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February 24, 2024 

Gordon College Annual High School Honors Band

General Infomation

Your students will have the opportunity to work with our band director and esteemed music director, Dr. Gabe Southard, on Gordon's beautiful campus. In the evening students will present a shared concert with the Gordon College Symphonic Band, including a combined work. Repertoire will be available on our website closer to the event.

Gordon’s High School Honors band will provide a day-long immersive musical experience for any dedicated musicians who  desire additional learning opportunities. Dr. Gabe Southard has conducted successful honors bands in Michigan for 15 years. His impact on over 1,000 students in that time has been immense, and we are thrilled to offer such an experience to Massachusetts band students in 2024.

All students participating in this High School Honors Band nominated by band directors and private teachers. In lieu of chair placements, we are asking that you briefly assess your student’s playing ability in your response below. You may nominate multiple students.


Honors Band

  • Reed – Armenian Dances, Part 1
  • Wagner - Trauermusik

Gordon Symphonic Band

  • Dello Joio – Scenes from the Louvre
  • Schuman – When Jesus Wept
  • Camphouse – Elegy

Combined Bands

  • DeMeij – Symphony No.1 “Lord of the Rings”
  • I - Gandalf
  • V – Hobbits


9 a.m. Registration (in the Phillips Music Center)
9:45 a.m. Rehearsal (A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel)
11 a.m. Sectionals: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion
12 p.m. Complementary Lunch (Lane Student Center)
1 p.m. Rehearsal (A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel)
2 p.m. Gordon Campus tour (optional)
3 p.m. Rehearsal (A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel)
4:30 p.m. Rehearsal with the full Gordon Symphonic Band
5:30 p.m. Complementary Dinner (Lane Student Center)
7 p.m. Symphonic Band Concert (A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel)

The concert will be live-streamed

Nomination Form 

Have any questions?

For more information contact:

Cordelia Schirer-Suter

Director of Music Admissions