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Honor Band Festival 2022

Saturday, November 5, 2022 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 


Welcome to the 2022 UMN Morris High School Honor Band Festival taking place here in the Humanities Fine Arts Building of the Morris campus. The festival’s two bands will be conducted by special guest conductor Dr. Milt Allen and Director of Wind Ensembles at UMN Morris Dr. Simon Tillier. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with university instrumental faculty and guest clinicians. The festival will conclude with a short public performance in the Recital Hall featuring the honor bands and UMN Morris Symphonic Winds. We are delighted that Sarlettes Music, Morris will also be present throughout the day.


Directors and teachers should nominate wind and percussion (including string bass) 9th to 12th grade students for the festival using this form.  Registration/Nomination Forms are due by Friday, September 23.

  • The fee per application for the festival is $25. This includes the musical services of the conductor and clinicians, lunch on campus, and a certificate of participation. Checks should be made out to “UMM.”
  • Please let us know if any student requires financial assistance. We do not wish to disadvantage any participant from taking part through financial hardship.
  • Depending on the number of nominations we hope to form two bands. The form gives enough space to nominate 10 students. Should directors/teachers wish to recommend more please email Dr. Simon Tillier at with the additional details.
  • We will send out electronic copies of each music selection for participants approximately four weeks prior to the event.

I look forward to welcoming you to the UMN Morris Campus for this wonderful day of music making. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Simon Tillier at (320-589-6236).


Dr. Milt Allen has worked with hundreds of schools, community groups and organizations, reaching thousands of students, directors, and community members during his career. He is often credited as being one of the most creative, innovative, inspiring, and non-traditional music educators today. Conductor, clinician, speaker, author, and tireless advocate on behalf of music education, his passion for reaching more musicians at a grass-roots level includes extensive experiences in both public schools and universities in addition to founding a non-profit: The Music Guerrilla, which works with underfunded/underserviced programs in Rwanda, Zambia, Haiti and Compton, CA as well as other schools across the United States.

Milt brings a rare perspective to his role. His cross-genre music interests effectively combine with previous teaching positions in rural/suburban, large/small and public/parochial environments to create a truly unique ability to connect to those he serves. His experiences range from teaching beginning instrumentalists in a boiler room to premiering new works at the university level, to working with young African musicians learning to play an instrument. Yet always, from Glasgow, Scotland to Zambia, Africa, and at regional, state, national and international conferences, Milt’s humor, passion, and experience combine to illuminate the possibilities of both music and the live art of performance.

Milt’s articles and insights have appeared in music, parenting and educational magazines as well as various newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He is also the author of Music, Artistry, and Education: A Journey Towards Musical Growth and Enlightenment, published by GIA/Meredith Music Publications/Hal Leonard. Currently, he is recreating and updating his popular “Milt’s Music Minute” information series for parents, students, and directors.

Ensembles under Doc’s direction have received numerous awards at local, state and national levels including recognition by the United States Congress for Musical Excellence. He is a two-time high school Teacher of the Year, a Kansas Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist, and is listed in various Who’s Who publications. Other honors and distinctions include 5 awards from the Ohio State University School of Music recognizing his teaching and service and selection as a Conducting Fellow for the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 40th Anniversary. In 2008, Dr. Allen became the first civilian in the history of the United States Air Force to tour as a featured conductor (USAF Heritage of America Band) and received an Eastern Illinois University Achievement and Contribution Award. Most recently, he served as the conductor training program guest clinician for the United States Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA.

Dr. Allen is an educational artist for Jupiter Instruments, educational consultant for Nuvo Instruments and serves as a clinician for the Hal Leonard Corporation and GIA/Meredith Music Publications.



London-born, Simon Tillier studied clarinet performance under Alan Hacker and Neville Duckworth at the Royal Northern College of Music and conducting privately with Timothy Reynish and Michael Rose. Simon relocated to North America to pursue masters and doctoral studies in conducting and music education with Glenn Price at the University of Calgary, Canada and Rodney Winther at the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, USA.

 Simon has been on the faculty at UMM since 2011 and continues to have a varied career that includes conducting, performing, and teaching throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Asia, and Latin America. He has served as guest conductor to the Israeli Youth Wind Orchestra and as artistic director to the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. He is a regular guest conductor at events such as the Orquesta Latinoamericana de Vientos in Colombia, South America, and the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp, HKSAR.

Simon’s interdisciplinary approach to performance provides him the opportunity to commission and collaborate on works involving music, word, theatre, and dance. His research into Shakespeare and music is part of a broader area of interest in the renaissance of British wind music in the late twentieth century. Simon currently serves on the editorial committee of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Quarterly Journal.