Internationally known composer Brian Balmages will conduct the 34th Annual Bradley University High School Honor Band on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center. This performance will feature some of the top instrumental students from 41 Central Illinois high schools. The Bradley Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. David Vroman, will open the performance. Admission is $5 for adults and free to students. Dingeldine Music Center is located at the corner of Institute and Barker on the Bradley University campus.

The purpose of this band is to provide high school students with the opportunity to perform with their peers in an Honor Band situation. This experience will also encourage students to remain a part of his or her instrumental music program throughout high school and eventually assume a leadership role for their band program. Students are selected based on their past musical accomplishments.

Brian Balmages (b. 1975) is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University and a master’s degree from the University of Miami in Florida. His compositions have been performed worldwide at the state, national and international level. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. In 2012, Mr. Balmages received the prestigious Albert Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association. He is also a 2010 winner of the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Compositional Excellence, presented by the International Tuba-Euphonium Association.

Currently, Mr. Balmages is the Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He resides in Baltimore with his wife Lisa and their two sons.

For more information about this program, contact Dr. David Vroman at 309-677-2605 or dvroman@bradley.edu.