Notre Dame College, Wind Symphony Host Inaugural High School Honor Band Festival

Notre Dame College is extending its instrumental music expertise to esteemed high school band members with a premiere advanced learning and performing opportunity.

The College High School Honor Band Festival February 16-17, sponsored by the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, is a two-day music experience for students in grades 9 through 12 that culminates with a joint concert of the Notre Dame Wind Symphony and Honor Band at 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17, in Regina Auditorium. The music finale, featuring select high school instrumentalists with the College’s woodwind, brass and percussion performing arts ensemble, is free and open to the public.

The festival and concert, under the direction of Michael Krueger, M.M., director of instrumental studies and music theory head at Notre Dame, are highlights of the College’s Joan Cronin Reagan #NDCPerforms Series for spring 2018.

Krueger is joined in leading the clinic by guest artist Randy Greenwell, who has served more than 30 years as a music educator, including 23 years with Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind., the marching band from which was featured in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Greenwell’s marching bands have won four Indiana State School Marching Association championships and two Bands of America Grand National titles. During Greenwell’s tenure, Lawrence Central’s concert band also has been a state finalist every year since 1996 winning the state championship five times. 

Greenwell now works as educational support manager, central region, for education division of Conn-Selmer, a leading U.S. manufacturer and North American distributor of brand musical instruments for student, amateur and professional use.

About the Honor Band Festival

The Notre Dame Honor Band Festival aims to enhance the opportunity secondary students receive in their school band programs by allowing them to meet, learn from and perform with other high caliber students of music, particularly those in the College’s instrumental programs.

During the festival, high school students will have the opportunity to experience a masterclass with college-level faculty as well as rehearse in an exclusive high school ensemble conducted by Krueger and Greenwell.

To be considered for the Notre Dame Honor Band, high school students must be nominated by their school music directors. Auditions for placement are conducted on the first day of the festival. Audition material consists of all major scales and sight reading.

Additional information on the festival, including a detailed itinerary for the two days, is available online.

About the Notre Dame Conductor

At Notre Dame, Krueger directs the College Wind Symphony and Falcon Marching Band and teaches applied composition lessons and academic courses in music theory. He is a member of the drum major and student leadership staff for Fred J. Miller Inc., a national company supporting clinics, scholarships and pageantry for color guard, dance team, drum major and band leaders.

A nationally recognized composer, Krueger’s most popular piece, “For Patrick,” has been featured on The Composers Circle and Musicuratum. The composition also has been featured at several honor band concerts and professional symposia, including the 2014 College Band Directors National Association Southwest Conference. His composition, “Alone,” was premiered at the International Trombone Festival in 2017.

He has served as a composer-in-residence and composer clinician at several high schools, universities and conferences across the U.S and has received commissions from dozens of ensembles and soloists throughout the nation. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Krueger served as the brass director for Fort Zumwalt South High School in Missouri and as the graduate assistant for the wind ensemble at Butler.

Krueger earned a Master of Music in music composition from Butler and a Bachelor of Arts in music composition from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In 2015, he was inducted as an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national band fraternity. 

About the Guest Artist Conductor

In addition to four state championships, Greenwell directed the Lawrence Central marching band to a total 22 state finals, including nine runner-up appearances, in 23 years. The group also has been a Bands of America Grand National finalist 18 times, with the two championships. Greenwell also well known throughout the Midwest for his continuous work as a clinician and judge for many events.

Greenwell earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Illinois State University, a Master of Music from Ball State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Butler University.

The Conn-Selmer Division of Education seeks to provide resources and support to music educators worldwide. It offers music educators personalized service that includes financial planning, strategic planning, leasing options and instrument inventory management. Collectively, the Conn-Selmer division is among industry leaders in providing programs, services and advocacy tailored to the positive growth and development of music education across the globe.

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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