Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Pioneer Honor Band Festival?

The 3rd Annual Pioneer Honor Band Festival will be hosted by Texas Woman’s University on November 15 and 16. This two-day event will feature wonderful opportunities for students and directors:

  • Attend a masterclass with TWU faculty on the all-region etudes (both TMEA and ATSSB)
  • Perform in one of the two clinic honor bands
  • Work with the renowned composer AARON PERRINE and honor band conductors KEITH BEARDEN, Associate Director of Bands Emeritus – Texas Tech University, and ANTHONY GIBSON, Former Director of Fine Arts – Allen ISD.
  • Attend a special performance featuring the TWU Wind Symphony

How do I participate?

Student participation is through band director nomination only. If you are interested in participating, please talk to your band director and have them fill out the nomination form (Google Form).

How much does it cost?

The registration fee is $40 per student and includes a t-shirt and lunch on Saturday. There are discounts for students who are members of the All-Region, All-Area, and All-State ensembles. All-Region students will pay $30, All-Area students will pay $20, and All-State students will attend the weekend free of charge.

­­­­­What happens if my school has a playoff game on that Friday night?

We understand that bands may still be involved in playoff games this time of year. Some directors may excuse their students from the game to attend the Honor Band Festival. If you are a student that will still be involved in performing at playoff games, you are still STRONGLY encouraged to participate. If you must miss the Friday session due to a conflict with a playoff game, please arrive promptly by 7:15 AM on Saturday morning to register and audition prior to the morning session.

What music should I use for my audition?

Pioneer Honor Band auditions are for band placement only. Every student who is nominated before the ensembles have been filled is accepted into a band. Students should be prepared to play a one-minute technical etude and a one-minute lyrical etude, and we encourage you to audition on the TMEA/ATSSB All-State Etudes (but these are not required).

Is there a schedule of events for the weekend?

Visit our Schedule of Events Webpage to learn more.

How do you get to the TWU Music Building?

Directions to the Texas Woman’s University Music Building can be found by searching a GPS for the address, 1100 Oakland St, Denton, TX 76201, or written directions can be found on our Directions webpage.

Is housing available?

For anyone unable to commute to the event and would like to spend Friday and/or Saturday night near campus, a select rate has been established with several local hotels in Denton for a limited time (last day to book is October 20, 2019) and there are a limited number of rooms available at each hotel at this discounted rate. To make hotel reservations, please click on any of the following links and you will be directed to that hotel’s website for the special rate OR call the hotel directly.

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites (2900 West University Drive)
  • Embassy Suites (3100 Town Center Trail)
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites (4465 I-35 Frontage Road) – please call hotel directly at (940)808-0444 and ask for the TWU Pioneer Honor Band Festival rate

Where should we park?

Parking can be found all around the Texas Woman’s University campus. Feel free to park in any open spot after 5pm on weekdays and anytime on weekends. All lots are free to use EXCEPT the parking garage. At this time the TWU parking garage does not allow non-permitted vehicles to use the facility. A parking map can be found here:

Where do we eat?

There are several restaurants located on campus and in the surrounding areas, or you can have food brought to the music building.

What should I bring?

Your instrument, proper maintenance supplies (valve oil, etc.), water bottle, pencil, and concert attire should be brought with you on Saturday.

Can you tell me more about the final concert?

The final concert will be held at Margo Jones Performance Hall at 7pm on Saturday, November 16th at 7pm, and all Pioneer Honor Band participants will perform. This concert is free of charge and family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Will the concert be recorded?

Yes, a professional recording will be made and given to each band director for distribution, but no copies will be sold. Also, no flash photography or recording will be allowed during performances.


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