7th Annual Honor Band

The Shepherd University Department of Music is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual Honor Band Program to be held Saturday, January 15 through Monday, January 17, 2011, on Martin Luther King weekend. The Honor Band Program continues to grow in popularity and this year another great turnout is anticipated. Area high school band directors are invited to submit recommendations of their finest students for this fantastic opportunity to represent their school in an experience that will allow them to make great music with other talented and serious musicians their age.

Honor Band participants will create great music with other serious high school musicians from the four-state area, participating in three days of intense music and culminating in a concert on Monday, January 17, 2011, that is open to the public. They will benefit from master classes and clinics from Shepherd University's outstanding music faculty, as well as guest conductor Sally Wagner. In addition, participants will be able to being able to ask questions and learn from the fine musicians at Shepherd University, they will learn from a presentation of "How to Apply for College"-a workshop constantly praised by students, parents and teachers alike that is geared to all college-bound students, regardless of their expected major.

Sally S. Wagner is Director of Bands at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she conducts four concert bands and the Dixieland Combo. During her 29 years at the school, her bands have earned a reputation for superior musicianship and performance standards, and have been recognized as outstanding by respected adjudicators at local, national and international music festivals.

Ms. Wagner is an MENC Nationally Registered Music Educator. She received the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator Award, Excellence in Teaching Awards from Prince George's County Public Schools, the County Council, the Maryland House of Delegates and the Governor of Maryland, and was recognized in 1994 by the University of Maryland Center for Teaching Excellence. In 2001 she was cited in School Band and Orchestra Magazine as one of "50 Directors who make a Difference" and received the Maryland Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Teacher Award. In 2006 she received the National Honor Society Outstanding Teacher Award and the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award. She earned degrees from Michigan State University and The University of Delaware, and is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Women Band Directors International, Maryland Music Educators Association and Maryland Band Directors Association. She is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor and writes articles for The Woman Conductor and BandWorld Magazine.

Dr. Mark McCoy is the Chair of the Department of Music at Shepherd University where he conducts the Shepherd Wind Ensemble, the Shepherd Orchestra and directs the marching band. Dr. McCoy earned a Bachelor's degree from Shepherd (then College), a Master's Degree at the Peabody Conservatory and a Ph.D. at Texas Tech University. Dr. McCoy is very active as a conductor and guest conductor and has led many county, region, district and all-state groups throughout the US. During his tenure, the Shepherd Wind Ensemble has been in great demand, receiving invitations to perform in Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. In 2005 the Wind Ensemble was selected to perform as part of the concert season at Carnegie Hall. Dr. McCoy was the founding conductor of the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra (now the Shepherd Orchestra). He is also the conductor of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, a professional, resident chamber orchestra that performs regularly in the Eastern Panhandle and has met with wide acclaim. Dr. McCoy was the director of Jazz Studies at Shepherd University for ten years. Under his direction, the Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble played for political leaders in the state of West Virginia and in the United States Congress. Dr. McCoy toured nationally and internationally with his jazz groups, including the "Ellington Centenary Tribute Tour" throughout the US, France and England and the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival in the summer of 2003.

Deadline to receive recommendations from band directors is October 1st. Band Directors can download recommendation forms here. High school seniors who are considering entering the Shepherd University Department of Music are also invited to apply. The application deadline for students to register for the Seventh Annual Honor Band is November 15th. For more information or questions call Esperanza Alzona, Operations Manager, Shepherd University Department of Music, 304-876-5711 or ealzona@shepherd.edu, or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.