COOKEVILLE – Tennessee Tech University’s 59th Annual Festival of Winds and Percussion will take place Feb. 11-12, in Tech’s Wattenbarger Auditorium. This includes an honor band weekend where students from all over the state of Tennessee are nominated and selected to work with special guest clinicians and the music faculty at Tech.
The weekend creates an atmosphere of learning and sharing between high school and college students and conductors from the six-state region and brings the nation’s finest conductors and composers to the Tech campus.
This year’s clinicians feature Richard Clary, professor of conducting, senior band conductor and director of Wind Ensemble Studies at Florida State University, and Michael Guzman, director of bands at Hewitt-Trussville High School, Alabama.
Friday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium will feature performances by the Tennessee Tech Concert Band and Symphony Band, conducted by Jeffrey L. Miller, director of bands at Tech. The concert is open to the public, but space will be limited due to the large number of festival attendees. This concert will be streamed through the School of Music website: https://www.tntech.edu/fine-arts/music/live-stream.php.
A light reception will follow the concert in the Bryan Fine Arts lobby with a special performance by the Troubadours Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Chris McCormick.
On Saturday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in Wattenbarger Auditorium, there will be featured performances by the two Festival Honor Bands. Attendance at this concert is limited to high school band directors whose students are participating, and two guests per student participant.
This event is organized by Tech’s School of Music. Wattenbarger Auditorium is located in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.