High school musicians sought for Shepherd U. honor band program

September 27, 2010
  • Sally Wagner
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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Department of Music will hold its seventh annual Honor Band Program from Saturday, Jan. 15, to Monday, Jan. 17, as part of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

The program continues to grow in popularity and this year another good turnout is expected.

Area high school band directors are invited to submit recommendations of their finest students for an opportunity to represent their school in an experience that will allow them to perform with other musicians their age.

The event will culminate with a concert Jan. 17 that will be open to the public. Students will benefit from master classes and clinics from Shepherd University's music faculty, as well as guest conductor Sally Wagner.

In addition, participants will be able to ask questions and learn from the musicians at Shepherd University. They also will hear a presentation on how to apply for college - a workshop praised by students, parents and teachers that is geared to all college-bound students, regardless of their expected major.


Wagner is director of bands at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., where she conducts four concert bands and the Dixieland Combo.

During her 29 years at the school, her bands have earned a reputation for superior musicianship and performance standards, and have been recognized as outstanding by respected adjudicators at local, national and international music festivals.

Recommendations from band directors should be sent in as soon as possible.

High school seniors who are considering entering the Shepherd University Department of Music are also invited to apply.

The application deadline for students to register for the honor band is Nov. 15.

For more information, call Esperanza Alzona, operations manager, Shepherd University Department of Music, at 304-876-5711; e-mail">; or go to

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