BGSU Middle School Honor Band

The 2021 Middle School Honor Band will be held May 3.

Nomination Materials will be available in February 2021.


Robert H. Sloan is director of bands in Van Wert Ohio (Van Wert City Schools). His primary teaching duties are 5th grade band, 6th grade band, and HS marching, pep and symphonic bands along with middle school brass and percussion. Aside from band, he also teaches courses in Music Theory, Appreciation, Technology and Jazz. He is a member of the HS Building Leadership Team and District Leadership Team. In 2019, Mr. Sloan was named Ohio Department of Education Teacher of the Year for District 1, and was a state semi-finalist for Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Sloan is an active member of OMEA and serves OMEA District 3 as technology director, HS Festival chair, and Large Group District chair. He is an adjudicator for both Solo & Ensemble and Large Group Events. He is a graduate of THE Ohio State University (BME) and VanderCook College of Music (MME). He credits his main teaching influence to Greg Taylor, Dane Newlove, Patricia Meeks, Richard Sherrick and the late Vince Polce. His teaching style is based on humor (often sarcastic), a family atmosphere, and the constant strive for EXCELLENCE. As a conductor, he has worked with Charlie Menghini, Peter Boonshaft, Richard Blatti, and Ken Thompson.

In his spare time, Mr. Sloan is a free-lance composer and arranger. He resides in Van Wert with his wife Dawn (who is an elementary music teacher) and their 11 year old son, Harrison (who is the best piano player in the family). Besides all that... he is a borderline obsessive fan of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Ohio State Athletics, the Cleveland Indians, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Dr. Kenneth Thompson currently serves as professor and coordinator of major ensembles in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  His responsibilities include conducting ensembles in the band area, teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting and repertoire and working closely with music education students. Additionally, he serves on the conducting staff of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Wu Family Academy where he directs the DSO Civic Wind Symphony and the CYE Philharmonic Orchestra. A graduate of Limestone College (SC) with a double major in music education and trumpet, Thompson received a master's degree in music education and doctorate in conducting from The University of Iowa. Previous professional appointments include Artistic Director and Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and associate conductor of the St. Louis Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds.  He has conducted performances of numerous world premieres, commissions and for multiple professional conferences, radio broadcasts and recordings.

With publications in the Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Journal of Band Research, Journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, Journal of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association, The Instrumentalist, Bandmusic PDF Archives and the BCM International Web Archive, Dr. Thompson maintains a reputation as both a scholar and performer.  He has appeared as a guest conductor, lecturer or clinician for the International Society for Music Education, the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the National Conference of the MENC, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa, West Virginia, Ohio and Missouri Music Educators Association conferences, the Missouri Bandmasters conference, the Midwest Composers Symposium and the Iowa Center for New Music.  In high demand as a guest conductor and lecturer, Thompson maintains an active schedule with engagements throughout the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and China.

8:00 am                   Arrive at Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center – meeting with all participants

8:30 am                   Move to rehearsal sites, rehearsals begin

11:45 am                 Concert BGSU Wind Symphony

12:30 pm                 LUNCH

1:30 pm                   Depart Lunch and Rehearsals Resume

5:30 pm                   DINNER

7:00 pm                   Concert

How do I get nominated for the BGSU Middle School Honor Band?

All nominations must come from your school director or a private teacher. Your teacher
can contact us at to get the nomination forms.

How will I know if I’m selected?

All communication is done via the email provided for you on the nomination forms. If selected, you and your teacher will receive an email from us with registration and acceptance forms.

What if I’m having trouble returning my acceptance forms?

All forms must be returned electronically. Most smartphones will let you take a picture of the forms and email them as a PDF document. The ‘Notes’ app on an iPhone works well, but GeniusScan is a free app that many people use.

How do I pay to participate and do you offer scholarships?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer scholarships or financial assistance. All payments must be made electronically through our EMarket. The links for that will be in your acceptance materials.

What is included in the price to participate?

Cost of all instruction
BGSU Honor Band Shirt
BGSU Wind Symphony afternoon concert
Master Class or other professional presentation
Final concert by all HSHB participants
Lunch and Dinner (all you can eat) on campus
Morning snack of fruit and water

What if I have dietary restrictions? Do I need to bring my own meals?

Our full service dining facilities can manage any food restriction or dietary need. We will use the information you provide in your acceptance forms to coordinate any meal accommodations needed.

Can I bring my own food and snacks?

For the safety of all participants bringing food and snacks is discouraged.

Do I need to bring money?

You will not need any money during the event. All meals and snacks are provided as part of your participation fee.

What should I wear?

The final concert is performed in the BGSU shirt and denim (blue jeans) so you do not need a uniform or ‘dress clothes’. For the event, you should dress comfortably, but know that you will be walking short distances outside to meals, so dressing in layers with a light jacket is ideal. Most likely what you would normally wear to school is appropriate.

Do I need to audition?

The selection to participate is done through the nominations, and parts are assigned on a rotating basis, so everyone plays various parts. No live auditions are done for the event.

I still have questions! What should I do?

There is a chance we have not addressed something you need. Please reach out to us directly at so we may assist you.

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