Northwest High School Honor Band

January 10-11, 2020
Pacific Lutheran University

The Northwest High School Honor Bands will feature music performed by approximately 250 of the finest high school musicians from Idaho, Oregon and Washington. These outstanding high school students are recommended for participation in the event by their high school band directors and the concert is a culmination of two days of intense rehearsals with guest clinicians.

Honor Band is hosted by Pacific Lutheran University under the direction of Dr. Ed Powell and Dr. Ron Gerhardstein.

Honor Band Schedule

Dr. Timothy J. Robblee

Tim Robblee is the Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Shenandoah Conservatory where he guides all aspects of the wind band program, teaches conducting and conducts the Wind Ensemble and EDGE Ensemble. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Associate Director of Bands at Northwestern University where he was also music director and conductor of the Contemporary Music Ensemble. Previously, Robblee has also served as Director of Bands at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and Willamette University in Salem, OR. Prior to graduate study, he taught for eight years as an instrumental music educator in the Palo Alto, California public schools where his students and ensembles were recognized for excellence on a state and national level, including recognition from the 1997 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards as the Outstanding High School Jazz Combo. Robblee maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor in the United States, Canada, and Asia. He is published as part of GIAs Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. As an advocate of music in the public schools, he has presented at music education conferences throughout North America and adjudicated at numerous music festivals. Robblee maintains active memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Music Educators Association and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensemble.

Dr. Peter J. Haberman

Peter Haberman serves as the director of bands and associate professor of music at Concordia College, where he conducts The Concordia Band. He also leads the Echo Band, works with student conductors, teaches music education courses and coordinates the comprehensive band program. Prior to his appointment at Concordia, Haberman held similar positions as director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Bucknell University.

Haberman maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician across North America. His ensembles have performed at conferences and music festivals across the nation and internationally. He also has served as music director for many community ensembles including the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony.

Prior to his college career, Haberman spent several years teaching at the Mercer Island School District in Washington and the Maple Lake School District in Minnesota. He was honored to be the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award and the Principal’s Award for Outstanding Teaching at Mercer Island, and the Maple Lake Employee of the Year Award.

Haberman is an active board member for the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. His honorary memberships include Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

A native of Minnesota, he has earned degrees from Concordia College, the University of Montana, and the University of Minnesota, where he completed a Doctor of Music Arts in conducting. Haberman lives in Moorhead, Minnesota, with his wife, Erika Tomten, and their daughter, Claire.

High school directors, please use the link provided below to create or login with an OpusEvent account to nominate and recommend students that you would like to participate in the Northwest High School Honor Band. The nomination deadline is October 10, 2019. We ask that before nominating a student, please check with each student concerning their availability. There is a participant fee of $110 for each student participating in the Honor Band.

Link to the Honor Band information letter, schedule.

Nominations for January 2020 will open September 1st at:

OpusEvent Honor Band Nominations

Honor Band Registration will be made available following the designated nomination period.

Once nominations have been reviewed Honor Band participants will be notified of acceptance via email and provided access to registration.  Once received, please complete registration and payment using the OpusEvent link provided by December 15th.

  • Participant fees: $110 (non-refundable) / Deadline: December 15, 2019.
  • Concert CD: $20

Please note that no refunds will be allowed after event registration has been completed, and no registration or payment will be accepted following the deadline of December 15th.

Audition Materials for Chair Placement

After participant’s check in on January 10th, chair placement auditions will be held in various rooms in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center. Please open and print the PDF version of your part for your instrument and practice prior to the January 10th check in.

Flute, Oboes, Clarinet (B-Flat), Clarinet (Bass), Clarinet (Contra Bass), Bassoon, Sax (Alto), Sax (Bari), Sax (Tenor), Trumpet/Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium TC, Euphonium BC, Tuba, Mallets, Snare Drum, Timpani, Double Bass

JANUARY 11, 2020

5:00pm Performance
Northwest High School
Concert Band


6:30pm Performance
Northwest High School
Symphonic Band

The concerts are held in Lagerquist Concert Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center. Free Admission / No Tickets.

General information regarding your time at PLU for Honor Band

ATTIRE: For the performances, students should plan on wearing standard concert attire that they would normally wear for school performances.  Aside from the concerts, casual dress is appropriate.