NORTHERN COLORADO HONOR BANDS
FOSSIL RIDGE - FORT COLLINS - LOVELAND - MOUNTAIN VIEW
POUDRE - ROCKY MOUNTAIN - THOMPSON VALLEY - WINDSOR
POUDRE - ROCKY MOUNTAIN - THOMPSON VALLEY - WINDSOR
WELCOME TO NORTHERN COLORADO HONOR BANDS
A native of Sonora, California, Dr. Haley Armstrong earned Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Eastern Washington University. After graduation she taught middle and high school band in Medical Lake School District in Washington then earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana. In 2010 she earned her Doctorate in Conducting from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
Most recently Dr. Armstrong worked as a Flight Commander and Conductor for the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. where she was the Officer in Charge of the Concert Band and Airmen of Note. Prior to that assignment she was the Commander and Conductor of the Air Force Band of the Pacific stationed at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo, Japan. In this position she led two bands, one in Japan and one in Hawaii, providing all of the musical support for Air Force missions across 36 nations in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. Dr. Armstrong also held positions as the Commander and Conductor for the Air Force Band of the Golden West at Travis Air Force Base, CA and the Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes in Toledo, OH. Prior to her commission she was enlisted as a trumpet player with the Air National Guard Band of the Central States and the Air National Guard Band of the Northwest and continues to love to play trumpet in chamber, concert, symphonic and jazz ensembles. While teaching, she will continue to serve in the Air Force Reserves on a part-time basis as a Public Affairs Officer at Osan Air Base near Soul, South Korea.
As a guest conductor, Dr. Armstrong has worked for many regional Air Force bands leading them in concerts and ceremonies including a performance for Past President George W. Bush. She was also honored to work with multiple international schools, community and professional ensembles in Qatar, Japan and Guam. In the United States, Dr. Armstrong has also conducted many honor bands and school ensembles and continues to work in the educational community giving clinics and musical workshops to young musicians.
Dr. Frank Tracz is professor of music and director of bands at Kansas State University. He earned his B.M.E. from The Ohio State University, the M.M. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. He has public school teaching experience in Wisconsin and Ohio and has also served as Assistant Director of bands at Syracuse University and Director of bands at Morehead State University.
Dr. Tracz has served as an adjudicator, clinician, speaker in various schools and conferences and has conducted All-State and Honor bands across the United States as well as in Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand.
At Kansas State he directs the Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, advisor to Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and the Band Ambassadors, and administers and guides all aspects of a large BIG XII comprehensive band program. Ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at numerous State conferences, MENC, two CBDNA regional conferences, The Larry Sutherland Wind band Festival at Fresno State, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.
The marching band was awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy in 2015. The Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the International Convention of the American Bandmasters Association in 2019 in Loveland, CO Dr. Tracz is on the faculty of the Conn-Selmer Institute, adjunct faculty of the American Band College, past member of the Music Education Journal Editorial Board, contributor to the Teaching Music Through performance In Band series, and was recently appointed Chair of the Sudler Trophy Project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. His honors include the Stamey Award for outstanding teaching, Kansas Bandmasters Outstanding Director award, Wildcat Pride Alumni Association award, the Tau Beta Sigma Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director award, named a Lowell Mason fellow, and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. He has also received the ConnSelmer Institute Hall of Fame award, the Kansas State Professorial Performance award, and was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.
STEP 1: Apply Online Here! (Due by Nov 20th)
STEP 2: Record & submit your
audition to your Band Director! (NoCo Audition Recording Instructions)
Step 3: Submit $15 Audition Fee (payable to your school band) to your Band Director!
November 1 -
November 19 -
*Audition recordings due to your Band Director
*Directors submit via Dropbox
5:00-8:00p - Sectional and Master Class with University Clinicians
5:00-9:00p - Rehearsals with our guest directors. Dinner provided
8:00am-4:00pm - Rehearsals with our guest directors, lunch break (on your own), dress rehearsals and final performance (3:00pm)