BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College is hosting the 2023 North Central West Virginia Honor Band Nov. 12-14.  More than 100 students from 23 different schools around the state will arrive Sunday, Nov. 12 and will spend three days on campus, engaging in rehearsals, team-building activities, and several other events geared towards making the honor band experience truly unique.

Guest conductors for this year’s honor band are Dr. Victoria Warnert, assistant professor of music education at Columbus State University; Mr. Cameron Rush, music instructor of Mahidol University International Demonstration School, with guest presentations by Sabato D’Agostino and Kristi Scaccia.

 “I feel immensely proud of our fantastic student assistants, the administration, and our visiting directors in their assistance with making this special event happen,” Robert Palmer, Director of Athletic Bands, said. “Expanding the event to include middle school students is a vital step in engaging that age range in West Virginia. It is amazing that the state will be hosting a middle school All-State Band, but there aren’t enough events for them to continue their arts education and experiences outside of the classroom. The North Central West Virginia Honor Bands aim to provide a high quality musical experience in a safe and engaging environment.

The middle school honor band finale concert will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. The high school honor band concert will take place  at 5 p.m. in the Virginia Thomas Law Performing Arts Center. Admission is free to the events.

In addition to the two finale concerts on Tuesday, the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble will be performing Monday the 13th at 7p in the performing arts center as well. 

West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts and sciences college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan as one of its 2024 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan eighth in Best Value – Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 50 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, nursing and clinical mental health counseling; 20 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 50 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.