Festival of Winds Honor Band

Letter to Directors

Dear Colleagues:

This year Hendrix College and the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble will be hosting the ninth 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 4, 2019. 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 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 4.

The guest conductor for the 2019 Festival of Winds Honor Band is Michael Garasi. Possessing extraordinary stage charisma and ease of connection with audiences, an intuitive and instinctive understanding and passion for music, and having broad-scope experience directing ensembles of all genres and levels, Mr. Garasi is one of the most engaging and exciting professional conductors of our day. With a gift for understanding, motivating and conducting youth ensembles, Mr. Garasi has spent years investing in the lives of young musicians. For seven years Mr. Garasi was on the instrumental conducting faculty at the School of Performing Arts at UCF. He has also held positions as the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra and Conductor of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonia, and he has been active as a guest conductor of youth orchestras and bands in Florida, Texas, Michigan, Indiana, and New Mexico. He is presently on the music faculty at the North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. 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 13, 2019.

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/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