Select High School Students Perform at the Tri-State Band Festival

Brandon Weathers
Updated: October 18, 2018 10:35 PM

Select high school students from across the Northland came to the University of Wisconsin-Superior to play together. They received guidance from UWS's director of bands Dr. Pamela Bustos and Joshua Hinkle, the composer of some of the songs they performed.


"Today is about bringing students from the region to play together, get to know each other, and work together through music," Dr. Bustos said.

These 200 students represent 36 high schools from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. When explaining the selection process, Dr. Bustos said, "the directors nominate them, and then I will go through all of that material and place them into sections."

The students are sent the sheet music prior to the event so that they can prepare individually before the one day of group rehearsal they have in preparation of the concert. Student Joshua Brown said this was intimidating, adding, "you're kind of going in blind in that sense, not knowing what it's all going to come together as, but it's cool once you hear it all together."

Much of the day consists of rehearsals with a guest clinician. "Mr. Hinkle is a band director in South Carolina, but he's also a well-known composer. He's written some pieces for our band here at UWS," Dr. Bustos explained. "We will be performing a couple of pieces as well. One of them is Mr. Hinkle's also, so we're really celebrating his music."

Dr. Bustos says the event takes a lot of planning on her end, but is well worth it. "It's a labor of love for me to do this. It's worth all of the work that we put into it to see how they grow immensely through music in this one day."


Brandon Weathers

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