Capital University Band Festival | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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  • Capital University Band Festival

    November 22-23, 2019

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    • Event Overview

       Entering its 18th year, the Capital University Band Festival is a multi-faceted event designed to provide students the opportunity to work with internationally recognized composers and conductors. The festival is held annually on the beautiful Capital University campus and past guests have included Frank Ticheli, Michael Markowski, Craig, Kirchhoff, Paula Crider, and Ray Cramer. 

      Read the Full Schedule

      This year, we are honored to have as our Featured Guest Artist, award-winning composer, John Mackey.

      Honor Band Conductors
      Jeffrey D. Gershman
      James Swearingen
      Tony Zilincik
      Ryan Shaw

      Performances by
      Capital University Symphonic Winds
      Capital University Wind Symphony
      Capital University Chamber Ensembles
      Pickerington North High School Symphonic Band

      Student Highlights

      • Participate in one of two honor bands
      • Collaborate and perform with an internationally recognized guest composer
      • Participate in master classes led by Capital Conservatory faculty and alumni

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      Student Nomination for the Honor Band Showcase

      Directors may nominate up to eight students to participate in the Honors Wind Ensemble, Honors Symphonic Band, and Honors Concert Band. To nominate students, please complete the online nomination form. So that we can complete the selection process in a timely manner, nominations must be submitted by no later than Friday, September 27 and no nominations will be accepted after this date. When nominating students, we ask that you list them according to ability, regardless of instrument, and that they are available and express an enthusiastic desire to participate in the event. Directors will be notified by e-mail regarding which students have been selected to participate in the Honor Band Showcase by Friday, October 4 and your selected students will be contacted soon after that.


    • Guest Artist

      John MackeyJohn Mackey has written for orchestras (Brooklyn Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony), theater (Dallas Theater Center), and extensively for dance (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance Company, New York City Ballet), but the majority of his work for the past decade has been for wind ensembles (the fancy name for concert bands), and his band catalog now receives annual performances numbering in the thousands. Recent commissions include works for the BBC Singers, the Dallas Wind Symphony, military, high school, middle school, and university bands across America and Japan, and concertos for Joseph Alessi (principal trombone, New York Philharmonic) and Christopher Martin (principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic). In 2014, he became the youngest composer ever inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. In 2018, he received the Wladimir & Rhoda Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    • Honor Band Conductors

      Jeffrey D. Gershman 

      Gershman newDr. Jeffrey D. Gershman is the Director of Wind Ensembles and an Associate Professor of Music at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, and teaching advanced conducting. His past positions include serving as the Associate Director of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Director of Instrumental Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the Co-Director of Instrumental Music at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, New York. Dr. Gershman holds two degrees from Indiana University, having received his Bachelor of Music Education with High Distinction as well as his Master of Music in Wind Conducting—the first such degree awarded by the Jacobs School of Music. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree at The University of Texas at Austin.

      Dr. Gershman maintains an active conducting schedule, having led performances with both of Dallas’ professional wind ensembles, the Dallas Winds and the Lone Star Wind Orchestra as well as high school honor bands throughout the United States. He has presented lectures at many state and national conventions and is in high demand as adjudicator, having judged band festivals throughout the United States as well as in Singapore and Australia. In addition, Dr. Gershman has published articles on repertoire, programming, and score study which have been hailed as “groundbreaking.” As an arranger, his transcriptions of works by Frank Zappa and John Corigliano, and Eric Whitacre have received critical acclaim, with performances at Carnegie Hall as well as regional and national conventions.

      James Swearingen 

      Jim Swearingen newJames Swearingen is unquestionably one of the most performed composers of band music in the world today. A recipient of numerous ASCAP awards, his trend-setting compositions and arrangements have a style and energy that truly are exceptional. It should come as no surprise that year after year his music is received enthusiastically by student musicians and band directors from all parts of the world. His busy schedule includes many engagements as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe and the People’s Republic of China.  

      Tony Zilincik

      Tony ZilincikTony Zilincik is currently an associate professor of music at Capital University where he teaches tuba, composition and theory, and directs Capital Thunder, the University's tuba/euphonium ensemble. He is the principal tubist with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, and maintains a large private low brass studio.

