Simpson College has hosted an honor band for 7th and 8th grade students for more than twenty years. This festival allows students from many schools to come together and work with exciting guest conductors. Typically there are over fifty schools that participate. The event occurs in January and students perform in the newly renovated Pote Theatre in the Blank Performing Arts Center.
This year’s festival will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The guest conductors for this year’s festival are TBA.
The guest conductors for the 2014 festival were Mr. Steve McCombs and Mrs. Dalene Obrien. Dalene O’Brien recently retired from 34 years of band directing, the last 32 at Boone Middle School. She has conducted many honor bands around the state and is looking forward to her third time as conductor of the Orpheus Festival. Steve McCombs also recently retired from a distinguished career as a middle school band director in Pella. Steve is a past president if IBA and currently teaches percussion at Simpson College.