Festival Conductors

Middle School Honor Band Festival 2018

The 2018 festival features four honor bands—7th Grade Scarlet Honor Band, Meg Beavers, guest conductor; 7th Grade Gray Honor Band, Christopher Hoch, conductor; 8th Grade Scarlet Honor Band, Phillip Day, conductor; 8th Grade Gray Honor Band, David Hedgecoth, conductor; featuring guest composer and conductor William Owens.

Guest Conductors

William OwensWilliam Owens is a native of Gary, Indiana. His career as a music educator spans three decades and he is very active as a composer, clinician and conductor throughout the United States and Canada. His compositions for young ensembles display a practical, erudite approach which has firmly established him as a leader in the field.

Since 1993, Owens has written over 200 commissioned and published works for concert band, string orchestra and small ensemble. His music has been performed at prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Midwest Clinic, and appears on required music lists nationally and abroad. Principal commissions include those from the California Band Directors Association, the Chicago Public School Bureau of Cultural Arts, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Indiana Bandmasters Association and the South Plains College (TX) Department of Fine Arts.

Several of his compositions are recorded and analyzed in educational text by the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band while numerous others have become staples of the young band repertoire.

William Owens is a 1985 graduate of Chicago’s VanderCook College of Music and the recipient of numerous awards and grants for composition. In 2014, he was recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association as the Feature Composer and named Distinguished Alumnus by his Alma Mater. Professional memberships include the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum (ACF), Phi Beta Mu and the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA).

In 2014, Owens retired from duty as a band director in Texas after 30 years of service. He is the conductor emeritus of the Mansfield (TX) Wind Symphony and currently serves as deputy editor with the FJH Music Company (FL). In his spare time, he enjoys sightseeing and reading, particularly motivational material and Presidential biography. A proud Chevrolet Corvette owner/enthusiast, he holds membership with Cowtown Vettes, a non-profit charitable organization in the DFW Metroplex. Owens resides in Fort Worth, TX with his wife and best friend, Georgia.

Meg BeaversMeg Beavers is a resident of Gahanna, Ohio and a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University. Since 2013, she has been director of bands at Licking Heights High School where she is responsible for all Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Pit Orchestra and Jazz Band rehearsals and performances. She also serves as the woodwind specialist at Licking Heights’ Central Middle School. During her time at Licking Heights, the bands have consistently received high ratings at Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) Local and State Adjudicated Events. Prior to her position at Licking Heights, Meg spent four years as director of bands at Fort Recovery Local Schools in Mercer County (OH), where she was responsible for all aspects of the band program grades 5-12.

She has enjoyed serving as an OMEA Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator, the 2014 OMEA All-State Co-Coordinator and is currently the OMEA District X President-Elect. In 2012, she was invited to OMEA’s Leadership Academy and more recently attended the 2016 OMEA Leadership Retreat. Over the last several years she has been a mentor to student teachers from The Ohio State University and Capital University.

Meg was honored to receive the 2017 Licking County “You Make a Difference Award” for Licking Heights Local Schools. Previously she received the 2014 Mercer County “Teacher of Influence” for Fort Recovery Local Schools.

Throughout the year, Meg performs on alto saxophone with The Heisey Wind Ensemble and Ohio Capital Winds, and on alto horn with the Brass Band of Columbus. In her free time, Meg enjoys spending time with family and playing golf.

Ohio State Music Faculty Conductors

Christopher HochPhillip DayDavid Hedgecoth

Christopher Hoch   |   Phillip Day   |   David Hedgecoth