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UA 2021 High School Band

Virtual Music Festival

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Problems logging into Zoom for the event? Need assistance?

Directors: email Timothy Kaiser
Students: email Lee Bottelberghe


Ray E. Cramer

Emeritus Director of Bands
Indiana University


with UArizona Studio Faculty

Music in Video Games

Using Current Brain Research to Get More Out of Practicing

Being a Disney Musician

Mindfulness for Audition Preparation

“Let It Go!”: Tracing One Pervasive Pattern in Film Music, Pop, and Rock

“The Inside Scoop: Things to Know Before Going to College”
(Hosted by University of Arizona Music Students)

Tips for Developing Healthier Practice Habits

From Friars to Frozen 2: The Dies Irae Through the Ages

Disco’s Resurgence in Contemporary Pop

Be Like Sinatra: Playing/Singing Behind the Beat

Yoga for Musicians


  • Formerly known as the “University of Arizona High School Honor Band”
  • Due to COVID-19, we have changed the festival to a Saturday afternoon event open to any high school student, anywhere, for free!
  • Directors of students participating may also attend for no charge!

Event Description

After a brief opening session, all attendees will choose two “elective” sessions of their choice. These 30-minute, bite-sized sessions by the UA Faculty will bring musical topics and ideas unlike any other high school event!

Elective sessions include topics like: breaking down the patterns in pop music and movie music, experiences as a Disney performer, the resurgence of Disco, and many more!

Next, students will move into breakout rooms to attend a 50-minute masterclass session presented by the Fred Fox School of Music applied faculty. This session will include tips and instructions about playing your instrument, presented by outstanding professional musicians on our faculty!

While students are in masterclasses, directors will join Dr. Chad Nicholson, UA Director of Bands, for a special session with the legendary Ray E. Cramer. Mr. Cramer, Emeritus Director of Bands at Indiana University, has conducted around the world, including a 30-year tenure at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo.


Saturday, February 20, 2021
1:00pm – 3:40pm MST

Tentative Schedule:
1:00-1:30 Introductory Session with Dr. Chad Nicholson and the UA Band Staff

1:30-2:00 Elective Session #1

2:00-2:30 Elective Session #2

2:30-3:30 Masterclasses (students) and Ray Cramer Session (Directors)

3:30-3:40 Closing Session

How to Register

The event will be entirely on Zoom. After registering, and shortly before the event, you will receive a special link and passcode to allow entrance.

Please check back here for registration updates!

Registration Deadline: February 18, 2021.
Open until available registrations filled.

Questions? Email Tim Kaiser at