Honors Weekend



Honors Weekend features two fantastic bands and lots of opportunities to learn, grow, and share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with giants of the wind band world and other band students.

Registration closes December 16, 2019. Entrance into the Concert Band is based on high school director recommendation and all names must be submitted by director and not by student. Entrance into the Wind Ensemble will be based on a personal application and audition recording submitted by each musician.

Wind Ensemble

This elite ensemble of 50-60 musicians is open to all high school band members grades 9-12 and will be selected through application and recorded audition.

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Concert Band

This is our non-audition group for freshmen and sophomores by director recommendation only. Please limit your recommendations to 9th and 10th graders, up to 20% of your ensemble's size. Rank your student recommendations from top to bottom. If accepted, part assignments will be made to properly balance the ensemble.

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Honors Weekend Includes:

  • The chance to perform a fantastic set of concert music with other band students from all over Kentucky and neighboring states
  • Work with our fabulous guest directors
  • Clinics/Masterclasses with the world-class UK music faculty
  • Attend a concert featuring the UK Wind Symphony and perform a combined piece with these musicians on the Honors concert

2020 Clinicians

Joining us this year are three distinguished guests! The renown composer Omar Thomas will be teaching, Dr. Ric Goode will be conducting the Wind Ensemble, and Lafe Cook will conduct the Concert Band. Check back soon for more information.

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Omar Thomas

Hailed by Herbie Hancock as showing "great promise as a new voice in the further development of jazz in the future," educator, arranger, and award-winning composer Omar Thomas has created music extensively in the contemporary jazz ensemble idiom. Thomas's music has been performed in concert halls across the country, and he has been commissioned to create works in both jazz and classical styles. His work has been performed by such diverse groups as the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, the San Francisco and Boston Gay Mens' Choruses, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. His work is featured on Dianne Reeves's Grammy Award-winning album, Beautiful Life.

Thomas's group, the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble has released two albums, I Am and We Will Know: An LGBT Civil Rights Piece in Four Movements. I Am debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Albums Chart.





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Ric Goode

Dr. Rick Good has served as the Director of Bands at Auburn University since 2007, earning rank of Professor of Music in 2009. His current duties include conducting the Auburn University Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, the university’s top, premiere wind and percussion ensemble; overseeing the development of all Auburn University bands; and teaching both graduate and undergraduate conducting and wind literature courses. Under his direction, the AU Symphonic Winds have been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Conference in February 2014.

Dr. Good received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Euphonium Performance at Arizona State University in 1997 and served as the Acting Associate Director of Bands during the 1994-1995 academic year. He earned his Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting from Louisiana State University and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Before earning advanced degrees, Dr. Good taught for seven years in the public schools of Pennsylvania and Virginia. He has been privileged to study with nationally-renowned names in conducting and low-brass performance, including Richard Strange, Frank Wickes, Donald Stanley, Sam Pilafian, Dan Perantoni, and Larry Campbell.




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Lafe Cook

Lafe Cook has been a high school band director for twenty-six years and is in his twentieth year as the Director of the Dobyns-Bennett Band Program in Kingsport, Tennessee.  Mr. Cook is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was drum major of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band and a graduate assistant with the music department.  He taught at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia for six years prior to coming to Dobyns-Bennett.  Mr. Cook’s teaching responsibilities at Dobyns-Bennett High School include directing the Wind Symphony, the Marching Band, and administering the 350 member band program. He currently serves as the Supervisor of Secondary Bands for Kingsport City Schools.  He also has served two terms on the board of directors for the Kingsport Ballet and he currently serves the City of Kingsport as a liaison with city government regarding improvements in Kingsport’s arts and entertainment infrastructure and atmosphere. Mr. Cook is Past President of the East Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association and is President Elect of the Tennessee Music Education Association.