IBA All-District Honor Band will perform at VU on Nov. 18 - External Relations
IBA All-District Honor Band will perform at VU on Nov. 18
November 7, 2018 / IBA All-District Honor Band will perform at VU on
VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University Department of Music
will host the Southwest Indiana Bandmasters Association 2018
All-District Honor Band on Nov. 17-18. VU is one of 10 Indiana sites
that will host an IBA event.
Student musicians from 17 area high schools will be featured,
under the direction of guest conductor Katy Briel. The 78-piece
ensemble will rehearse all day Saturday and part of Sunday, followed
by a performance on Nov. 18, 4 p.m. (EST), at VU’s Red Skelton
Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
Participating schools include Barr-Reeve, Boonville, Forest
Park, Heritage Hills, Linton-Stockton, Loogootee, Mater Dei, North
Daviess, North Knox, Pike Central, Princeton, South Knox, Southridge,
Tecumseh, Terre Haute West Vigo, Vincennes Lincoln, and Washington.
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
Kathryn “Katy” Briel is in her fourteenth year as Band Director
at Clark-Pleasant Middle School in Greenwood, Indiana. Her
responsibilities include teaching four middle school concert bands, a
middle school jazz band, and beginning brass, as well as assisting
with the Whiteland Community High School Marching Band and WCHS
Leadership Team. The Clark-Pleasant Middle School Bands have been an
Indiana State School Music Association Junior High All-Music Award
recipient for the past four years and consistently receive gold
ratings at ISSMA Concert Band contest. Prior to her position with the
Clark-Pleasant Bands, Briel was band director for two years at Lincoln
Junior High School in Plymouth, Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s
Degree in Music Education from Ball State University in May 2004.
Briel is a board member for the Indiana Bandmasters
Association, the Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Indiana
State School Music Association. For the past seven years, she has
served as band director coordinator for the Drum Corps International
INpact Band: Indiana’s Future Band, a middle school ensemble comprised
of students selected from schools across the state of Indiana which
performs at the DCI World Championship in Indianapolis each year. She
is also a part of the expansion for the DCI BANDtastic weekends in
Minnesota and Atlanta.
Briel is a member of the Leadership Staff for the Indiana State
University Sycamore Drum Major and Leadership Clinic and is a staff
member for the Indiana Ambassadors of Music, where she has been a
director on four European tours. She serves as a clinician and
adjudicator for ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest and Concert Band
Organizational Contest, and has been a guest conductor for IBA’s
All-Region Honor Band on several occasions. She has also been
selected to be the guest conductor for the 2019 Heartland Middle
School Honor Band at South Florida State University.