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Applications for the CFW 2019 Honor Band are now formally closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! Please contact cufestivalofwinds@gmail.com with any questions.

What is the Columbia Festival of Winds Honor Band?

The Columbia Festival of Winds (CFW) Honor Band is a group comprised of talented high school instrumentalists from the New York City metropolitan area. Selected by members of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble and Music Director Jason Noble, the Honor Band will rehearse with renowned Marywood University Director of Bands Dr. David Romines for a performance at the Eleventh Annual Columbia Festival of Winds. The Eleventh Annual CFW is a day-long event taking place on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 that will feature continuous performances from wind bands from around the New York City area, including youth bands, community bands, college bands, and the Honor Band. The Honor Band will rehearse all day on Saturday, March 30th, then open the concert on Sunday, March 31st.

Why should you apply?


The Honor Band presents high school students a unique opportunity to perform in New York City’s premier wind music festival alongside its most celebrated wind groups. It is also an opportunity for students interested in applying to Columbia University or Barnard College to gain meaningful experience participating in an on-campus arts event and to interact with college students active in the university’s music performance community.

Honor Band Schedule

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 – First Rehearsal, 10 AM - 5 PM, with a lunch break           

Sunday, March 31st, 2019 –  Dress Rehearsal (tentative), 10 AM - 12 PM

                                               Performance (tentative), 1 PM - 2 PM


All events will take place in Alfred Lerner Hall, 2029 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027.


Members of the Honor Band will be provided with lunch on Saturday, brunch on Sunday, and pizza following the concert on Sunday, as well as T-shirts to commemorate the weekend. Members will also be sent a concert recording.

The CFW 2018 Honor Band rehearses with conductor Prof. Randall Coleman

CUWE VP and CFW Coordinator Betsy Ladyzhets and CUWE President Brent Morden speak to the CFW 2018 Honor Band

How do I apply for the Honor Band?

You must be a current student enrolled in a high school in the greater New York City area. You must play an instrument that is standard in wind ensembles/symphonic bands/concert bands. All eligible students are welcome and encouraged to apply. The formal deadline for all applications is 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019; however, the application form will remain open until Sunday, February 10th, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis to fill out remaining instrumentation.

The participation fee for 2019 CFW Honor Band is $80, which can be paid in cash or check. This fee can be reduced for students with demonstrated financial need. There is no fee to apply.

To apply, please fill out the Google form at: https://tinyurl.com/applycfw2019 


This form asks you to submit an audition video (or videos) showcasing the following: 1) a solo excerpt between two and four minutes long which showcases your skill in playing contrasting music (e.g. lyrical/legato vs. technical/articulated), and 2) two scales which are chromatically adjacent and at least two octaves each.

Students who have been accepted to All-State or Area All-State in the past may be exempt from the audition video requirement; please email cufestivalofwinds@gmail.com for more information about this exemption.


Any application materials which cannot be uploaded to the Google form should be submitted to: cufestivalofwinds@gmail.com


Additional Information


In addition to or in place of the above form and audition video, we encourage you to submit a letter of recommendation from your band director or private instructor. This letter should explain why the instructor recommends the applicant, including qualifying the applicant’s musical ability and personal reliability. Applicants who do not submit a letter of recommendation will not be jeopardized in any way. Please e-mail this letter, along with the rest of your application materials, to cufestivalofwinds@gmail.com, or attach it to the Google form.


Applicants who participate in the Honor Band are expected to arrange their own overnight lodging and transportation to Alfred Lerner Hall, W. 115th and Broadway, New York, NY 10027. By subway, Alfred Lerner Hall is accessible from the 1 train (116th St.-Columbia University station). By bus, it is accessible from the M4, M60-SBS, and M104 (Broadway/West 116th St. stop). If you anticipate any difficulties with transportation or overnight lodging, please contact cufestivalofwinds@gmail.com to explain your circumstances.

Dr. David Romines

About Dr. David Romines


F. David Romines serves Marywood as Director of Bands and Co-Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. He has directed music ensembles from public and private schools, community groups, colleges and universities, the military, and professional organizations. Over the past ten years, he has appeared as conductor and clinician over 100 times in 35 states, as well as Canada, South Korea, Germany, Italy, and China. His research related to conducting pedagogy and study-abroad experiences have been published in multiple editions of the American Bandmaster’s Association Journal of Band Research, the discipline’s top research publication. Since 2003, he has authored 12 published articles on a variety of topics related to music education and instrumental music techniques. Romines is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Music Educator’s Journal and serves on the Sudler Award Committee. In 2014, he was awarded the Marywood University Distinguished Faculty Award for Distinction in Discipline. In the spring of 2015, Romines founded the Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble in collaboration with American Youth Ensembles, Conn-Selmer, Inc. and Hal Leonard Music. This ensemble is designed for the enrichment of accomplished high school musicians and serves as a valuable teaching laboratory for Marywood Music Education Majors.


Romines earned Bachelor and Master of Music diplomas in Music Education from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied conducting with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo. Romines has received additional formal conducting instruction from Richard Blatti, Ray Cramer, Tom Lee, Allan McMurray, and Steven Pratt.

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