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Tarleton Invitational Band Festival


Bands that participate in the Invitational Band Festival receive

  • Professional Stage Performance Recording
  • Post-Concert Clinic by the Composer-In-Residence
  • Audio & Written Comments by the Adjudication Panel
  • Conductor Head shot Video (New for 2014)
  • Clinic by one of the Stage Adjudicators

COST: $250.00


2014 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 Holsinger

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 2014 Invitational Band Festival are now available. 

TIBF IV (March 28-29, 2014) With David Holsinger

In 1999, following 15 years of service as music minister, worship leader, and composer in residence to Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, composer/conductor David R. Holsinger joined the School of Music faculty at Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, as the inaugural Conductor of the Lee University Wind Ensemble. Holsinger’s duties include teaching advanced and graduate level instrumental conducting, orchestration, and composition.  An overview of music at Lee University appears on the LINKS page of this site.

David R. Holsinger (b. 12/26/1945, Hardin, Missouri), twice the recipient of the prestigious Ostwald Composition Prize of the American Bandmasters Association, was educated at Central Methodist College [Now Central Methodist University], Fayette, Missouri; Central Missouri State University [Now University of Central Missouri], Warrensburg; and the University of Kansas, Lawrence.  His primary composition study has been with Donald Bohlen at Central Missouri State and Charles Hoag at the University of Kansas.

David R. Holsinger is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association.  Over the past several years, Holsinger has been named a National Patron of Delta Omicron Music Fraternity, awarded the Distinguished Music Alumni Award from Central Missouri State University, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s Orpheus Award, as well as, honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi National Music Fraternity and the Women’s National Band Directors Association, and most recently, honored as a Sigma Alpha Iota National Arts Associate.

During festivities surrounding the premiere of the composer’s THE EASTER SYMPHONY, Holsinger was honored by Gustavus Adolphus College with the awarding of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for lifetime achievement in composition and presented the Gustavus Fine Arts Medallion, the division’s highest award, designed and sculpted by renowned artist, Paul Granlund (1925-2003).  Holsinger was the fourth composer honored with this medal and joins a distinguished roster which includes, among others, Gunther Schuller, Jan Bender, Csada Deak, and Libby Larsen.

In April of 2003, Holsinger was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Methodist College, and the following month, at Graduation Ceremonies, Dr. Paul Conn, President of Lee University presented the composer with the university’s prestigious “Excellence in Scholarship” faculty award for his continued achievement in musical composition.  In November 2004, during Homecoming Festivities, the Alumni Association of Lee University named the composer, “2004 Honorary Alumnus of the Year”.

In December of 2010, at their annual luncheon at the MidWest Clinic in Chicago, the Women Band Directors International awarded the composer the “Al G. Wright Award” for his continued support through the years of women band directors.  This award is named for Al G. Wright, Conductor Emeritus of the Purdue University Band, and husband of founding WBDI charter member, Mrs. Gladys Wright.

In December, 2011, Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity honored Holsinger with their “Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year” Award during its annual meeting at the Mid-West Clinic in Chicago.   This award was founded in 1984 and presented initially to Col. Arnold Gabriel.  Since then, annual recipients have been John Bourgeois, Ray Cramer, Frederick Fennell, Harry Begian, James Croft, Don Wilcox, and Lowell Graham, among others.

In July of 2012, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity inducted Holsinger into it’s distinguished Alpha Alpha Chapter at its National convention in Orlando.    Holsinger, who originally was inducted into Beta Mu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha in the Spring of 1964, was also presented with the Signature Sinfonian Medal, one of the fraternity’s highest honors.

Over the past thirteen years, Holsinger served as Visiting Composer in Residence at eleven American colleges or universities, including the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee.

