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Tri-State Band Symposium

An Honor band experience for the tri-state's finest wind and percussion players and their directors. Participating students are nominated by their school directors, and nomination materials may be obtained by contacting the following:

Thomas P. Rohrer, Director of Bands

Nominations end November 1

Over its fourteen-year tenure, it has hosted students from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Colorado. The event consists of rehearsals and performances with some of the finest conductors in the country. The symposium features two bands totaling nearly 160 high school players. Conductors for this year's event are Paula Holcomb (Director of Bands, Area Head of Instrumental Conducting, and Professor of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia) and Danielle Todd (Coordinator of Music Education at Northern Kentucky University).

The event begins on Friday, December 6 with chair placements for the two ensembles. Last year, the group represented twenty-six different schools, and students were selected through director nomination. The students rehearse Friday afternoon and early-evening as well as Saturday morning, culminating in a luncheon at 1:00 PM and the finale concert of the honor bands at 3:00 PM. There is no cost for admission to the finale concert at 3:00 PM, and the public is invited.


As an included highlight of the weekend, Friday evening (8:00 PM) presents a sampler of the USU wind and percussion students in a collage concert format. The unique concert includes the Wind and Jazz Orchestras along with the Aggie Marching Band and selected chamber ensembles from the wind and percussion area in a high-energy, fast-paced sequence that features music of lighter fare for Tri-State participants and the community at-large. This annual event is a showcase of the USU Bands, and it is lauded as a highly-entertaining event for the whole family.

Why attend the USU Band Symposium?

Format of the Symposium

For students:

  • Rehearsals and sectionals with the finest wind and percussion clinicians in the Mountainwest
  • Performance of the finest literature for winds and percussion under world-class conductors

For directors:

  • In-service credit for professional development
  • Band director clinics including such topics as literature selection, rehearsal techniques, and gestures of conducting

Housing for the Symposium

To allow freedom of choice, overnight housing is arranged by individuals. Utah State University is not responsible for students when not in attendance at a Symposium event.

Cache Valley Lodging Information

Tri-state band symposium in rehearsal

Symposium Contact

Thomas P. Rohrer, Director of Bands

(435) 797-3004 (office)

(435) 797-1862 (FAX)

Symposium History