Honors Band Festival

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Honors Band

February 2-3, 2024

Join us for an exciting experience of high-level music-making, where we invite the best high school band students from across the region to participate. This exciting festival challenges students’ musicianship as they work toward putting together a rigorous program. With some time for food and fun mixed in, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity. The event will culminate in a live concert in Hale Auditorium, and families are encouraged to attend! 

Meet the Director

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Dr. Paul Shewan

Paul Shewan, Director of the Honors Band Festival, is Professor of Instrumental Music at Roberts Wesleyan University, 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 University and both his MM in Trumpet Performance and DMA in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. Shewan is a 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.


Date: February 2-3, 2024

Concert: 3:00 p.m. February 3, 2024

Location: Cultural life Center, Roberts Wesleyan University.


Early Registration (before January 5th, 2024): $40.00

Regular Registration (ends January 19th, 2024): $50.00

Full scholarships are available on a first-come-first-serve basis to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please have your teacher email music@roberts.edu for more information!

Teacher Recommendation

Attention band teachers! We are looking for your exceptional and hard-working students to participate in our honors festival. Using our Google drive form, 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. A recommendation for each student is required. Students without a recommendation will not be considered.

How Students Apply

Students can complete the following registration form and have your teacher submit an online recommendation form.

Please reach out to music@roberts.edu with any questions!


Questions? Contact Sandra Godwin
Phone: (585) 594-6101
Email: music@roberts.edu

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