The Honor Concert Band is an honors ensemble that performs annually at the IMEA Professional Development Conference. It is comprised of high school students selected from a pool of nominations sent in by IMEA Member Band Directors. This prestigious performing ensemble works with a top clinician from around the country and gives students an opportunity to play with other high caliber students from throughout the state.
IMEA Professional Development Conference, January 11-13, 2018
Rehearsals will begin Thursday evening on the 11th
Performance will take place Saturday January 13th
Robert W. Smith, conductor
Robert W. Smith (b. 1958) is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today. He has over 600 publications in print with the majority composed and arranged through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications and the Belwin catalog.
Mr. Smith’s credits include many compositions and productions in all areas of the music field. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Asia. His Symphony #1 (The Divine Comedy), Symphony #2 (The Odyssey), Symphony #3 (Don Quixote), Inchon and Africa: Ceremony, Song and Ritual have received worldwide critical acclaim. His educational compositions such as The Tempest, Encanto, and The Great Locomotive Chase have become standards for developing bands throughout the world.
Mr. Smith’s music has received extensive airplay on major network television as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures. From professional ensembles such as the United States Navy Band, United States Air Force Band, Boston Pops and the Atlanta Symphony to school bands and orchestras throughout the world, his music speaks to audiences in any concert setting. As a conductor, clinician and keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has performed throughout North America, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. His music has been recorded by various ensembles and is available on CD and download through iTunes, Amazon, and other recorded music outlets.
Mr. Smith is the President/CEO of RWS Music Company, exclusively distributed through C. L. Barnhouse. In addition, he is currently teaching in the Music Industry program at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. His teaching responsibilities are focused in music composition, production, publishing and business.
125 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
The fee for each student is $183. This cost includes hotel housing and meals during the rehearsal period.
Student Musician Selection
The philosophy of the IMEA Honor Band is a little different from a typical “auditioned” all-state group. We are interested in getting as many schools represented as possible while still maintaining the highest quality of personnel. We do not guarantee we will take one student from each school but will attempt to get as many schools represented as possible. Directors may nominate up to 4 students per school. The following criterion will be used by the IMEA Honor Band selection committee:
- A student’s participation in the ISSMA Solo/ Ensemble contest (Group I solo, Gold rating level at State will be given the greatest consideration. Difficulty of solo literature is considered as well list titles)
- A student’s previous participation in the IMEA Honor Band or other state honor bands (IBA All-state Band, IBA All-district, college all-state ensembles, community ensembles, etc.)
- Whether or not the student studies privately on his/her instrument, and if so, for how long, etc.
- Grade level is considered, with priority given to upperclassmen.
- Your recommendation as their director. Please be honest and consistent.
In order to nominate students to the Honor Band, you must be an IMEA member
When you are ready to nominate students, please ensure you have all the information listed above for each student. The Honor Band Student Data Collection Form can be distributed to students so that you can collect their information.
Directors must complete their nominations online. When you have all of the relevant information collected you can visit our nomination form here.
Nominations must be submitted by November 15, 2017.
We welcome and encourage parents to attend the Honor Band concert at no additional fee!
Contact the IMEA office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Honor Band Student Data Collection Form PDF – 22 KB