Festival of Winds Honor Band

Letter to Directors

Dear Colleagues:

This year Hendrix College and the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble will be hosting the tenth 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 2, 2020. Please nominate some of your best students in grades 9-12 to participate in this special event by filling out the online nomination form, available here. Feel free to nominate as many students as you would like. Using the Student Information 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 2.

The guest conductor for the 2020 Festival of Winds Honor Band is conductor, educator, and trumpet player Kelly Watkins. A member of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2003, she has appeared as a featured soloist on national concert tours and traveled extensively across the U.S. and abroad to Taiwan and Japan. Kelly also serves on the faculty of Eastern Connecticut State University where she directs the Eastern Concert Band and has taught conducting, Brass Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble. Guest conducting engagements include ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College (MN), Appalachian State University (NC), the University of Delaware, and several United States Coast Guard Band and Chamber Players performances, as well as regional and district honor ensembles in Connecticut and Massachusetts. You may read her full biography in the Festival of Winds brochure or on this website.

At this link 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 18, 2020. Please use the online nomination form.

I hope your spring semester is off to a great start, and I hope to see you and your students at our festival this year!

All the best,

Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James
Director of Bands/Applied Low Brass
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