Band Festival is an optional annual event for students who have had one year of band experience or more. Students from all of our Encore Ensembles schools come together to create one large ensemble. The students receive the music, rehearse all day, and put on a concert that same afternoon. As our band programs are smaller than traditional bands, this provides a great educational opportunity for students to experience what it feels like to play in a band with 60+ other students!
Friday, November 3, 2017:
St. John's Lutheran School
9141 County Road 101
Corcoran, MN 55340
Who: All students who have had one or more years of band experience.
Times: Check-in 8:30am-2:30pm; Concert 2pm
Solo & Ensemble Contests
Solo and Ensemble Contest is an optional annual event for every band student who wants to perform a solo or a small ensemble (duet, trio, quartet, etc.). The student(s) will play in front of a judge who will provide them with feedback and ideas for how to improve their playing. This is a great experience to receive feedback from someone besides your own teacher! This year we are opening an invitation to piano students as well! Talk to your teacher or contact Eighty Eight Notes to learn more.
Saturday, February 24, 2018:
Transfiguration Catholic School
6135 15th St. N
Oakdale, MN 55128
Honor Band is an annual event for students who are nominated by their band director. The Encore Ensembles music educators nominate students who are ready for a challenge musically within their bands. You will receive notifications in January. Students are then expected to prepare an audition which will be reviewed by Encore Ensembles' staff. This allows the staff to assign students to different parts and in different chairs within the section – for example trumpet 1 as opposed to trumpet 2. Nominations go out early February.
Saturday, April 21 2018:
2400 Dale St. N
Roseville, MN 55113
Who: Students who have been nominated by their teacher to participate.
Times: Check-in starts at 8:30am; Rehearsal goes until 4:30pm; Concert 7:00pm
Other Info: Students need to bring their own lunches.