2022 All-State Senior Band

Guest Conductor: Dr. Joseph Hermann

Joseph Hermann is Director of Bands Emeritus at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee, where he served for 28 years. Under his leadership the Tennessee Tech Bands grew to a level of national prominence, over 25 new pieces were premiered, and the wind and percussion program became an influential force for bands in the Southeast.

Before his appointment at Tennessee Tech in 1989, Dr. Hermann was a director at the University of Arizona, Indiana University, and East Tennessee State University. His secondary school teaching includes directing the Dowling High School Band, West Des Moines, Iowa, and supervising the Des Moines Catholic Instrumental Music Program. In addition, he served briefly as the Educational Director for Bands of America and McCormick’s Enterprises, a music corporation, in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Hermann is sought after as a conductor, adjudicator, and speaker and has presented clinics, workshops, and has conducted in over thirty states, in Canada, and throughout Japan. His symphonic bands have been featured ensembles at state, regional and national conventions; his interpretations have been broadcast on National Public Radio, and recordings of his ensembles have been issued as reference for music educators nationwide through music publishers and on commercial labels. He is a proponent of new music for the winds, has premiered many works for band and remains an active advocate for commissioning projects.

Dr. Hermann has been a career-long member of CBDNA, NAfME, NBA, the Tennessee Bandmasters Association, has served as the editor for the New Music Reviews for the Tennessee Musician, and is a past board member of the Tennessee Music Educators Association. In 1996, Dr. Hermann was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and was inducted into the Tennessee Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 2015. Dr. Hermann is affiliated as an Artist/Conductor/Clinician with Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc., manufacturers of band and orchestra instruments located in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He has been married to his wife, Kay, for 48 years, and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Important Information

1. We will follow UW Oshkosh Covid protocols and we will update as we get closer to the event. Current mask mandate.
2. A consideration that we are declaring now is that the band will have between 60-70 members this year to allow for spacing.
3. The event will remain a 2 day event with rehearsal beginning at 2pm on Friday and culminating with the Finale Concert on Saturday night, January 22.
4. Fees are $135 per student this year to allow for 2 students per room for housing. Attempts will be made to house “by school” when possible Communication will take place with directors once the band is selected regarding housing information. NOTE that this fee covers housing, guest conductor, all meals when on site and transportation at the convention. NOTE also that T-Shirt will be available for an additional fee.

1. All Schools receive placement of their #1 ranked applicant. It is CRUCIAL that you rank only 1 student #1 Don’t play games here, just rank the one student that you feel needs to have this experience first.
2. All schools will receive a 2nd student before any school gets a 3rd student. NOTE: this may NOT be your #2 ranked student as I switch to “instrumentation needs” after placing your #1 student in the band. Often 1 or 2 sections are “full” after #1 students are placed in the band. Your second student will be based on instrumentation needs. Advice, still just submit an application for students that you think are deserving of this experience. There is NEVER a guarantee as to which sections will have needs and which will fill quickly so don’t overthink it, just submit.
3. Please only submit students who are able to attend that weekend.

October 15-application deadline via link below. Also posted on website November 1-rosters posted and directors notified by email
November 15-Forms and Music Available to Directors
December 6-Payments and forms due to me by US Mail.
January 21-22-All State Band at Oshkosh (2pm Friday downbeat)


CLICK HERE to nominate students for All-State Senior Band