West Virginia University will host its 25th Annual Invitational High School Honor Bands event at the Creative Arts Center during the weekend of Feb. 19 21.

Student musicians from high schools in West Virginia and several surrounding states will participate. They are recommended by their high school band directors and selected on the basis of their ability and accomplishments.

The students will audition Thursday evening and rehearse for two days before presenting the annual Honor Bands Concert Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the WVU Creative Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Honor Bands event is hosted by WVU Director of Bands Don Wilcox and Associate Director John Hendricks. This year more than one hundred schools will participate in the Honor Band weekend. Many of the high school band directors also accompany their students to the event, which serves as a workshop and observation opportunity for area music teachers.

Much of the success of our Honor Bands is due to the outstanding guest conductors who bring their talents to Morgantown each year,said Wilcox.We are pleased to announce that our conductors this year will be Paula Crider, band director emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin; Patrick Casey, director of bands at Central Missouri State University; and Luke Zyla, director of bands at Parkersburg South High School.

Zyla is also a graduate of WVU with bachelors and masters degrees in music education.

As part of the Honor Band Weekend activities, the WVU Wind Symphony will perform a concert Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. This concert, a ticketed event, will also feature the guest conductors for the WVU Invitational Honor Bands event.

For more information about the WVU Invitational High School Honor Bands Concert or the Friday evening WVU Wind Symphony Concert, contact the WVU Creative Arts Center at (304) 293 4841 ext. 3108.