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Festival of Winds


The 10th Annual

Festival of Winds
February 22 ​- 24, 2018

The CSU-Pueblo Festival of Winds has continued to grow in size and participation from the very beginning. Starting with just one honor band in 2009, the Festival has expanded to include four director recommended honor bands by its sixth year, with more than 360 high school students representing high schools across Colorado and neighboring states. The philosophy of the festival is based on the idea that band directors from all high schools know who their deserving students are. Therefore, we leave it up to the high school band directors to recommend up to 15 students for participation. All directors who submit names are ensured to have at least two students selected for participation, with a small caveat that if only one or two students are recommend, they might not be selected depending on instrumentation needs and age of students. Selected students are then given performance materials to prepare for their audition, which takes place at the start of the festival. Those students who rate highest in the audition process are placed in one of two Wind Orchestra. Students who are not selected for the Wind Orchestra are placed in one of two Symphonic Bands, which are equally weighted in ability based on audition results.

However, this is not just a University Honor Band weekend. This Festival of Winds enriches the experience for all students through small group rehearsals and master classes with our CSU-Pueblo applied faculty and all participants enjoy a weekend concert series. Past performances have included the Fountain Creek Brass Band, The United States Air Force Academy Band, a CSU-Pueblo Faculty Recital, and performances by the University Wind Ensemble. Each year, the Festival of Winds also brings in notable national and international guest clinicians to conduct each of the honor bands. Additionally, participating music teachers can register for graduate credit (1 or 2 credit options are available) and participate in the conducting master class where they will conduct the University Wind Ensemble.

How can band directors increase the likeliness of more students to be selected for participation?

There are some general guidelines that are used when selecting students for participation. Factors (in no particular order) that increase the likeliness that a student will be selected include:

  • High School age/class. Upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) stand a better chance to be selected over underclassmen (freshman and sophomores).
  • Students who have participated in previous Festivals may be given some preference to return again in the future
  • Instrumentation is always a key factor in developing balanced bands. Therefore, we encourage Band Directors to always submit students who represent diverse instrumentation. Generally speaking, we tend to receive a lot of recommendations for the following instruments: Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, & Percussion. However, students stand a greater chance to be selected if they play an instrument from one of the following areas: Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, & String Bass


Each fall there are deadlines set to ensure a timely execution of the festival. Band Director Recommendations can be submitted at any time after the start of each fall school year. A priority deadline for Director recommendations takes place on the Friday BEFORE the week of Thanksgiving each November. High School Band Directors who submit at least five names of diverse instrumentation that are submitted by this date are ensured to have at least two students selected for participation in the honor bands. However, Directors are encouraged to continue to submit recommendations up until the start of the festival based on space availability. For a complete list of deadlines, please see the Greeting Letter under the Festival Documents tab at the left side of your screen.


2018 Festival Schedule

Each year's participation roster will be posted above by Mid-January or sooner each year.

Additional Dates

Generally speaking, All Band Directors who submit names for participation will be notified of those who have been selected for participation prior to the January 1st each year. When possible, rosters will be sent out sooner. Similarly, notification will be sent out when audition materials are ready to be downloaded from this web site so that students can begin preparations for their auditions. Rest assured that ALL directors will be notified at the same time (via the email address used when registering students online) when both the participation Rosters and Audition Materials are available.

If you have difficulty using the online submission forms or have any questions at all regarding the Festival, please contact the Festival Director, Dr. Alan Mills, at


Alan W. Mills
Director, Festival of Winds

Ryan van Gilder
Assistant Director, Festival of Winds

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The 2018 Festival of Winds Guest Clinicians/Conductors


    Dr. Caroline Beatty, Texas State University

    Caroline Beatty smiling cheerfully.Caroline Beatty is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Texas State University. Her responsibilities include providing administration and oversight of the university band program, conducting the Wind Symphony, and teaching conducting and band literature courses. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she also served as Interim Conductor of the Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Performances under her direction garner consistent accolades from audience members, composers, and fellow performers for their artistry, excitement, beauty, and craft. While honoring the standard repertoire, Dr. Beatty actively invests in the commissioning and performance of new works. Recent commissioning projects and premiere performances have included compositions by Robert Beaser, Carter Pann, Michael Ippolito, Michael Daugherty, Margaret Brouwer, David Maslanka, Ryan Chase, and Alexandra Gardner.

