Four State Band Festival

May 7, 2020



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2019 Guest Conductors


Sarah McKoin - Director of Bands, Texas Tech University

Dr. Sarah McKoin serves as the Director of Bands, Professor of Music and Chair of the conducting area at Texas Tech University. Her responsibilities include Conductor and Musical Director of the TTU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, administrating the graduate program in wind conducting, pedagogy and wind literature, while overseeing all facets of the university band program which include 5 concert bands, the 400-member Goin’ Band and other athletic bands.

Under Dr. McKoin’s direction, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been featured at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and the College Band Director’s National Association Southwest regional conferences. Dr. McKoin’s ensemble has recorded for Naxos and Albany on world premiere recordings of the wind music of Chen Yi and Narong Prangcharoen and she has been involved in numerous consortiums and premieres of modern wind works.

Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. McKoin has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She has worked in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Canada, and Israel where she served as producer for the world premiere recording of Roberto Sierra's Fantasia Correliana with the Castellani-Andriaccio guitar duo and Israeli Chamber Orchestra.

Prior to her appointment at Texas Tech, Professor McKoin was the Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and held appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia. Additionally, McKoin spent nine summers in residence on the conducting faculty at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina as the Director of the Transylvania Wind Ensemble and has taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has served as President of the Southwest Division of the College Band Director's National Association as well as President of the Big 12 Band Director’s Association. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.


Anthony Marinello - Director of Bands, Illinois State University

Anthony C. Marinello, III serves as Director of Bands at Illinois State University where he is the conductor and music director of the Illinois State University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, he leads the graduate wind conducting program and teaches courses in instrumental conducting. He joins the faculty at Illinois State University from The University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting. Before pursuing his graduate studies at The University of Texas, he served on the faculty of the Butler School of Music as Assistant Director of the Longhorn Band, Director of the Longhorn Pep Band, and Assistant to the Director of Bands. Prior to his appointment at The University of Texas, Marinello served on the faculty of Virginia Tech as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands.

Marinello has previously taught in the public schools of Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas. Marinello received invitations to the National Band Association’s 2006 Young Conductor Mentor Project and 2008 International Conductors Symposium in Rome, Italy where he conducted La Banda dell’Esercito (Italian Army Band). In 2011, he received an invitation to the West Point Conducting Workshop where he conducted the West Point Band. Marinello holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University and the Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Roy D. Magnuson - Composer

Roy David Magnuson (b. 1983) has composed music for orchestra, wind ensemble, concert band, chamber ensembles, vocalists, electroacoustic ensembles and films.  His works have been performed throughout the United States at venues such as the Red Note Music Festival, the New Music Cafe, Illinois State University, Ithaca College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, and by the Elan String Quartet, the Quasari Quartet, the Quad City Wind Ensemble and the Air Force Band of Mid-America.

Roy received his B.M. Theory/Composition from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, his M.M. Composition from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, and his D.M.A from the University of Illinois. Private studies include Don Davis, David Maslanka, George Tsontakis, Jennifer Higdon, Steven Stucky, Karel Husa and Joan Tower.

Due to the success of his wind writing, in 2008 Roy was asked to contribute a chapter to the GIA Publication Composers on Composing for Band, Volume IV which is currently available via GIA Publications.

Roy is currently an Instructional Assistant Faculty member at Illinois State University where he teaches freshman and sophomore theory and coordinates the freshman theory curriculum.

Roy is a member of ASCAP and his music is recorded on Albany Records.

Application Information

Information for the 2019 Festival:

DATE:  Thursday, May 2, 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, March 1, 2019

ELIGIBILITY:  High School musicians (grades 9-12) recommended by their high school band directors.


FOUR STATE BANDS:  These bands will provide an excellent musical and educational experience for the proficient music student and will afford an opportunity to combine the talents of students from the four-state region.  The ensembles will rehearse with the guest clinicians and perform on the Festival Concert. 

FEE:  The cost for each student participant is $20.00, which includes the day's activities and a lunch.  The registration fee is payable at the time of notification of selection and acceptance by the student.

BAND PERSONNEL:  Participants for the bands will be chosen and placed on the basis of 1) musical honors achieved (all-state, all-district, etc.)  2) director's recommendation 3) instrumentation needs 4) seniority in school and 5) promptness of application. Directors are asked to be as informative and as accurate as they can be in their recommendations. We hope that students will regard it as a privilege to play in the Four State Festival Bands and will accept their seating as assigned.

FORMAL CONCERT:  The Festival Concert will be at 7:00pm on the evening of May 2nd.  The Festival Honor Bands will perform on the concert with the PSU Wind Ensemble. All of the participants are asked to wear their respective concert attire. If there is any question, coats and ties for men and dresses for women would be appropriate.

SCHEDULE, MUSIC, INSTRUCTIONS:  A complete schedule, the assigned music, and a set of instructions will be sent to each student via the school when selected.

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