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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | Rice Auditorium

The Annual High School Honor Band Festival and Concert hosts more than 100 of the top student musicians from more than 15 area schools for a full-day workshop with Baker music faculty and guest conductor. The final concert performance will be presented at 7 p.m. and is open to friends, family and community members. FREE ADMISSION. The concert will feature the honor band and a guest performance by the Baker University Symphonic Winds conducted by Baker director of bands, Dr. Frank Perez.

Guest Conductor | Dr. Marion Roberts

Sample Festival Schedule

7:30 a.m. Director check-in and student registration – Rice Auditorium

8 a.m. Director’s meeting – McKibbin Recital Hall

8 a.m. Students warm up for chair auditions – Owens 108 (band room)

8 a.m. Percussionists meet in Rice Auditorium

8:10 a.m. Chair auditions (various rooms – see posted signs)

Percussion only:
8 – 9 a.m. Auditions and section rehearsal  – Rice Auditorium stage

9 a.m. Rehearsal (full band)

11:20 a.m. Lunch (45 min.)

12:15 p.m. Section rehearsal (room assignments will be posted)

1:30 p.m. Rehearsal (full band)

3:30 p.m. Break and Baker music presentation (15 min.)

3:45 p.m. Rehearsal (full band)

4:45 p.m. Dinner and change into concert dress

5 p.m. Baker Symphonic Winds rehearsal on stage

6:15 p.m. Individual school photos in Rice Auditorium lobby

6:40 p.m. Warm up for evening concert – band room

6:55 p.m. Report to Rice Auditorium (sit in reserved section)

7 p.m. Concert (Honor Band and Symphonic Winds) Free Admission

Registration for 2019 is closed and will reopen for 2020 in November.

Guest Conductor | Dr. Marion Roberts

Dr. Marion Roberts holds degrees from William Jewell College and Kansas State University and a Doctorate from the University of Kansas. He has also studied at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Roberts has conducted bands in Taiwan, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, as well as throughout the United States. His high school bands have performed at the American Memorial at Omaha Beach as the only civilian ensemble at the 50th Commemoration of the D-Day invasion. They have performed twice in Washington, D.C., at the national World War II Memorial and in Port-en-Bessin, France, for the 60th anniversary of D-Day. His marching bands have performed in Royal Albert Hall in London as well as in Tainan and Taipei, R.O.C.

Dr. Roberts has served as assistant director of bands at Kansas State University, director of bands and music education, chairperson of the Department of Music at Baker University, and assistant to the director of bands at the University of Kansas. He served 28 years at Blue Valley North High School.

Dr. Roberts is one of the directors of the Lawrence City Band and conductor of the DeSoto Brass Band. He is an elected member of the Legion of Honor of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, Phi Beta Mu International Band Honorary, Kappa Kappa Psi  Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Order. He is past president of the Kansas Bandmasters Association and the 2012 Outstanding Kansas Bandmaster.


Owens Musical Arts Building is located at 408 Eighth St., just south of Rice Auditorium.

Download a map showing pdf bus parking.


Dr. Frank Perez, Festival Director & Director of Bands
785.594.4579 |


Eva Durand
Department Assistant
Music & Theatre
Office: Owens Musical Arts Building 201

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