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Tarleton Invitational Band Festival


Bands that participate in the Invitational Band Festival receive

  • Professional stage performance recording
  • Video of band's performance
  • Post-concert clinic by the composer-in-residence
  • Audio & written comments by the adjudication panel
  • Clinic by one of the stage adjudicators

COST: $250.00 one selection by the composer-in-residence is suggested, but not required

2015 Entry Form
The Tarleton State University Invitational Band Festival offers a first-class performance and music education experience for outstanding bands and for students participating in the Tarleton Band Program.  Each year, a guest composer is invited to the Tarleton campus to work with the students involved with the music program and with band programs throughout the State of Texas who participate in the festival.  While each composer brings similar professional practices, every experience can differ from year to year.  After each band’s concert presentation, the guest composer will give a clinic on stage.  This experience brings each student’s music making to life and gives the performer the opportunity to experience a composers intentions and interpretation. 
In addition to the guest composer, a panel of adjudicators will offer pre-festival audio and written comments.  In this regard, the Invitational also serves as a PRE UIL Concert and Sight Reading Festival.
Once the performing ensemble has completed their stage performance and clinic with the guest composer, a second clinic may be performed in a private setting with one of the stage performance adjudicators, thereby enhancing the evaluation experience with immediate feedback.
Invitational Band Festival Composers-In-Residence
2011     Col. John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret.)
2012     Frank Ticheli
2013     Samuel R. Hazo
2014     David R. Holsinger
2015     Mark Camphouse
The Philosophy behind the Tarleton Invitational Band Festival is to...
-provide each participating band the opportunity to perform in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Auditorium
-provide an opportunity for students to work with the composer and other professionals in the music education profession
-offer band directors an opportunity to receive Pre UIL Concert and Sight Reading comments and suggestions that may be beneficial to the music-making process of their program
-allow students in the Tarleton State University Band Program the opportunity to network with leading composers, music educators, adjudicators, and participating band directors.
-provide the Tarleton and Stephenville communities an opportunity to have a visiting professional composer of national/international stature to further the musical culture offered by the University
What Others Are Saying About the Invitational Band Festival  
clinic with jrb 
"What we experienced at Tarleton State with Dr. Ticheli exceeded our expectations in every way. Our concert performance was truly memorable, and seeing Frank Ticheli bound onto stage following our last selection made our students just light up. They hung on his every word, took his musical advice to heart instantly, and left having been truly moved by the experience of working with one of the finest composers in the world. Our post-concert clinic off-stage was insightful and helpful. With UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest a few weeks away, the advice of Dr. Hebert aided our ensemble greatly in making our final preparations. To any directors considering attending in the future, I would highly advise that you jump in with both feet. It can sometimes be intimidating - performing for people of this caliber - but the band staff and students at TSU made us feel like superstars. It's an experience my students will remember for a lifetime."  Gerry Miller, Director of Bands, Fine Arts Department Chair, Wakeland High School, Frisco, Texas
"We had the most outstanding time! Colonel Bourgeois was absolutely wonderful and so gracious. Performing in front of him was intimidating to say the least but he made us feel fantastic. My kids recognized the music he brought out of them and the were so impressed."  Priscilla Gibson, Director of Bands, Archer City High School, Archer City, Texas
Spots for the 2015 Invitational Band Festival are now available. 

TIBF V (March 3-4, 2015) With Mark Camphouse

Mark CamphouseA product of the rich cultural life of Chicago, composer-conductor Mark Camphouse was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1954.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from Northwestern University where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter, composition with Alan Stout, and trumpet with the late Vincent Cichowicz.  A scholarship from the prestigious Civic Orchestra of Chicago (Training Orchestra of the Chicago Symphony) enabled Camphouse to study trumpet privately for two years with legendary Chicago Symphony Principal Trumpet Emeritus, Adolph Herseth.

Camphouse began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his First Symphony when he was 17.  His 25 published works for wind band (Alfred, Kjos, Southern, and TRN Music Companies) have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed widely in the US and abroad.  Many may be heard on the Albany, Citadel and Summit labels.    His compositions have been performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall-Chicago, Royal Albert Hall-London, and conferences of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association,

Music Educators National Conference, American Bandmasters Association, and Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.  Principal commissions include those by the John P. Paynter Foundation, William D. Revelli Foundation, Bands of America, Inc., The United States Army Band, The United States Marine Band, Northshore Concert Band, and some of America’s finest college, high school, and community bands.

Mr. Camphouse has served as a guest conductor, lecturer and clinician in 42 states, Canada and Europe.  He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1999 and has served as coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project since 2000.  He conceived and edited the unique four-volume book series for GIA Publications, Composers on Composing for Band.  He was featured in a nationally broadcast interview on NPR’s “Weekend America,” focusing on his composition entitled A Movement for Rosa honoring late Civil Rights Heroine Rosa Parks, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her single act of courage sparking the modern Civil Rights movement.

Camphouse is Professor and Associate Director of the School of Music at George Mason University where he conducts the wind symphony and teaches courses in conducting and composition.    Other principal artistic, administrative, and educational positions he has held include serving as Music Director and Conductor of the New Mexico Music Festival at Taos Symphony Orchestra (1977-1982), Music Division Head of the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts (1985-1989), Acting Dean of Music of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida during the 1998-99 academic year, and Director of Bands at Radford University in Virginia from 1984-2006.

He won the 15th Annual National Band Association Composition Competition in 1991, received the 1991 Radford University Dedmon Award for Professorial Excellence (Radford’s highest faculty honor), and attained regional finalist status in the prestigious White House Fellowship Competition in 1992.  Virginia Governor Mark Warner presented Professor Camphouse with a 2002 Outstanding Faculty Award, sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.  This award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s colleges and universities for demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, and public service.

Mark Camphouse has been married to Elizabeth Ann Curtis (Director of GMU’s Potomac Arts Academy) since 1982.  They have twin daughters, Beth and Briton.

Our National Adjudicators for 2015 (TBA)