St. Olaf Festival of Bands

About the Festival

The 2017 St. Olaf Festival of Bands, to be held on November 11th, promises to be a stimulating day for students and teachers alike. Culminating an exciting and intense day of rehearsals will be performances by the Festival Band, the St. Olaf Band, and the Norseman Band. The Festival of Bands enjoys a long, successful history of bringing together outstanding high school musicians to prepare and share a program with nationally known artists. There is no cost for students and their band directors to participate in our Festival of Bands, including lunch in our nationally-recognized Stav Cafeteria.

Guest Conductor

Lieutenant Colonel R. Michael Mench assumed the position of Chief, Air Force Bands Division, Secretary of the Air Force, Public Affairs on 1 September, 2016. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lt Colonel Mench began his Air Force career in 1997. Stationed in Texas, Washington DC,California, Ohio and Germany, Colonel Mench led Air Force musical ensembles across the United States and into countries like Costa Rica, Colombia, Nicaragua, Belarus, the Republic of Georgia, Slovakia and has sent groups across Europe and Africa including throughout the Baltics, Balkins, Tunisia, Botswana, Mauritania and Rwanda to only name a few. He brought the Air Force image with music to kings and orphans, presidents and everyday people, rich and poor. Colonel Mench’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

Festival Band Repertoire

Richard Strauss/Banks • Festmusik der Stadt Wien
David Holsinger • On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss
J. P. Sousa/Fennell • Fairest of the Fair
Andrew Boysen, Jr. • Fantasy on a Theme of Sousa

Additionally, Steven Campbell will solo with the St. Olaf Band on a movement from Michael Daugherty’s Reflections on the Mississippi.

 Featured Artist and Clinician

Principal Tuba Steven Campbell, a native of Texas, assumed his current post in fall 2005, after having performed with the Minnesota Orchestra on its 2004 European tour and in numerous subscription concerts. He performed two solos with the Orchestra during the 2010-11 season: Torbjörn Lundquist’s Landscape for Tuba and String Orchestra at subscription concerts and George Kleinsinger’s Tubby the Tuba at education and family concerts. Earlier, in summer 2006, he performed Victor Ewald’s Brass Quintet No. 3 in a Sommerfest chamber concert.