UW-Platteville to host Tri-State Honors Band Festival

January 23, 2017
Mark Camphouse

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The 12th annual University of Wisconsin-Platteville Tri-State Honors Band Festival concerts will take place Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11 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 is 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. This year, more than 135 high school students were nominated from 35 schools in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa to perform during the concerts. Of those students, 105 were selected to participate.

“UW-Platteville’s annual Tri-State Honors Band Festival provides high school band students the opportunity to work with a nationally recognized conductor/clinician and our UW-Platteville music faculty,” said Ellis. “They will rehearse for two days and perform a finale concert with Mark Camphouse, our guest conductor. Additionally, the students will engage with our music faculty in a sectional rehearsal and master class.”

Guest conductor/clinician Camphouse is conductor of the wind symphony and instructor of composition and conducting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During the festival, he and UW-Platteville music faculty will offer concerts, master classes, a reading band session and professional clinics. All rehearsals will be open, which will allow university music students to observe the guest conductor in rehearsal.

In addition, members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a composition composed by Camphouse under his baton. Students and directors will benefit from a clinic on oboe by Heather Huckleberry, professor of oboe at UW-Platteville, as well as a new music reading band session and a directors clinic conducted by Camphouse.

Camphouse received undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied composition with Alan Stout, conducting with John P. Paynter, and trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz. A scholarship from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago enabled him to study trumpet privately for two years with the late, legendary Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Emeritus, Adolph Herseth.

Camphouse’s 28 published works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently in the United States and abroad, in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall-Chicago and Royal Albert Hall-London. Camphouse served as guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 43 states, Canada, Europe and China. 

Friday’s Montage concert will feature solo and chamber music by UW-Platteville music faculty and Jazz I Ensemble. There is no charge for this concert; all are welcome.

For Saturday’s concert, Dr. Elaina Burns, professor of piano at UW-Platteville, will be the guest soloist with the UW-Platteville Symphonic Wind Ensemble, performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The Saturday concert also features the High School Festival Honors Band, conducted by Camphouse.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Call 608-342-1298 or 877-727-1CFA (toll free) or use the online Box Office at tickets.uwplatt.edu. Ticket are $5 for general admission. Call the University Box Office with questions or to request disability accommodations.

UW-Platteville Tri-State Honors Band faculty include: Hsing-I Ho, flute; Heather Huckleberry, oboe; Corey Mackey, clarinet; Dr. Barry Ellis, bassoon; Dan Fairchild, horn; Dr. David Cooper, trumpet; Dr. David Earll, low brass; and Keith Leinert, percussion.

For more information about the festival and schedule, go to /music/tri-state-honors-band-festival.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu


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