    Dr. Beatty maintains a vibrant conducting and teaching schedule outside of the university. She recently served as Chief Adjudicator and Clinician for the Victoria School Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia and has been engaged as a conductor for composers’ recording projects, various university wind ensembles, and honor bands throughout the US. Her diverse teaching engagements have included serving as a conducting workshop clinician and providing presentations on a variety of educational and historical topics. Additionally, she is active as a rehearsal clinician for high school and middle school bands.

    Prior to her current position, Dr. Beatty held the position of Associate Director of Bands at Texas State University and Northwestern State University-Louisiana. Her secondary school teaching experience includes thirteen years as a high school band director in the Houston area. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan and holds both a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Beatty is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu International Band Fraternity.

    View Dr. Caroline Beatty's Web page here:


    Dr. Colleen Richardson, Western University, Ontario, Canada

    Colleen Richardson holding a baton.Dr. Colleen Richardson is Coordinator of Bands, directs the Wind Ensemble, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and instrumental music education at Western University in London, Ontario. In collaboration with Dr. Kevin Watson, she administrates the Western Young Winds program, which is a community band for students in grades six to nine, and supervises the undergraduate music education majors selected to rehearse and conduct the ensemble. Prior to her appointment at Western, Dr. Richardson was an Assistant Professor of Music Education and the Wind Ensemble Director at Converse College in South Carolina.

    Besides being active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor nationally, Dr. Richardson has guest conducted or presented her research in Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Wales, and the US. Her research focuses on wind literature, conducting pedagogy, and rehearsal techniques. Publications include articles for the Canadian Winds, and the Canadian Music Educator Journal, as well as multiple study guides for the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Recently, Dr. Richardson produced and edited the Hunsberger DVD within GIA’s DVD set entitled Three Icons: Frank Battisti, Donald Hunsberger, and H. Robert Reynolds. Under her direction, the Western University Wind Ensemble has produced two CDs, Apparitions (Albany Records, 2011) and Explorations (Mark Records, 2016); both recordings are available through iTunes and

    A native of Winnipeg, Dr. Richardson graduated from Brandon University (BMus Ed), the University of Calgary (Wind Conducting Diploma, MMus Conducting), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA Wind Conducting).  Her primary conducting teachers have been Rodney Winther and Glenn Price. However, she has also had opportunities to study with many other well respected composers and conductors, including: Craig Kirchhoff, Karel Husa, Warren Benson, David Maslanka, Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Robert Reynolds, and Jerry Junkin.

    While in Cincinnati completing her doctorate, Dr. Richardson co-directed the Tri-State Chamber Players, as well as served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught general, choral, and instrumental music in the Canadian school system for 14 years.

    Visit Dr. Colleen Richardson's Web page here:


    Ms. Joanne Heaton, Australia

    Joanne Heaton holding a baton.Joanne Heaton has worked as a music educator in many varied environments in Australia and in the USA and, until 2014, served as the Director of Music at Camberwell High School. She completed a Bachelor of Education - Music and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education Studies at Melbourne University. Joanne then received an assistantship to complete a Masters of Music majoring in Conducting Performance at the University of Utah, USA. Before returning to Australia, Joanne undertook the position of Band Director at Eastmont Middle School at Sandy, Utah.