In the summer of 1998, the United States Air Force Band of the West featured Holsinger as the HERITAGE VI composer during the Texas Bandmasters Association convention in San Antonio.  This prestigious series celebrating American wind composers was founded in 1992 and had previously honored Morton Gould, Ron Nelson, Robert Jager, W. Francis McBeth, and Roger Nixon.  This collection of recorded concerts has become, in recent years, a very special addition to the wind music world.  These recorded concerts are available on the web through the Texas Bandmasters Association web site.  In 1999, the Christian Instrumental Directors Association awarded Holsinger its “Director of the Year” citation.  The composer has also been honored with biographical inclusion in “The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music”, Vol. I and III, and in Norman Smith’s “Program Notes for Band”.

Holsinger’s compositions have received kudos in several national competitions.  He won the National Federation of Music Clubs Band Composition Contest in 1970. In 1971, THE WAR TRILOGY was awarded first place in the Kent State University Band Composition Contest. LITURGICAL DANCES was first runner-up in both the 1981 NBA-DeMoulin and ABA-Ostwald competitions.  In 1982, the ABA-Ostwald prize was awarded to Holsinger’s THE ARMIES OF THE OMNIPRESENT OTSERF.   In 1986, Holsinger’s THE DEATHTREE, was a finalist in both the NBA-DeMoulin and the Sudler International Competition. His composition, IN THE SPRING AT THE TIME WHEN KINGS GO OFF TO WAR, won the 1986 ABA-Ostwald Prize.

Much of Holsinger’s music is characterized by unrelenting tempos, ebullient rhythms, fluctuating accents over set ostinati, poly-lineal textures, vigorous asymmetrical melodies, and high emotional impact. His adagio works are as intransigently passionate as his allegros are exuberant!  – TRN program notes.

Compositions by David Holsinger receiving outstanding reviews include THE EASTER SYMPHONY, a three movement, 55-minute chorale symphony based on the Passion of Christ, and the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command Band commission, TO TAME THE PERILOUS SKIES.  High marks by reviewers have also been given to the memorial work, CONSIDER THE UNCOMMON MAN; PRAISES, a six-movement ballet suite; SCRAPPY BUMPTOE’S PICTURE CARDS AND RAGTAG DIARY, composed for the Kansas Brass Quintet; SINFONIA VOCI for band and choir; TEXAS PROMENADE, celebrating the 50th Anniversary Convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association; and THE SONG OF MOSES, a four movement band/choral work premiered by the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants and selected for broadcast nationally on a National Public Radio Special Project on Vocal Music in August, 1997.

In a compositional departure, Holsinger closed the University of Kansas’ Murphy Hall 50th Anniversary celebration year conducting a performance of SONGS OF THIS WAR 1914-1918, a work for Soprano and Baritone soloists and a chamber orchestra of 19 instruments in 2008.  One of only a handful of works Holsinger has composed for chamber forces, SONGS OF THIS WAR is based on seven poems by WWI soldier poets.

Other much played works in Holsinger’s band catalogue include THE WAR TRILOGY 1971, a special edition of the Kent State contest winner; ABRAM’S PURSUIT; a rollicking overture based on a story from the Book of Genesis; HOMAGE: THREE TAPESTRIES, the composer’s tribute to Vaclav Nehlybel; and ADAGIO, about which one reviewer penned, “Composed in memory of a departed friend, this work is an intensely emotional synthesis of both joy and pain, the result being a beauty touched with sadness similar to the effect achieved by Albinoni’s famous Adagio.”

SCOOTIN’ ON HARDROCK, a jazz suite for concert band, and BATTLE MUSIC, a work inspired by Revelations 12:7; ‘And there was war in Heaven….’ have already seen a major number of performances since their publication in 2001.  Not to be overlooked is Holsinger’s translation of the American hymn, ‘It is Well with my Soul’.  ON A HYMNSONG OF PHILIP BLISS, his largest selling work, has become a part of the national dialogue with numerous televised memorial performances in recent years, including the commemorative services for the Challenger Astronauts, the State Funeral and Interment of President Ronald Reagan, the dedication of the World War II Memorial, and national commemoratives for our fallen heroes of the American Armed Forces, past and present.

