Honors Band Festival

Honors Band

Join us for a weekend of high-level music making. The best high school band students from all over New York are invited to participate. Similar to the NYSSMA conference, students spend a weekend in rehearsals and sectionals preparing for their Sunday concert. We make sure there is time for lots of food and fun as well!


Friday, October 20th

6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Registration/Pizza Party
Cultural Life Center Lower Atrium 

7:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Admissions Talk
Cultural Life Center Shewan Recital Hall

7:20 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Sectional Rehearsals
Cultural Life Center / Cox Hall

9:20 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Games in Gymnasium or
Back to Dorms
Voller Athletic Center

11:00 p.m. - Depart back to dorms
North & South Campus Dorms

Saturday, October 21st

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
Cultural Life Center Lower Atrium 

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Rehearsal
Cultural Life Center Hale Auditorium

12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Lunch
Garlock Dining Commons

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Rehearsal
Cultural Life Center Hale Auditorium

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - Dinner
Garlock Dining Commons

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Music Scholarship Auditions (Interested Seniors Only)
Cultural Life Center Room 219

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Masterclass & Recital 
Cultural Life Center Shewan Recital Hall

8:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Movie Night / Back to Dorms
Cultural Life Center Shewan Recital Hall

Sunday, October 22nd

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Breakfast
Garlock Dining Commons

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Devotional (optional)
Cultural Life Center Shewan Recital Hall

10:35 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. - Survey/Interest Form
Cultural Life Center Shewan Recital Hall

10:55 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Dress Rehearsal
Cultural Life Center Hale Auditorium

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch
Garlock Dining Commons

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Get Dressed in Concert Attire
Cultural Life Center Bathrooms & Dressing Rooms

2:30 p.m. - Honors Band Festival Concert (free & open to the public)
Cultural Life Center Hale Auditorium


Meet the Director

music talent

Dr. Paul Shewan

Paul Shewan, Director of the Honors Band Festival, is Professor of Instrumental Music at Roberts Wesleyan College where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. He is also Professor of trumpet and conducting. He earned a BS in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, and both his MM in Trumpet Performance and DMA in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. Shewan is guest conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and numerous festival ensembles throughout the United States. He is a member of the trumpet section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and performs chamber music extensively throughout the Northeast. He has recorded as soloist and conductor on the Albany Record label.

Teacher Recommendation

Attention band teachers! We are looking for your exceptional and hard working students to participate in our honors festival. Using our Eventbrite registration site, please submit recommendations for all of your students who choose to apply. You will need to submit one recommendation per student. Your feedback is weighed heavily in the acceptance process. To submit your recommendations, visit TEACHER RECOMMENDATION. You can also email your recommendations to Jillian Lauritzson at Lauritzson_Jillian@roberts.edu if that is more convenient.

How Students Apply

Our application process is all online now! Visit: HONORS BAND STUDENT REGISTRATION to submit your application. Please make sure to fill out all of the information accurately and then click "complete registration" on the Eventbrite site.
Participation Fee:
Registration information must be submitted by Friday, September 8, 2017. A $90 participation fee will be due upon notification of acceptance. The fee covers all accommodations, meals, music and other expenses.

Discount available!

If you submit your information by Monday, June 26, 2017, the participation fee will be reduced to $75 if you are accepted.