The Department of Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music sponsors the prestigious and exhilarating Frost Honor Bands Festival each year during the month of February. The Frost Honor Band Festival brings 180 talented high school instrumentalists from the State of Florida to the Frost School of Music campus for two-days of rehearsals, master classes by Frost School artist faculty, and a final concert.
A prominent conductor from the ranks of the finest university wind band conductors comes each year to guest conduct the Honor Wind Ensemble, Honor Symphonic Band, and Frost Wind Ensemble. The final concert is presented to a full house in Maurice Gusman Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Miami.
Invitation and Application Process:
October: Band directors throughout the State of Florida are invited to recommend high school students for the Honor Band Festival during the month of October.
November: An application is completed by the student, signed by their director, and returned to the Frost Honor Bands Festival Office in November.
December: Directors are notified of decisions regarding participation.
February: During a weekend in February, two full days of activities take place for selected students, including part and chair placement auditions, full ensemble rehearsals, and instrumental clinics by the artist faculty of the Frost School. All of these activities are open to directors.
There are two performing groups, a 52-member Festival Wind ensemble and a 100-member Festival Symphonic Band, conducted by outstanding guest conductors from across the country and from the Frost School of Music. The culminating event is a concert on Saturday evening.
Guest Conductor, Dr. David M. Booth
Dr. David M. Booth is professor of music and Director of Bands at Wright State University, where he serves as music director and conductor for the Wright State University Wind Symphony and Chamber Players, and instructs courses in instrumental conducting and music education. He has served in similar faculty appointments at Indiana State University and the University of Oregon. Over the years, ensembles under his direction have performed at state and regional conferences including OMEA state conferences in Oregon and Ohio, and have conducted several concert performance tours throughout the United States and Japan. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Booth has taught at all public school levels in the states of Idaho, Oregon, and Montana, and during the 1980s was particularly known for his achievements with the award-winning Sprague High School Band program of Salem, Oregon.