2017 Honor Band of America
2017 Honor Band of America

2017 Honor Band of America

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha
March 8-11, 2017

The Honor Band of America is recognized as one of the nation’s premier honor ensembles. Members were selected by recorded audition, and the standards of acceptance for the Honor Band of America are of the highest level. Members first met Wednesday evening (March 8) for three days of rehearsals before Saturday evening's concert. Honor Band of America alumni play in professional symphonies and ensembles, teach music nationwide, and otherwise represent the best and brightest in their fields.

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2017 Conductor
Director of Bands, Butler University

Colonel Michael J. Colburn was the 27th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. During his more than twenty years with “The President’s Own,” Col. Colburn served as principal euphonium, assistant director, and from July 2004-14, the director who led the Marine Band in its third century.
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2017 Concert Program

Star Spangled Banner ....................................................................................................Jack Stamp

Richard Crain, conductor

Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme ........................................................Michael Gandolfi
The Engulfed Cathedral ..............................................................Claude Debussy/trans. Merlin Patterson
Pictures at an Exhibition ..........................................Modest Moussorgsky/arr. Maurice Ravel, Paul Lavender

2017 Honor Band Members

Cameron Bilek – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL
Evan Curatolo – Lincoln-Way East H.S., IL
Loren Diggs – Jenks H.S., OK
Emily Elmore – Manatee H.S., FL
Amy Jiang – Northview H.S., GA
Akie Kadota – T.C. Williams H.S., VA
Rebekah Laflin – The King's Academy, FL
Juniper Parker – Scott County H.S., KY
Stephanie Yao – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC

Theodore Grosson – Ravenwood H.S., TN
Jamison Hillian – Chesterfield H.S., SC
Daniel Outlaw – Satellite H.S., FL
Eleanor Rasmussen – Fort Mill H.S., SC

John Burton – Campo Verde H.S., AZ
Justin Chienyuen – Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, NY
Madison Childs – Yorkville H.S., IL
Emily Cooper – Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., KY
Naomi Farkas – River Hill H.S., MD
Aaric Han – Panther Creek H.S., NC
Madison Hansen – Biloxi H.S., MS
Kassi Hatakenaka – Kalani H.S., HI
Avra Janz – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC
Mieri Kim – Centerville H.S., OH
Dory Li – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, NC
Macy Miller – Norris H.S., NE
Nathan Richey – Model Laboratory H.S., KY
Jason Wilcox – Yorkville H.S., IL
Stacey Xiang – Ravenwood H.S., TN
Olivia Zastro – Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S., KY

Bass Clarinet
Scott Allen – Mountain View H.S., AZ
Lucas LaVoie – Belchertown H.S., MA
Thomas Shermulis – Victor J. Andrew H.S., IL

Erin Acree – Oak Mountain H.S., AL
Ian Jef Bongalonta – Goose Creek H.S., SC
Ntinyari Miriti – Lafayette H.S., KY
Catherine Willingham – Chamblee Charter H.S., GA

French Horn
Kristin Andlauer – Roxbury H.S., NJ
Marcus Franck – Thompson H.S., AL
Lauren Goff – Walled Lake Central H.S., MI
Adam Julian – Centerville H.S., OH
Brian Keane – Wheeling H.S., IL
Kevin Lauer – Morton H.S., IL
Sydney Linke – Goose Creek H.S., SC
Jenna Montes – William Mason H.S., OH
Dominick Neville – Tarpon Springs H.S., FL
Hannah Shea – Long Reach H.S., MD
Will Sizemore – Northern Guilford H.S., NC
Hannah Small – Mason H.S., OH

Saxophone - Alto
Robert Brown – Wylie H.S., TX
Brant Ford – Henderson County H.S., KY
Jason Frazier – Franklin H.S., TN
Veronica Leahy – Charlotte Latin School, NC

Saxophone - Bari
Benjamin Vandeberg – Bob Jones H.S., AL

Saxophone - Tenor
Ian Chenoweth – Morton H.S., IL
Austin Matte – Lafayette H.S., LA

Joseph Ardovino – Thompson H.S., AL
Demeatry Brooks – Belleville H.S., MI
Lawrence Duong – Mt. Eden H.S., CA
Brianna Imgruet – Downers Grove South H.S., IL
Webster Littleton – Franklin H.S., TN
Joshua Metz – West Orange High School, FL
Tiffany Nakayama – Kalani H.S., HI
Cary Patterson – Oak Ridge H.S., CA
Robert Smith – Vestavia Hills H.S., AL
Richard Stinson – Lassiter H.S., GA
Mikayla Sweet – Deer Creek H.S., OK
Grant Teserovitch – Centerville H.S., OH

