College of Visual and Performing Arts

Three Rivers Honor Band 2018

2018 Three Rivers Honor Bands

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Final Concert

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018,  1:30 p.m.
  • Concert admission is free for everyone
  • Auer Performance Hall


Honor band participants from middle and high schools throughout northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio will perform together on the IPFW campus to conclude their concentrated musical weekend.

  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Rehearsals - 6:30 -9:00 p.m. (arrive by 5:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, February 2, 2018 - Rehearsals - 8:45 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. (excused from school)
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018  - Rehearsals 8:45 a.m. - noon,  Concert 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.,  Auer Performance Hall

Event Information

Congratulations to the members of the 2018 Three Rivers Honor Bands! Please check your email for registration information and link as well as music! Please note that in order to participate, students must complete online registration (different then the online application). If you have any questions, please contact:

For information call the IPFW Department of Music at 260-481-6714 or e-mail

Save the dates for future IPFW Three Rivers Honor Bands:
January 24-26, 2019
February 6-8, 2020

The clinicians and conductors for the 2018 Three Rivers Honor Band Festival include:


High School Clinician - Dr. Damon Talley

Talley_WebDr. Damon Talley serves as director of bands and Paula G. Manship associate professor of music at Louisiana State University School of Music, where he oversees
all aspects of the Band Department, conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting. Prior to his appointment at LSU, he held the position of Director
of Bands at Shenandoah Conservatory, where he was responsible for guiding the wind band program, conducting the EDGE New Music Ensemble, and teaching graduate conducting. While at Shenandoah, he established the Mid-Atlantic Invitational for high school students as well as the summer Conducting Symposium.

Talley was previously on the faculties at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan, where he was fully engaged in the day-to-day operations of all aspects of the band program, including the marching and athletic bands. While at Texas, Talley was the Assistant Director of the Longhorn Marching Band, led all pep-bands, and conducted the Symphony Band. At the University of Michigan, he was the Assistant Director of the Michigan Marching Band, conducted the Campus and University Bands, and led the Michigan Hockey Band. Also while in Michigan, he also served as Music Director and Conductor of the Dodworth Brass Band, a professional brass ensemble based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Their recording, released on Best Classical Records, received favorable reviews from publications including Gramophone magazine and the American Record Guide. He also has served as producer or associate producer on several commercial recordings by the Naxos, Klavier, Equilibrium, and Longhorn record labels, and is published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Bandseries, distributed by GIA Publications.

As an avid supporter of new music for the wind medium, Talley has conducted numerous world premier performances and commissioned composers to write for the wind band. He has won praise for his work by composers such as William Bolcom, Kevin Puts, Donald Grantham, John Mackey, Carter Pann, and Dan Welcher. While at Shenandoah Conservatory, along with faculty colleague David T. Little, he hosted a visiting composer series that brought composers of national and international status to the campus. He is a strong advocate for young composers, and regularly premieres works by student composers.

Prior to teaching at the university level, Talley taught in the public schools in Texas at both the middle school and high school levels. He is a strong supporter and advocate of music in the public schools, and has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for festivals throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Talley earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas and a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Michigan. His principal conducting teachers are Jerry Junkin, Michael Haithcock, and H. Robert Reynolds. Talley is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, and holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Virginia Music Educators Association, and the Louisiana Music Educators Association.

Middle School Clinician - Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt

Cavitt_WebDr. Mary Ellen Cavitt is Professor of Music Education and Associate Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Texas State University where she recently received the Texas State University Alumni Teaching Award of Honor, Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Teaching Award, Presidential Awards of Distinction in Service and Teaching, and the College Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity.  Dr. Cavitt received Bachelor and Master degrees in horn performance from The Juilliard School and Ph.D. in music education from The University of Texas at Austin.  She is a 2013 graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program for higher education leaders.  She has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Music and Associate Director of the School of Music at Texas State University.

During her tenure in the Texas public schools, she was named Outstanding Young Bandmaster of the Year at the Texas Bandmaster Convention in San Antonio.  In addition to her work at Texas State, she serves as adjunct Assistant professor of horn at Texas Lutheran University.  Dr. Cavitt has served on the music education faculties of Michigan State University, The University of Arizona, and The University of Texas at San Antonio and as an administrator of instrumental music for North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas.  She is an active clinician and adjudicator, and her research has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences.  She served as editor for the Texas Music Education Research Journal for 13 years and is past Chair for the Instructional Strategies Research Interest Group for the National Association for Music Education. In 2012, Dr. Cavitt compiled and edited the acclaimed On Teaching Band:  Notes from Eddie Green published by Hal Leonard.  Dr. Cavitt’s teaching responsibilities at Texas State University include instrumental techniques, educational methods, graduate music education courses and supervision of student teachers.