogg
Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo – Arnold/Paynter

11-12 Band – Gary Green, University of Miami

Japanese Tune – Konagaya
Lux Arumque – Eric Whitacre
Angels in the Architecture – Frank Ticheli

2009

9-10 Band – Eric Wilson, Baylor University

Suite Provençal – Jan Van Der Roost
A Longford Legend – Robert Sheldon
Rollo Takes a Walk – David Maslanka
Amazing Grace – William Himes
Themes from “Green Bushes” – Percy Grainger
Folk Dances – Dmitri Shostakovich/Reynolds

11-12 Band – Frank Ticheli, Composer/Conductor, University of Southern California

Alligator Alley – Michael Daugherty
Loch Lomond – Frank Ticheli
Children’s March – Percy Grainger/Rogers
Vesuvius – Frank Ticheli

2008

9-10 Band – Brian Doyle, Crane School of Music

Intrada Jubilante – David Gillingham
Two Grainger Melodies – Percy Grainger/Kreines
Hebrides Suite – Clare Grundman
Fortress – Frank Ticheli

11-12 Band – Don Wilcox, Emeritus, West Virginia University

Rakoczy March – Hector Berlioz/arr. Reed
Husaria Cavalry Overture – Julie Giroux
Two Movements from the “Vespers” – Sergei Rachmaninnoff/arr. Wilcox
“Apollo Unleashed” from Symphony No. 2 – Frank Ticheli
“Ragtime” from Divertimento For Band – Ira Hearshen
Troopers Tribunal – Henry Fillmore

2007

9-10 Band – Scott Teeple, University of Wisconsin

The Corcoran Cadets – John Philip Sousa/ed. Fennell
When the Stars Began to Fall – Fred Allen
Hebrides Suite – Clare Grundman
Canticle – Bruce Pearson
Different Voices – Rick Kirby
Second Suite in F – Gustav Holst

11-12 Band – Kevin Sedatole, Michigan State University

Nitro – Frank Ticheli
March and Cortege from Bacchus – Leo Delibes/arr. Kreines
Dancing at Stonehenge – Anthony Suter
Pacem – Robert Spittal
A Slavic Farewell – Vasily Agapkin/arr. Bourgeois

2006

9-10 Band – Marcellus Brown, Boise State University

Fantasy on a Theme by Sousa – Andrew Boysen Jr.
Old Churches – Michael Colgrass
Courtly Airs and Dances – Ron Nelson
Holiday for Band – Melvin Shelton
Elegy – Melvin Shelton
On the Mall – Edwin F. Goldman

11-12 Band – Michael Haithcock, University of Michigan

Black Horse Troop – John Philip Sousa
Sanctuary – Ticheli
Candide Suite – Leonard Bernstein/arr. Grundman

2005

9-10 Band – Timothy Rhea, Texas A&M University

The Drunken Sailor – Grant Hull
Down a Country Lane – Aaron Copland/arr. Patterson
Variations on a Korean Folk Song – John Barnes Chance
The Trombone King – Karl L. King

11-12 Band – Tom Fraschillo, University of Southern Mississippi

“Parade” from Pacific Celebration – Roger Nixon
March Slav – Tchaikovsky/arr. Laurendeau
Colossus of Columbia – Russell Alexander
Battle Hymn of the Republic – Luigi Zaninelli

2004

9-10 Band – Julian White, Florida A&M

Freischutz Quickstep – Claudio Grafulla/arr. Fry
Prairie Song – Carl Strommen
Purgatorio – Robert W. Smith
Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 – Alexander Scriabin/arr. Reed
A Festival Prelude – Alfred Reed

11-12 Band Selections – Tom Leslie, UNLV

Fanfare and Hymn of Brotherhood – Jay Bocook
Inn of the Sixth Happiness – Malcolm Arnold/ arr. Suzuki
October – Eric Whitacre
Rushmore – Alfred Reed
Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite – Karl King
Introit – Fisher Tull

2003

9-10 Band – John Carmichael, Western Kentucky University

Sun Dance – Frank Ticheli
Bullets and Bayonets March – John Philip Sousa
Three London Miniatures – Mark Camphouse
A Longford Legend – Robert Sheldon
Celtic Hymns and Dances – Eric Ewazen
Still Wie Die Nacht – Karl Böhm/arr. Richard

11-12 Band – Gary Hill, Arizona State University

Smetana Fanfare – Karel Husa
Second Suite in F for Military Band – Gustav Holst
Song for Band – William Bolcom
Vesuvius – Frank Ticheli
Foshay Tower Washington Memorial March – John Philip Sousa/arr. Dorff
Fanfares from Libuse – Bedrich Smetana/arr. Nelhybel
Blessed Are They – Johannes Brahms/arr. Buehlman

2002

9-10 Band – Hal Cooper, Arkansas Tech University

American Fanfare – John Wasson
American River Songs – Pierre LaPlante
Colonial Airs and Dances – Ron Nelson
My Jesus, Oh What Anguish – J. S. Bach/trans. Reed
A Galop to End All Galops – Warren Barker
Chant and Jubilo – W. Francis McBeth
Poem – John Tatgenhorst

11-12 Band – Ray Cramer, Indiana University

Fiesta! – Philip Sparke
Be Thou My Vision – David R. Gillingham
Königsmarsch – Richard Strauss/arr. Barret
Puszta – Jan Van der Roost
Suite from the Opera “Merry Mount” – Howard Hanson/ arr. Boyd
Pathfinder of Panama – John Philip Sousa/arr. Byrne
Dance of the Jesters – Peter I. Tchaikovsky/arr. Cramer

2001

9-10 Band – Steven Gage, Youngstown State University

Fairest of the Fair March – John Philip Sousa
Cenotaph – Jack Stamp
Folk Song Suite – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Major – J. S. Bach/trans. by Moehlman
Snakes! – Thomas C. Duffy
Yorkshire Ballad – James Barnes

11-12 Band – Gary Green, University of Miami

Japanese Tune – Soichi Konagaya
And Can It Be? – David R. Gillingham
S’isch Äbe-n-e Münsch uf Ärde – Traditional/arr. Rüedi
Watchman, Tell Us of the Night – Mark Camphouse
Dance of the Jesters – Peter I. Tchaikovsky/arr. Cramer

2000

9-10 Band – Linda Moorhouse, LSU

Children of the Regiment March – Julius Fucik/arr. Bourgeois
Shenandoah – Frank Ticheli
Rikudim – Jan Van der Roost
Folksongs for Band, Suite No. 3 – David Stanhope
Movement II- “Droylsden Wakes
The Chosen Place – Fred Strum
God of Our Fathers – Claude T. Smith

11-12 Band – Ken Bloomquist, Michigan State University Emeritus

Fortress – Frank Ticheli
Symphony No. 1 – Daniel Bukvich
Amazing Grace – William Himes/arr. Maldonado
Satiric Dances – Norman Dello Joio
Emblem of Unity March – J.J. Richard/arr. Swearingen