GVSU Bands

Honors Band Information for Accepted Students

Congratulations on being accepted into the Grand Valley State University 2013 High School Honors Band! We are thrilled that you are able to join us and our Guest Conductor, Dr. Gary Sousa of the University of Tennessee. This letter contains important information about the Honors Band, so please read carefully and contact us if you have any questions. Food and lodging are provided as a part of your fee.


SCHEDULE Complete schedule will be given to students on arrival. (Note: Arrival is now SATURDAY not FRIDAY).

Check in: Saturday, February 16, 7:00-8:30 am, Performing Arts Center Lobby, GVSU Allendale Campus (see included map).

Lodging: Saturday, February 16. Sleep Inn Allendale (4869 Becker Drive, Allendale Charter Township, MI 49401, 616-892-8000). GVSU will provide school bus transportation to/from hotel. Students will be sleeping four to a gender specific room, supervised around the clock by 5 college students and 2 faculty members.

Concert: Sunday, February 17, 2 PM NOTE CHANGE, Louis Armstrong Theatre, Performing Arts Center, GVSU Allendale Campus (see included map).

Pick up: Sunday, February 17 after the concert.



In order to register for the 2013 GVSU HSHB, you must return the included medical/information/permission slip and payment of $40 by February 1 or your slot might be given to another student. Checks must be made payable to GVSU.



Information about recordings of the concert, along with a group photograph will be available to the students during the festival. There will be no charge for either photographs or recordings.



Students will be performing the following music:

Cenotaph (Jack Stamp)

Dusk (Steven Bryant)

Second Suite in F (Gustav Holst)

Mangulina (Paul Bufler)



We would like to highlight a couple of changes to Honors Band from previous years:
1. Due to a change in our guest conductor's schedule, the concert on Sunday is now at 2 PM, not 3 PM.
2. The band will be staying at a local hotel under staff and faculty supervision. Students will return for rehearsal Sunday morning and then change into Concert Attire after the rehearsals on Sunday. They will be transported by bus to and from the hotel. They are staying at  Sleep Inn Allendale, 4869 Becker Dr  Allendale Charter Township, MI 49401, (616) 892-8000. Cost is included in Honors Band fee.
3. A draft of the program content can be found under the honors band link on gvsu.edu/bands. Please check your name for accuracy and let me know of any problems by Wednesday, February 6.
4. Photos and recordings of the concert will be available electronically after the performance, free of charge to participants. We will have details about how to download those photos during honors band.
5. For the concert on Sunday, students should wear what they normally wear to their own school band concert.
You can find a complete schedule under the Honors Band tab at gvsu.edu/bands. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Due to our recent slate of lake effect snow and frequent trips to work with public school ensembles I am not always in my office. Contact by email is preferred but I will do my best to return phone calls within 24 hours.
We are looking forward to meeting and working with you!


Best Regards -

Dr. Kevin Tutt

Assistant Chair & Associate Professor

Department of Music and Dance

O: 616-331-2577, F: 616-331-3100

Page last modified February 15, 2013