UNCP Honor Band

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is pleased to announce the 38th annual Honor Band, to be held on the UNCP campus Saturday, March 18, 2017. This year our guest clinician for the High School Honor Band will be Mr. Brian Balmages.  Please see more information on Mr. Balmages below.

The honor band festival features bands for middle and high school students and is an opportunity for students to work with some of the world's best conductors and clinicians. Students are nominated for membership by their director. During the day there are also special sessions for directors, ranging from clinics to reading sessions.

The Honor Band involves over 200 public school band students from over 60 public schools. 

Registration begins in the lobby of the Givens Performing Arts Center (on the UNCP campus) at 8:00 am, with rehearsals beginning at 8:30 am. The students will rehearse all morning and afternoon, culminating in a concert at 7 pm in GPAC.

For more information contact Dr. Timothy Altman, director of bands, at 910.521.6230 or


Brian BalmagesBrian Balmages (b. 1975) is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and a master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. His compositions have been performed worldwide at the state, national and international level. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. In 2012, Mr. Balmages received the prestigious Albert Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association. He is also a 2010 winner of the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Compositional Excellence, presented by the International Tuba-Euphonium Association.

As a conductor, Mr. Balmages enjoys engagements with numerous all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras along with university and professional groups. Notable guest conducting appearances have included the Midwest Clinic, Western International Band Clinic, National Association for Music Educators, American School Band Directors Association, CBDNA, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. He has also served as an adjunct professor of instrumental conducting and Acting Symphonic Band Director at Towson University in Maryland.

Currently, Mr. Balmages is the Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Lisa and their two sons.

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Past Clinicians:

  • Dennis Fisher
  • Evan Feldman
  • Travis Cross
  • Rodney Winther
  • Robert Sheldon
  • Richard Saucedo
  • Samuel Hazo
  • Marty Spitzer
  • Mark Camphouse
  • Felicia McNaught
  • Liz Hasty
  • Robert W. Smith
  • Richard Clary
  • John Bourgeois
  • John R. Locke
  • Garwood Whaley
  • Robert Sheldon
  • James Swearingen
  • Elliot Del Borgo
  • Herbert L. Day
  • Jack Stamp
  • Frederick Fennell
  • Claude T. Smith
  • W. Francis McBeth
  • Glen Adsit