Regional High School Musicians Convene at UM, Perform in All-Star Concert

November 10, 2014

MISSOULA – High school musicians from 60 regional schools will convene at the University of Montana Nov. 14-16. During the three days, 220 students will rehearse with UM instrumental faculty, work with world-renowned and Missoula-based composer David Maslanka and perform with renowned international trombonist Phil Ostrander.  

High school students hail from Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington and will compete to join the Maroon Wind Ensemble, Silver Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra.  Those who are selected will perform in a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. This concert and two others are open to the public. The schedule and details follow:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14: UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band I, Dennison Theatre. James Smart and Rob Tapper, directors; David Maslanka, guest composer; and Phil Ostrander, guest trombone soloist. Free.   

  • 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15: String Orchestra of the Rockies, Music Recital Hall. Tickets cost $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students or children. Purchase tickets online at

  • 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 16: UM High School All-Star Maroon and Silver Wind Ensembles and String Orchestra, Dennison Theatre. James Smart, Luis Millán and Russell Newbury, conductors; David Maslanka, guest composer; and Phillip Ostrander, guest trombone soloist. Free.

“We have students coming from tiny farm towns and large urban centers from four states this year,” event organizer and UM music Professor James Smart said. “It will surely show them that UM is the place to be if they are interested in quality, diversity and creativity.”  

The School of Music also will conduct scholarship auditions throughout the weekend, allowing out-of-town students to gain maximum value from their Missoula visit. UM’s School of Music is one of just a handful of schools in the region that offers a full range of programs and professional music degrees.

The school boasts an impressive 100-percent placement rate for its graduates of the Music Education Program – and has done so for more than a decade. 

“UM is committed to student success, and scholarships for talented students are an important part of that commitment,” said Stephen Kalm, dean of UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. 

To learn more about the All-Star Ensembles visit

To learn more about supporting scholarships and the School of Music, call UM Arts Director of Development Christian Gold Stagg at 406-243-4990 or email


Contact: James Smart, UM director of bands, 406-243-4382,