High School Band Clinic Festival

Each spring The University of Akron School of Music and University Bands host this annual event. The one-day festival includes a clinic session with a guest conductor, master-class sessions with UA Applied Faculty, a concert performance by the UA Bands ensembles and a closing concert featuring all of the participating bands.


Join us Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Band Clinic Festival will once again be hosted by and all clinic sessions and concerts take place in E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall (see on campus map).

  • 2019 guest bands TBA

Concerts are FREE and open to the public.

  • 3 p.m. - Afternoon concert features the UA Symphonic and Concert Bands
  • 6:30 p.m. - Evening finale performance

Dr. James SakerBand Clinician

Dr. James Saker

Dr. James R. Saker joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1978. Upon retiring in September, 2014 he was named Professor of Music and Director of Bands Emeritus. He also served as Chair of the Department of Music from 1992 through 2006. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a BM Degree in Music Education, he earned a MM Degree in Music Education at Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Iowa.

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He began his teaching career in 1967 as Director of Bands at Hillsdale High School in Central Ohio, a position he held for three years. During his tenure the bands received the first “Superior” ratings at District and State competition in the history of the school. He was appointed Director of Bands and Chair of the Music Department in the Champion, Ohio Schools in the suburban Warren area in 1970. The Marching Band participated at regional and statewide festivals and presented 10 NFL Half-Time performances in Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, New York, and Washington D.C. The Symphonic Concert Band earned consecutive Superior Ratings at District and State Competitions in every appearance and were chosen to perform at professional conferences and festivals including the New Music Clinic at Bowling Green State University and for an MENC Sponsored Concert at the White House in Washington D.C. for the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. He also served as president of the Ohio Music Educators Association District V and coordinated three of the District V Professional Conferences.

Dr. Saker has served the profession as college affairs chair and later president of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association (NSBA) and currently serves as president of the “Past Presidents Council.” He was College/University Affairs Chair and was the first university professor in Nebraska to be elected president of the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) serving in that rotation from 1985-91 He has presented sessions at numerous state, regional, national and international Music Educator, Wind Orchestra, and Bandmasters Association Conferences, and at the regional and national Professional Conferences of CBDNA. He is the Nebraska State Chair for CBDNA and has served as coordinator and host of two North Central Division Professional Conferences of that association.

He has been a guest conductor and clinician and presented professional conference presentations with high school, collegiate, honors, all-state and professional bands and orchestras throughout the United States (appearances in over 40 states) and in over 20 countries in Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe, Japan and Scandinavia. He has been a frequent guest conductor and clinician in the Baltic States including a tour with the Lithuanian National Army Wind Orchestra with concerts in Siauliai and Vilnius and a September 11, 2011 Commemorative Concert sponsored and hosted by the United States Ambassador in Riga, Latvia presented by the University of Latvia Wind Orchestra and Choirs.

He has received the University's Great Teacher Award, a Nebraska Board of Regents Commendation, and the "Chancellor's Medal," the highest honor presented to a member of the University Community. International Studies and Programs division honored him with the "Andy" award “In recognition of his numerous contributions to enhance the international awareness of the citizens of Nebraska.” In 1996 he was awarded an endowed chair as the “Isaacson Distinguished Professor of Music.”

In 2012 Dr. Saker received a fourth Citation of Excellence presented by the National Band Association and has been honored by the NSBA as the recipient of the prestigious Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award. He was recognized by NMEA with the “Distinguished Service Award” in 2009, and in 2010 was inducted into the NMEA “Hall of Fame,” the first University of Nebraska Omaha faculty member to be so honored. He was awarded the “Duane E. Johnson Distinguished Service Award” by the NSBA in 2014.

HIGH SCHOOL BAND CLINIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

7:45 a.m.

H.S. Bands Arrive – E.J. Thomas Hall
Store all belongings – Cases / Coats / Uniforms
Goodrich Lobby

8:15 a.m.

BAND CLINIC
TBA High School Band

9:45 a.m.

BAND CLINIC
TBA High School Band

11:15 a.m.

BAND CLINIC
TBA High School Band

12:30 p.m.

Lunch – provided at Rob’s Dining Hall

1:45 p.m.

FACULTY CLINIC SESSIONS

Flute – Room 05
Oboe – Room 141
Bassoon – Room 304
Saxophone – Room 299
Trumpet – GRH
Horn – Room 149
Trombone – Room 09
Percussion – Room 20
Clarinet – PAH (E.J.)
Euph/Tuba – E.J. Lobby

3 p.m.

UA SYMPHONIC & CONCERT BANDS CONCERT
E.J. Thomas Hall

4:15 p.m.

H.S. Bands & UA Bands
Combined Rehearsal for Evening Concert
E.J.Thomas Hall

5 p.m.

DINNER
UA Student Union

6 p.m.

ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Change into Uniform for Concert Performance
2nd Floor Dressing Rooms

6:30 p.m.

FINALE CONCERT

8:15 p.m.

Load Busses – Depart for Home