Asian Middle School Honor Band March 8-12, 2017

AMIS Asian Middle School Honor Band Festival

Brian Howrey and Marsha Hillman, Hosts
8-12 March 2017

Eric Majors, Guest Conductor


View additional images from the 2016 fesitval 

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About This Festival

This auditioned event is for talented band instrumentalists in grades seven and eight who come together to work as a concert band with guest conductors from the international community. The first AMIS Middle School Honor Band Festival was held at The American School in Paris in 1999. In order to accommodate the increasing number of participating schools, the festival was split into a European and an Asian festival in 2007.

Host schools and conductors for the Middle School Honor Band have included

  Conductor Host
1999 Eric Measells American School of Paris
2000 Neal Yocom Frankfurt International School
2001 Jim Yarnell American School of Paris
2002 Mhairi MacInnes Bilkent International School, Turkey
2003 Brian McAuley American School of Warsaw
2004 Paul Hopkins International School of Luxembourg
2005 Tod Lawlis International School of Aberdeen
  •••2007: Asian Middle School Honor Band Created•••
2007 Neal Yocom International School of Beijing
2008 Brian White International School of Beijing
2009 Jerry Luckhardt International School Manila
2010 Peter Lutkoski Shanghai American School – Pudong
2011 Dimosthenes Dimitrakoulakos International School of Bangkok
2012 Brian Howrey Singapore American School
2013 Kevin Harris-Lowe International School of Yangon
2014 David Papenhagen Shanghai American School – Puxi
2015 Rick Glascock American International School – Chennai
2016 Ventia Webber International School of Yangon

The 2017 Asian Middle School Honor Band will be hosted by Marsha Hillman and Brian Howrey at International School Manila, and conducted by Eric Majors.


AMIS Festivals support the music programs in schools whose primary purpose is to serve expatriate children in various world locales. Applications are not accepted from students whose schools are outside of this international school community.  

Participants must be active members of the relevant performing ensembles within their school. Any exceptions to the above must have prior approval from the Executive Director in order to audition.

Seventh and eighth grade members of their school bands are eligible to audition for this festival. Alternates as well as full members will be chosen for each instrumental group. Alternates would be expected to practice the music and would then be ready for a full band  place should one of the participants be unable to participate. Students in grade 6 who are of exceptional ability may also audition, however directors are cautioned against submitting auditions from sixth graders who are not truly well beyond their years in playing ability.


Click here for audition materials and instructions.
SmartMusic files to support all MS Set 3 Band Auditions can be found HERE.

All audition files must be uploaded by 18 October 2016.

Role of Directors

A director who submits students for audition or enrolment does so with the understanding that he or she will be responsible for all local arrangements for participation, including but not limited to musical preparation, travel arrangements, fee payments, and communication with the Executive Director and the parent community.

A student may not participate in any festival unless accompanied by his or her director. If the director is unable to attend the festival, the student’s school will inform the Executive Director of the approved substitute chaperone.

Click HERE for more information about directors, chaperones and visiting parents.


Full payment for the festival is due on 14 December 2016.  A list of fees can be found here.

Invoices are issued in pounds sterling.

Alternates do not pay a registration fee until offered a place in the ensemble

Please be advised that registration fees for AMIS events are never refundable.

Questions regarding fees and payment should be addressed to Tim Germann, Chief Operating Officer.

Applications for AMIS Financial Aid must be submitted no later than 17 November 2016. Click HERE

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Student Housing 

All student participants in the festival will be housed with host families from International School Manila for the 4 nights of the festival, starting Wednesday, 8 March. Any group arriving in the Philippines prior to that date must make their own arrangements for accommodation until Wednesday.  If a student does not require housing on concert night, this must be clearly stated when registering students for rooming preferences.