Spencer Banister – Papillion La Vista South H.S., NE
Andrew Campbell – Lassiter H.S., GA
Kamali Clora – Belleville H.S., MI
Nathan Culcasi – Oak Ridge H.S., CA
Joseph Diaz – Oak Ridge H.S., CA
Connor Hoverman – McComb H.S., OH
Jacob Howey – Blue Valley H.S., KS
Key Poulan IV – Clovis West H.S., CA
Nathan Rhodes – Centerville H.S., OH
Katie Thornton – Franklin H.S., TN
Jack Trathen – Raleigh Charter H.S., NC

Tyler Demsheck – Wando H.S., SC
Jason Donnelly – Paul J. Hagerty H.S., FL
Isaac Slavens – Kings H.S., OH
Caleb Tanck – Vega H.S., TX

Wesley Hurt – Madison Central H.S., KY
Glen Johnson – Kennesaw Mountain H.S., GA
Christofer Miller – Vestavia Hills H.S., AL
Sean Ryan – Wheeling H.S., IL
Dalton Walls – Star City H.S., AR
Leah Warman – Thompson H.S., AL

Phil Barrett – Ravenwood H.S., TN
Christian Cordobes – Miami Dade Schools, FL
Chandler Fetterolf – Prosper High School, TX
Ian Jones – River Bluff H.S., SC
Mark Larrivee – Norwood H.S., MA
Christopher McDole – Osceola County School for the Arts, FL
Joseph Navarra – Centerville H.S., OH
Luis Perdomo – Saint Cloud H.S., FL
Jakob Schoenfeld – Paul J. Hagerty H.S., FL
Fabiano Soler – Mimai arts studio 6-12 @ Zelda Glazer, FL

Past Honor Band of America Members

Conductor Biography

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Michael Colburn
2017 Conductor
Director of Bands, Butler University


Colonel Michael J. Colburn was the 27th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. During his more than twenty years with “The President’s Own,” Col. Colburn served as principal euphonium, assistant director, and from July 2004-14, the director who led the Marine Band in its third century.
Col. Colburn is a native of St. Albans, VT, where he graduated from Bellows Free Academy in 1982. Following high school, he attended the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam for two years. He continued his education at Arizona State University in Tempe, where he studied euphonium with Daniel Perantoni and earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 1986. In 1991, Col. Colburn earned a master’s degree in conducting from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, where he studied with Anthony Maiello.

After joining “The President’s Own” in May 1987 as a euphonium player, Col. Colburn regularly performed at the White House, in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, and throughout the country during the band’s annual concert tour. He quickly distinguished himself as a featured soloist, and in 1990 was appointed principal euphonium. In addition to his euphonium duties, Col. Colburn was active as a conductor for “The President’s Own” chamber music series. In 1996, he was appointed assistant director and commissioned a first lieutenant. He accepted the position of senior assistant director and executive officer in 2001, and in 2002, was promoted to the rank of major. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel one day before he assumed leadership of “The President’s Own” on July 17, 2004. He was promoted to colonel on July 3, 2007 by President George W. Bush in an Oval Office ceremony and awarded the Legion of Merit on July 11, 2008, the Marine Band’s 210th birthday, by Marine Corps Commandant, General James T. Conway.

As director of “The President’s Own,” not only was Col. Colburn music adviser to the White House, but he also served as music director of Washington, D.C.’s prestigious Gridiron Club, a position held by every Marine Band Director since John Philip Sousa. He regularly conducted the Marine Band at the Executive Mansion and at all Presidential Inaugurations, and he is a member of both the Alfalfa Club and the American Bandmasters Association.

As director, Col. Colburn attracted prominent guest conductors to the podium of “The President’s Own,” including Leonard Slatkin, José Serebrier, and renowned film composer John Williams. Col. Colburn was deeply committed to seeking new works for the Marine Band, and was directly involved in commissions from composers David Rakowski (Ten of a Kind, Sibling Revelry, Cantina), David Chaitkin (Celebration), Melinda Wagner (Scamp), Jennifer Higdon (Percussion Concerto), and Michael Gandolfi. Col. Colburn worked to expand the Marine Band’s educational outreach efforts by increasing master classes at schools throughout the nation during the band’s annual concert tour and by initiating Music in the High Schools, a program that sends musicians from “The President’s Own” to perform in Washington, D.C., area high schools.