Tri-State Honors Band Festival set for Feb. 13-14

January 26, 2015
Gary P. Gilroy

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The ninth annual University of Wisconsin-Platteville Tri-State Honors Band Festival concerts will take place on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall, Center for the Arts. The concerts are open to the public.

The festival will be hosted by Dr. Barry Ellis, director of bands at UW-Platteville, and Matthew Gregg, associate director of bands at UW-Platteville.

The annual honors band festival provides music experiences for high school band students and directors. More than 110 high school students were nominated from 28 schools to perform during the concerts. Of those students, 82 were selected to perform.

“UW-Platteville’s annual Tri-State Honors Band Festival provides high school band students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with a nationally known conductor/clinician and work closely with our music faculty in a sectional rehearsal and master class,” said Ellis. “For many, this may be their first experience playing side by side with students outside of their own schools.”

On Friday evening, there will be a montage concert featuring UW-Platteville music faculty and Jazz I Ensemble. There is no charge for this concert.

The Saturday concert will feature UW-Platteville’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Festival Honors Band. The guest soloists with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will include UW-Platteville music faculty members Corey Mackey, Dr. David Cooper, Rob Shepherd, John Christiansen and Keith Lienert as well as Marty Busch, a professional area musician and UW-Plattteville alum, and Chase Pebworth, a senior music major at UW-Platteville from Cassville, Wis. The ensemble will perform “Playing with Fire” by Frank Ticheli, a concerto for concert band and seven-piece Dixieland jazz band. Admission for Saturday’s concert is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The guest conductor/clinician will be Gary P. Gilroy, a professor of music and director of bands at California State University in Fresno, Calif. and a nationally recognized conductor/clinician. During the festival, Gilroy and UW-Platteville music faculty will offer concerts, master classes, a reading session and professional clinics. All rehearsals are open, which allows university music students to observe the guest conductor in rehearsal.

In 1993, Gilroy was appointed associate director of bands and director of the Bulldog Marching Band. After 13 years in this position, he became director of bands in 2006. Prior to this appointment, he served for a decade as director of bands at Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto, Calif., where his band was awarded several national honors as well as the International Sudler Shield Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Gilroy also served as faculty at California State University, Stanislaus. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.

For more information about the festival and schedule, go to

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities.

The Tri-State Honors Band Festival aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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