Following our year in Ashland, Oregon with Western International Band Clinic (16th convention, 1994) it became clear to the Board of Directors that with over 700 students applying for the two honor bands (Firebird and Thunderbird), we needed to add a third group. It was recommended that we consider a band open only to students from small high schools (under 500 enrollment). The response with immediate and dynamic. Over 1000 students applied for the bands and we were able to launch the next honor band: Phoenix for the 1995 convention.
For that reason, we decided to add a final honor band with 150 students in each of the four groups for the 1996 convention. Sunbird Honor Band completed the slate of groups, henceforth presented in pairs as part of two gala finale concerts on the final day of the convention. It was at this time that the WIBC Board of Directors came up with the idea of hiring six guest conductors and a soloist, having each of them appear with each of the four honor bands.
Within a short period of time, the audiences for each of the gala finale concerts jumped to more than 1000 people, giving us an exciting completion to each Western International Band Clinic convention.
Phoenix Honor Band WIBC 2010 • Seattle, Washington • 32nd Annual Convention
Sunbird Honor Band WIBC 2010 • Seattle, Washington • 32nd Annual Convention
Firebird Honor Band WIBC 2010 • Seattle, Washington • 32nd Annual Convention
Thunderbird Honor Band WIBC 2010 • Seattle, Washington • 32nd Annual Convention
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