New compositions since 2007 include DIVERTIMENTED DANCES, seven whimsical movements penned for the Massachusetts All-State Band; SYMPHONIA GLORIOSO, a concert fanfare celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lee University President, Dr. Paul Conn; ELEGY ON AN AMERICAN FOLKTUNE, a memorial work; and OTSERF 2: REVENGE OF THE WARRIOR PRINCE, a work honoring Robert Foster, Conductor Emeritus of the University of Kansas.  New titles in 2008 included FANFARE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS for Brass and Percussion, and for band, LITTLE FANTASY ON AN AMERICAN HYMN and THE MAELSTROM, perhaps best viewed as a commentary on war, not unlike his 1971 WAR TRILOGY.
With the 2009 creation of CITYSCAPE III: MORNING HOURS, SALVATION LIGHT, Holsinger’s CITY SYMPHONY has been completed and published in its entirety by TRN Music Publishers.  Other 2009 publications were LEGACY MUSIC and LITTLE FANTASY ON AN AMERICAN HYMN.

2010 saw the publication of six new works, including COAL MOUNTAIN PORTRAIT, written for the West Virginia All State Band; COLONEL WADE’S TWIN SISTER, a composition honoring John Wade, a hero of the Texas Revolution; and FANFARES, a work for large symphonic band and four brass trios.

Large project for the summer of 2010 was REAGAN OF ILLINOIS, a 30 minute work for Band, Narrator and Chorus, commissioned by the City of Dixon, Illinois to celebrate the 100th birthday of hometown boy, President Ronald Reagan.  Premiered in February of 2011, REAGAN OF ILLINOIS, is published by TRN Music in two parts, one for band and narrator and Part II, for band and chorus.

In 1995, Mark Recording Studios of Clarence, New York, released the first two CD volumes of a projected multi-volume anthology.  These volumes, THE SYMPHONIC WIND MUSIC OF DAVID R. HOLSINGER, feature major professional and university performing organizations in both live and studio sessions with the composer.  Volumes 1 through 11 are now available.  Volume 11, released in December 2011,  includes recordings of Fanfare Mid-America, Quiet River, Solemn Hymn & Rowdy Dance, Symphonia Glorioso, CityScapes I, II, and III, plus the premiere performance of Reagan of Illinois, Part I and II.

Holsinger was one of eleven composers asked to contribute a chapter in the GIA project entitled COMPOSERS ON COMPOSING FOR BAND.  This projected 4-volume book venture is edited by Mark Camphouse and Volume I, which includes chapters from such notable composers as David Gillingham, Karel Husa, and W. Francis McBeth, among others, was released in December, 2002.   A chapter concerning the music of David Holsinger is included in A COMPOSER’S INSIGHT: THOUGHTS, ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY ON CONTEMPORARY MASTERPIECES FOR WIND BAND, VOL III, edited by Timothy Saltzman and published by Meredith Publications in late 2005.  In addition, Holsinger was the subject of a special article in the German music magazine, “Musik zum Lesen” in celebration of his 60th birthday in December 2005.  He has previously been featured in “Bläsermusik” magazine, also a German publication.  The April, 1999 issue of The Instrumentalist magazine, the world’s leading publication in its genre, featured an interview with the composer, along with two accompanying articles concerning Holsinger’s compositions.  An interview with the composer concerning composing, conducting and music at Lee University was the cover feature in the March 2010 issue of INSTRUMENTALIST Magazine.

In addition to his university teaching, Holsinger spends time as a guest clinician, composer, and conductor throughout the United States.  In recent years, he has conducted the All State Bands in Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Utah, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Indiana, Georgia, Wyoming, South Dakota, Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Massachusetts, and Missouri.

Holsinger has appeared as guest composer/conductor at over 60 major colleges and universities in the past 10 years and has had opportunity to guest conduct outstanding high school honor bands in thirty-seven states.

When not composing or conducting, David plays with his HO Train Layout.

Our National Adjudicators for 2014 (TBA)

Dr. Eric Wilson Baylor University eric
Dr. Scott Hanna University of Texas scott
Dr. Stan Michalski, Jr. Distinguished Emeritus Professor and
Conductor of Bands, Clarion University