Tri State Honors Band Festival

February 10-11, 2023

The annual University of Wisconsin-Platteville Tri-State Honors Band Festival provides rewarding music experiences for high school band students and directors. The two-day event includes clinics, master classes, rehearsals, and concerts led by a guest conductor/clinician and UW-Platteville music faculty.

Guest Clinician

Rubén Darío Gómez, Tri State Honors Band

Rubén Darío Gómez

Rubén Darío Gómez received his Doctor in Musical Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with emphasis in Wind Band Conducting and Composition. He also obtained his Master of Music from Middle Tennessee State University and his Bachelor in Music from Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia). 
Prior to his studies in the U.S, he taught at two universities in his country for twelve years and also worked as a national advisor in the band program for the Ministry of Culture, as well as a music director of his own school of music Corporación Cultural Mochila Cantora. He also developed a career as a composer, conductor, adjudicator, and pedagogue, that is widely recognized in his country as well as in many countries in Latin America. His pieces have been performed in Colombia, the United States, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela, and they have been published by important companies in Colombia, the United States, and Spain, such as Scoremusical, Piles, and Ludwig Masters. He has conducted professional, community, and honor bands and orchestras in Colombia, Peru, and the United States. 
Some of his most important awards include the National Music Prize in the category of Composition in Colombia, 2012, The National Scholarship for Colombians studying abroad in 2016, and more recently, he won the American Student Composer Competition held by the Met Winds in Boston. He is also a recipient of the Hixon-Lied Fellowship and the F. Pace Woods Scholarship, both offered by the Hixon-Lied College of Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 


  • Participating directors are requested to complete the director registration form. There is no registration fee for directors and we will buy your lunch and dinner on Friday. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend. Director's activities include observation of rehearsals by our clinicians, the low brass and director's clinic, concert attendance, and a luncheon on Saturday sponsored by West Music. If you need housing on Friday evening, the Holiday Inn Express in Platteville, and Country Inn and Suites are available. Director's spouses, parents, administrators, and others are cordially invited to attend all clinic events.

  • Eligibility

    Students enrolled in grades 9-12 must be nominated by their high school director. As the festival is designed for the more proficient and experienced instrumentalists, it is assumed the director will nominate his/her most capable players.

    Enrollment Procedure

    To recommend talented students interested in participating in the Tri-State Honors Band Festival, directors should use the student nomination form and provide concise comments regarding the students’ musical accomplishments. 


    Completed nomination forms due Jan. 6, 2023. Selected students from your school and finalized festival information will be forwarded to you by Jan 13, 2023. 

  • Fees

    To confirm a student’s nomination, they will be asked to register online. Specifics will follow in later correspondence. Please do not complete the student registration or pay the fee until after nominees are notified of their selection. The festival registration fees for students are as follows.    

    Residential fee: $150
    This includes all meals (lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday), housing, t-shirt, and complete supervision of your students.

    Commuter fee: $100
    This includes lunch and dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday for students who commute to the festival.

    Arrival and Departure

    Registration and chair placement auditions will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning. The final concert is Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

    Festival Placement Auditions

    After registration check-in, students will perform a brief audition on their festival music for chair placement within their assigned section.   

    Detailed Festival Information

    Accepted students will receive a complete description of the festival procedures (registration form, music, festival schedule, etc.) by Jan 13, 2023. These materials will be mailed to the director for distribution to the invited students.

    If you are interested in UW-Platteville for university study please let us know. If you would like to audition for the UW-Platteville Department of Music please bring two contrasting selections to play. We’ll set up an audition time for you on Friday. Please contact Daniel Rowland at Learn more about the audition process for music scholarships.