BGSU High School Honor Band

2019 BGSU High School Honor Band!

November 21-23!

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Erin Bodnar is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of North Florida where she conducts the Wind Symphony and Concert Band, instructs courses in conducting and coordinates the UNF Conducting Symposium. Prior to her appointment at UNF, Dr. Bodnar was Director of Bands at Graceland University for four years during which time the Symphonic Band performed at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. During 2013-2014, Dr. Bodnar was the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Orchestra at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Bodnar maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician, traveling to Thailand, Indonesia, and throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Bodnar has contributed to A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, Volume 5, the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance Series for Volume 7 and the revised Volume 1. She excelled at teaching both middle and high school band in Alberta, Canada for which she received the Keith Mann Young Band Director’s Award and the Edwin Parr First Year Teacher Award. Dr. Bodnar has presented at conferences in Canada, the United States, Scotland, Thailand and Austria. Her research interests include conducting pedagogy and motor cognition, and her articles have been published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education and Music Perception. An avid runner and group fitness instructor, Dr. Bodnar has completed 34 marathons, including 5 Boston marathons, nine 50 km races and one 100 km race.

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Dr. Lauren Denney Wright is the current Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Berry College where she conducts the wind ensemble, teaches clarinet, conducting and music education courses. She is in high demand for clinics both in conducting and clarinet, and has adjudicated and conducted across the United States.

Dr. Denney Wright regularly has published articles in the Teaching Music Through Performance reference books through GIA. Her research areas are on the music of David Maslanka, and musicality in score study and conducting. Her dissertation on David Maslanka’s Give Us This Day is in high demand with over 7000 downloads with readers from Spain, Germany, Nigeria, London, Canada and all over the United States. She holds professional memberships with College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association. In addition, she is a member and president of the Berry College chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda – a national music honor society. Dr. Denney Wright is also a member of Tau Beta Sigma, a founding member of Sigma Alpha Iota at Vanderbilt University, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

A native of Marietta, Ga. in Cobb County, Dr. Denney Wright earned her bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance from Vanderbilt University, the master of music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the bachelor of music degree in music education from Kennesaw State University. She completed her doctoral studies in instrumental conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music under the mentorship of Gary Green. Dr. Denney Wright has worked with composers John Corigliano, David Maslanka, Michael Daugherty, James Grant, John Mackey and Steven Bryant. She made her international debut conducting chamber music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in Aix-en-Provence, France. Dr. Denney Wright resides in Rome, GA with her husband Mack, son Bentley, and dogs Judy and Steve.

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Growing up in an Air Force family that lived many different places, Avious Jackson always found comfort in music. He became a member of his school and church choirs, then joined middle school band as a trumpet player.  His experiences in band had deep positive impacts on his life and further cultivated his intense love for music.  Driven by a desire to provide the same kind of experiences he was fortunate to have, he made the decision to become a music teacher.

Avious joined the instrumental music staff at Mason City Schools in 2008.  While at Mason, Avious has taught several ensembles and grade levels, including Middle School, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and serves as caption head for the brass section of the Marching Band.  Before joining the team at Mason, Avious served as Director of Bands and Orchestras at Stebbins High School in Riverside, OH.  Memorable highlights for Avious include performances at Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, National Concert Band Festival, appearances in Bands of America Grand National Finals, and an appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Avious received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 2004.  During his time at Miami, he was a member of several ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Brass Choir, and Trumpet Ensemble. The opportunity to study trumpet with Jim Olcott, and conducting with Gary Speck, helped mold him as a musician.  Professors such as Brenda Mitchell and Sam Reynolds inspired his philosophy of music education and helped him understand the importance of teachers and their impact on the world.  In 2011, Avious completed a Masters in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. 

In addition to his teaching duties at Mason, Avious has served as a clinician with bands across the country.  He is also a part of the Marching Band staff at the Music For All Summer Symposium held yearly at Ball State University.  Avious was recently named Associate Conductor of the Fillmore Wind Band, Cincinnati’s official wind band.  When Avious isn’t working in the band world, he enjoys working as a professional wedding DJ across the Cincinnati area. 

Schedule of Events


3-5:00 pm        Arrive and check in

3-6:30 pm        AUDITIONS

4-6:30 pm        BGSU College Fair

6:30 pm           Meet in Kobacker Hall and depart for dinner

7:45 pm           Return from Dinner, BGSU Wind Symphony

8 pm                BGSU Wind Symphony Concert

9 pm                All Student Participant Meeting (commuters leave at conclusion)

9:15 pm           Resident Student Transport to Hotel

11 pm              Lights Out


7:00 am           Breakfast at hotel for residents

7:30 am           Residents leave hotel

8:30 am           REHEARSALS BEGIN

1:00                 LUNCH

2:30                 Masterclasses/Sessions

3:30                 REHEARSALS

6:00                 DINNER

8:00                 SPECIAL CONCERT: BGSU Jazz Lab Band I

9:15                 Resident Student Transport to Hotel/Commuters Released

11:00               Lights Out


7:00 am           Breakfast at hotel for residents

7:30 am           Residents leave hotel – check out and bring all belongings

                        Wear concert attire

8:30 am           REHEARSALS BEGIN

11:30               Lunch

1:00                 Meet in Rehearsal Rooms for final concert preparation; Freshman Band on Stage

1:00                 FINAL CONCERT

                        1:00     Freshman Band

                        1:30     Brown Band

                        2:00     White Band

                        2:30     Orange Band

2019 High School Honor Band Event Dates: 21-23 November

All Registration Dates
Nominations Open:                        26 August
Nominations Due:                          20 September
Acceptance Notification:                 4 October
All Forms and Payments Due:        14 October     

Application Requirements
We only are able to accept nominations from school directors or private teachers. Feel free to have your school director or teacher contact us directly at to have your application considered.

Attendance Requirement
Accepted students are required to attend all event activities.

Event Structure
The BGSU High School Honor Band has 4 full ensembles. One smaller, highly select group, 2 larger ability-tiered groups, and an exclusive group for freshmen. All groups work closely with BGSU faculty, staff, students and renowned guest clinicians.

Each student completes a live audition at the start of the event for ensemble placement.

Upon acceptance, several forms will be provided and will need to be submitted by identified deadlines including:
        BGSU Liability and Release Form
        BGSU Standard Release
        Medical History and Emergency Consent
        Permission to Dispense Medication (if applicable)

If you will be parking on campus, we will provide a parking pass at check-in at the start of the event.

The cost for the honor band is $150 for resident students staying in the hotel or $100 for students that will be commuting each day. Hotel is quad occupancy. The fee also includes all meals, healthy snacks of fruit and water, and the official honor band shirt.

All individual payments must be made in the E-Market store as indicated in the acceptance paperwork. We do not accept cash or checks…all payments must be done electronically via the E-Market portal.

Group Payments
A school can make a single group payment. For school group payments, please contact us directly at

Live Stream and Final Concert Info
The final concert is Saturday at 1 pm and is also viewable on our live-stream.

Meals are included in the honor band fees; breakfast, lunch and dinner for residents in hotel and lunch and dinner for commuters. We are able to accommodate any dietary need. For more information on dining options visit:

The BGSU honor band and select educational programming are presented in partnership with Rettig Music.