Festival of Winds Honor Band

Letter to Directors

Dear Colleagues:

This year Hendrix College and the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble will be hosting the eighth Festival of Winds Honor Band. We look forward to welcoming students from across Arkansas and the surrounding states to our campus for an exciting day of music making.

This one-day honor band will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Please nominate some of your best students in grades 9-12 to participate in this special event by filling out the online nomination form. Feel free to nominate as many students as you would like. Using the enclosed form, you may wish to gather information from your students before submitting nominations online. The festival will culminate in a concert featuring the Festival of Winds Honor Band and the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

The guest conductor for the 2018 Festival of Winds Honor Band is Dr. Philip Obado, Director of Bands at Allen I.S.D. in Allen, Texas. His responsibilities include serving as director of bands at Allen High School where he oversees the Allen Eagle Escadrille as well as conducts the AHS Wind Ensemble, Concert Band White (Fall), Concert Band II (Spring), and Jazz Band II. In addition to Dr. Obado’s teaching duties, he helps maintain a comprehensive and vertically aligned band curriculum (grades 6-12) with the help of the directors at Allen High School, Lowery Freshman Campus, Curtis Middle School, Ereckson Middle School, and Ford Middle School. Dr. Obado was previously Assistant Director of Bands at the Baylor University School of Music. His responsibilities included serving as Associate Director of the Golden Wave Band, director of the Courtside Players, director of the Concert Band, and teaching courses in conducting.  You may read his full biography in the Festival of Winds brochure or on the website.

Enclosed is a brochure with more details about the event, including the schedule and the selection process. Please note that the deadline to submit nominations online is March 12, 2018.

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful break with time to rest and recharge your batteries. I hope to see you and your students at our festival this year!

All the best,


Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James
Director of Bands, Low Brass Instructor
Hendrix College
1600 Washington Ave.
Conway, AR 72034
Ph: (501) 450-1422

Click here to view a PDF of this year's Festival of Winds brochure