      He is the tubist in the Capital Brass quintet, the faculty quintet at Capital University, the Cathedral Brass quintet at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, and is the director and coordinator of Merry TUBACHRISTMAS Columbus. He is the E-flat tuba soloist and assistant conductor with the Brass Band of Columbus and has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He is the former music director of the Central Ohio Brass Band and has performed with many touring shows including Annie, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Game of Thrones Live.

      He is active as a soloist and composer having recently appeared in both roles at the West Fork New Music Festival and the Electro Acoustic Barn Dance. He appears annually at the What You Will Festival of Improvised Music and is a champion of improvisation. His compositions have received performances in the United States and abroad and many are published by Cimarron Music. You can find more information here:

      Ryan Shaw 

      Shaw newRyan Shaw is assistant professor of music education at Michigan State University's College of Music, where he teaches Introduction to Music Education, Teaching Instrumental Music, and graduate courses in psychology of music education, curriculum, and measurement. Prior to joining Michigan State University, Shaw was area head of music education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. At Capital, Shaw taught introduction and methods courses, and also coordinated all aspects of the undergraduate music education and summer masters in music education instrumental track programs. Additionally, Shaw advised Capital’s collegiate NAfME chapter and oversaw the Capital University Winds and Percussion Camp and the Complete Band Director Workshop.

      Shaw received his Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University and earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music education from the University of Michigan. His scholarly interests include arts education policy and the ways that policy affects music teacher stress, planning, and instructional practices. Prior to teaching at the college level, Shaw held positions teaching middle and high school band in two Michigan communities: Berkley (Southeast Michigan) and Cedar Springs (West Michigan).

      Shaw has presented research at the AERA Annual Meeting, the NAfME In-Service Conference, the NAfME Teacher Education and Research Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, the Midwest Clinic, the IMTE Biennial Colloquium, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, and the International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education. He has also been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Contributions to Music Education. Shaw is also active in professional organizations. He serves on the editorial board for Music Educators Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, and Contributions to Music Education. Shaw also serves as program chair for the American Educational Research Association Music Education Special Interest Group and is the Government Relations Committee Coordinator for the Michigan Music Education Association.

    • Student Information

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      Honor Band Audition Excerpts
      Audition excerpts for the Honors Wind Ensemble, Honors Symphonic Band, and Honors Concert Band are now available. Download your music below.

      2019 Schedule
      The 2019 Band Festival Schedule will be available here.



      Frequently Asked Questions

      1. I am interested in participating in the Band Festival (BandFest), what is my next step?

      Talk with your band director. Participation in BandFest is based on director nominations and instrumentation needs. We take nominations for BandFest in September-October.

      2. What do I wear?

      Attire for the weekend is casual. Saturday, students should bring a change of clothes for the concert. Concert dress should be the concert attire you use for your high school.

      3. Where can I find the music for seating auditions?

      The information and music for seating auditions will be sent out approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start of BandFest. The list of audition times will be sent out a few days afterwards. Once the links to the music are sent out, we will upload them to our BandFest page.

      4. What will I be required to play for my seating audition?

      Auditions will consist of audition excerpts (provided), scales, and sight reading. There is no need to bring a prepared solo work.

      5. When will information be sent out about housing?

      Only students who live 90 minutes or more will be eligible to receive housing. Specific housing information will be sent out no later than the week of BandFest. If you have a special request, email us at

      6. Where are students housed?

      Students will stay in a residence hall on campus. Resident Assistants will be staying in the hall as well. Students will be paired with a roommate for the night and will be provided breakfast in the morning. 

      7. Will I be given a note to be excused from school?

      Yes. We will email you a letter that you can turn in to your school, which explains our event, and that asks your school to excuse you from class that day.

      8. Where do I pay for BandFest?

      If you are personally paying for BandFest, you can follow this link to pay.

      If your school or band booster organization is paying, please send checks to the following address:
      Capital University
      Attn: Mindy Hamel
      1 College & Main St
      Columbus, OH 43209 

      9. How do I order a BandFest T-shirt?

      You will have the option of purchasing a T-shirt for an additional $15 each when you register for the event.

      10. Any other questions?

      Please email This is the most efficient way to get in contact with us, and we will respond back quickly!