    Joanne is in demand as an adjudicator, conductor, guest lecturer and educative consultant in the USA and Australia and has served as the music education representative for the curriculum writing project; Schools to Careers for the Utah State Office of Education. Joanne has been a guest lecturer and conductor at Monash University and Melbourne University. In 2000 she was awarded the Jordan Education Foundation’s Outstanding Educator of the Year for her work in Utah schools, and in February 2017 she was honored with an ABODA Victoria Excellence in Music Education award. Joanne was invited to be a guest conductor of the Southern Mississippi University Honor Band in February 2007, clinician at the 2012 Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and guest conductor of the International Association of Southeast Asian Schools Honour Band in Kuala Lumpur in 2014.

    Joanne currently serves the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association – National  (ABODA) as Immediate Past President and in July of 2014 commenced a DMA specializing in Wind Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


    Mrs. Kate Margrave, Colorado

    Kate Margrave holding a baton.Kate Flynn Margrave is in her 10th year of teaching at Pine Creek High School and 14th year of her teaching career. At Pine Creek, she teaches marching band, concert band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, orchestra, world drumming, music tech and music composition. Kate received her Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and her Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College in Ashland, OR.

    Her passion is for conducting and wind literature, presenting a clinic on the subject at the Colorado Music Educators Association State Conference, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association State Conference, the California All-State Music Education Conference and at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Kate’s enthusiasm and love for teaching music shines in her students, who work to achieve excellence through their musicality and passion. In March of 2016, the Pine Creek Symphonic Band had the honor of performing at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN. In 2018, this same ensemble will be performing at the Colorado Music Educators Association State Convention, held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO.

    Originally from Massachusetts, Kate moved to Colorado to enjoy the outdoors and the mountains. She married the love of her life, Brian, also a band director, and they have two “bandtastic” beagles, Rosie and Cooper. Kate is an active member of Phi Beta Mu, the International Bandmasters Fraternity, the American School Band Directors Association, Women Band Directors International, the Colorado Bandmasters Association and the Colorado Music Educators Association.

    Visit Kate Margrave's Web page here:



    Dr. Adam Gorb, United Kingdom

    The 2018 Festival of Winds Composer-In-Residence is Dr. Adam Gorb.Adam Gorb CSU-Pueblo Composer-In-Residence for the Festival of Winds.Adam Gorb (born 1958) studied Music at Cambridge University and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he graduated with the highest honours including the Principal’s Prize, in 1993. His compositions include orchestral, ensemble, chamber, solo and choral works, and have been performed, broadcast and recorded world-wide. In the UK his compositions have had performances at contemporary music festivals in Huddersfield, Cheltenham, Hampstead and Highgate, Spitalfields and Canterbury, and he has had concerts entirely devoted to his music in the UK, the USA and Canada. He has been featured composer at Luton and Bromsgrove music clubs and Oxford University. His concert band composition Metropolis has won several prizes, including the Walter Beeler Memorial Prize in the USA in 1994. Three other Wind Ensemble works: Towards Nirvana, Adrenaline City and Farewell have won British Composer Awards.

    Adam Gorb’s works have been performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Maggini Quartet, the BBC Singers, the Tokyo Kosei Wind Ensemble, the Royal Marines and the Liverpool 10/10 ensemble.

    In 2010 a CD devoted to his works was released on the NMC label, and in the same year a large scale choral work Eternal Voices was premiered in Exeter cathedral, and has been performed in several cathedrals around the UK. In 2012 his opera Anya 17 (2012) was premiered in Liverpool and Manchester to great acclaim, and has since been performed in Romania and Germany in 2013, San Francisco in 2014 and Los Angeles in 2016. Recent Wind Ensemble works include Bohemian Revelry (2013), Bells Across the Atlantic (2013), Spring Into Action (2014) and Boat Trip (2016). A CD devoted to his work Dancing in the Ghetto was released in 2016 His next major undertaking is a second opera, The Path To Heaven due to be premiered in the UK in June 2018.

    Adam Gorb has taught and lectured in many European countries, the USA, Canada and Japan. He is Head of School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

    Visit Dr. Colleen Richardson's Web page here:

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