These offerings are sponsored by The Penn Band (the marching/pep band of the University of Pennsylvania). In their 13th year, these opportunities are designed to recognize, reward, enrich, and inspire high school musicians (Grades 8-12) from across the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley region by providing memorable and FUN musical experiences. Acceptance to these ensembles is by nomination via high school director or private teacher. Space is limited, and nominations are accepted on a rolling basis!
To Submit by Email or USPS
Additionally, all students who are accepted MUST bring permission slips the day of the event to participate!Click Here to download the Jan. 28th Permission Form ( Microsoft Word)
Click Here to download the Jan. 28th Permission Form ( PDF)
Click Here to download the March 4th Permission Form ( Microsoft Word)
Click Here to download the March 4th Permission Form ( PDF)
Band Extravaganza Day - Saturday January 28th: Nomination Forms are due by January 20th, 2017
Palestra Honor Band Day - Saturday March 4th: Nomination Forms are due by February 24th, 2017
Return Forms to by Email (preferred) or USPS to:
The University of Pennsylvania Band
c/o Kushol Gupta, Ph.D., Platt SPA House - Room 182 Stouffer Cmns. 3702 Spruce St. Philadelphia PA, 19104Email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org T: 215-898-8719
The performance ensembles will accommodate the following instruments:
- Clarinet (Eb or Bb,soprano, alto, bass)
- Saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone, bass)
- Bb Trumpets/Coronets
- French Horns/Mellophones
- Bass Trombone
- Percussion (including pitched and miscellaneous percussion)
- Electric/String Bass
A limited number of instruments are available on loan; inquire with Dr. Gupta upon acceptance.
"How much does this cost for the student?"
- There are no fees for the students or sponsoring directors/high schools for these events - the events are entirely sponsored by our organization and the University of Pennsylvania.
- We will ask students to "brown-bag" lunch.
- Tickets to the basketball game on March 1st will be made available at a group rate for those interested in attending.
- In both cases, students and their parents will be responsible for travel to and from the University of Pennsylvania.
- We will provide pizza dinners at both events for the participating students.
"What grade level of music will the students perform?"
No pun intended, but we're going play it by ear; we'll probe the ability of the groups formed - we'll start off with medium grade pieces of music and if all goes well, progress to more advanced titles as the event progresses. (We probably won't run off the concert program until a few hours before!). Past concert programs and MP3s can be seen under the multimedia portion of this website.
"Are there any requirements for the director besides completing the nomination forms?"
No - unlike Regions and All-State in some states, this opportunity for your students is not quid pro quo; all we ask is that you are as objective as possible with your evaluation of the students you nominate and encourage them to practice the parts that they are sent in the mail if accepted!
That said, all directors are welcome to participate during the day. Just contact Dr. Gupta (email@example.com) to make the appropriate arrangements.
"Are there any requirements for the parents?"
Just supporting the students in their participation in these events - all the effort will be lost on an empty auditorium!
And as mentioned above, the parents will need to enable the students to travel to and from the Penn campus. The University City district and the city of Philadelphia itself are filled with things to do – we encourage parents and families to enjoy the day in the city while the students rehearse!
“What are the consequences of accepted students not showing up?”
Our organization absorbs considerable cost in making these events available to the students of the region. All we ask in turn is that accepted students show up!
PLEASE ONLY NOMINATE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE – THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS FOR FREE; AN EMPTY SPOT IS AN OPPORTUNITY WASTED!
“No-shows” will have a detrimental effect on future invitations to and participation of sponsoring high schools in future events.