SIUE Bands - Department of Music - Box 1771 SIUE - Edwardsville, Illinois 62026




                                          January 17-18, 2020

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Bi-State Honor Band Festival annually brings 250 of Missouri and Illinois' finest high school musicians to campus for a weekend of rehearsals, concerts, and masterclasses.

The 2019 SIUE Bi-State Honor Band will be conducted by Diane Koutsulis, Director of Bands (retired) from nationally acclaimed Green Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Diane Koutsulis is the recently retired Director of Bands and Arts Department Chair at Green Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally from Chicago, she is widely respected in the West as an artistic conductor and an innovative pedagogue for marching and concert ensembles.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Western Illinois University, and after teaching junior high band in Oswego, Illinois, for three years, she completed a Masters of Music Education degree at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she studied conducting with Frank Wickes. Diane has taught in the Clark County School District for the past 35 years.

During her career in Las Vegas, Diane built band programs and music
departments at both Las Vegas High School (1982-91) and Green Valley High School (1991-2017).  Throughout her tenure, her groups garnered recognition for performances of distinction.  Diane was named the 1999 Nevada Teacher of the Year and received the 1999 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. In 2003, she was named as a member of the Clark County School District Teacher Hall of Fame, and in 2004 she was inducted into the Nevada State Education Hall of Fame. Also in 2004, the Green Valley High School Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, and in 2005 and 2010, the Symphonic Band performed in New York City at famed Carnegie Hall.  She has served as guest clinician at numerous conferences and conductor of honor bands at events  throughout the

United States.  The Green Valley High School Marching Band performed in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, as well as represented the State of Nevada at the 2009 and 1993 Presidential Inaugural Parades. She is a member of the National Band Association, the Nevada Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the College Band Directors National Association. Diane is honored to be an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, an organization that was founded by John Philip Sousa and recognizes noted leaders in the profession from the United States.

In addition to the Honor Band, two Festival Bands will be formed.  These two bands will be conducted by Robert Wright, long-time director from Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Illinois, and Christopher Render, Director of Bands at Richwoods High School in Peoria, Illinois.  Students in these bands will have an exceptional experience with these terrific musicians.


Masterclasses with SIUE applied faculty and performances by SIUE ensembles add to the uniqueness of this weekend.  Admission to all concerts is free and open to the public.  The SIUE Bi-State Honor and Festival Bands will be created from nominations submitted by you.  In order for your students to be considered for participation, please complete the nomination form and return by November 20, 2019.  


We are asking that students be nominated on the linked Google Form.  Click on the below link to nomionate by November 20.  You will be informed by Friday, December 1, 2018, regarding the acceptance of your students.  Please nominate your most deserving students for this honor.  Once students are nominated and selected, it is expected that they will attend the festival.  A student withdrawing not only causes balance problems within the bands, it also keeps another deserving student from having been selected.  Please check your students' availability prior to submitting their nomination.  Auditions will be held on the day of the festival and three bands will be formed.  For auditions, students should prepare all major scales with no music and and be prepared to sight-read.  A $45.00 registration fee will be charged for each participating student.  Students and individual schools will be responsible for all meals and housing.  I will forward a list of housing options to you following receipt of your nominations.