Members of the Festival accept that staying with host families in other parts of the world is an important part of the AMIS philosophy, and a major part of the total festival experience in which they are to participate.  Teachers make roommate recommendations when registering their students. Students are housed in pairs. No student will be housed individually. In some cases, it may be necessary to pair a student with a student from another school. A school can request that three singers be housed together, but this request cannot be guaranteed. If a student does not require housing after the concert on Saturday night, this must be clearly stated on the housing request form. This status cannot be changed..

Adult Housing

Registered teachers and chaperones will be housed at

409557_13020414360010303977Seda Bonifacio Hotel Global City
30th Street corner 11th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City, 1634 Philippines
T: (632) 9458888
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.

PHP 7098 per room per night, single or double use
Rate includes taxes and beakfast

Registered teachers and chaperones will book directly through the RoomTrust System. A credit card will be necessary to secure your reservation. If you would like to extend your booking to include nights outside of the festival booking window, book your room as usual and send your specific extension request directly to RoomTrust, quoting your booking reference number. Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.

Enter the RoomTrust Booking System Here
Use Access Code Azj21U86

The RoomTrust booking system is only for teachers and chaperones who are registered for the festival. Parents and friends may not book rooms through this system.


Successful auditioners must accept their place in the band, or their alternate status, no later than 17 November 2016 via the link provided below

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15 December 2016 is the final date for submitting all information about participants & alternates, housing requests and arrival and departure information via the online database, including

• emergency contact information
• allergies and/or dietary restrictions
• nationalities
• T-shirt sizes
• rooming preferences for host families
• arrival and departure information

Click here to access the online data base for this festival.

Directors should print out this festival acceptance agreement for each of their students and present the documents, signed, to festival registration on 8 February 2017.

Click HERE for more information about directors, chaperones and visiting parents.

 Special to the Philippines: Waiver of Exclusion Ground

Students aged under 15 who are travelling to the Philippines without their parents will need to secure a WEG (Waiver of Exclusion Ground) prior to travel. This can be secured through the Philippine embassy in the country from which you are traveling.  In some cases, this process can take a long time, and you are urgently advised to apply for the WEG as soon as places in the band have been accepted.

AMIS Asian Middle School Honor Band 2017
Eric Majors, Conductor

Ting-Yu Yeh Taipei American School
Yuiko Akashi International School Bangkok
May Chen Shanghai American School – Puxi
Minseo Choi Jakarta Intercultural School
Elizabeth Chu Shanghai American School – Puxi
Jihyeon Lucy Hwang Jakarta Intercultural School
Amanda Tsai Taipei American School
Julianne Vaughan Taipei American School
Dexter Wan Hong Kong International School
Ting-Yu Yeh Taipei American School
Seobin Han Korea International School
Alice Song Korea International School
Lucas Backx International School of Kuala Lumpur
Sean Woosung Chang Singapore American School
Jae Won Chang International School Manila
Clara Chen International School of Beijing
Yun Chan Chung International School Manila
Jiseung Kim Shanghai American School – Puxi
Emily Kim International School Manila
Na Kyung Kim International School of Kuala Lumpur
Mingu Kim Jakarta Intercultural School
Chris Kye International School Bangkok
Max Lee Taipei American School
Joshua Leung International Christian School Hong Kong
Charlotte Lin Hong Kong International School
Quinn Mangous Shanghai American School – Pudong
Krin Muangsiri International School Bangkok
Beatrice Santos International School of Kuala Lumpur
Daniel Jin Ho Shin Singapore American School
Minnie Snoddy Kwajalein School Marshall Islands
Dave Sung International Christian School Hong Kong
Emmy Thamakaison International School Bangkok
Sammy Tin International School Yangon
Jingmin Wang International School Bangkok
Hyun Jun Woo International School Bangkok
Jasmine Yip International Christian School Hong Kong
James Yoon International School of Kuala Lumpur
Hyun Seo Lucy Yoon Jakarta Intercultural School
Bass Clarinet  
Ariz Alirahman International School of Kuala Lumpur
Casey Jang International School Yangon
Karis Hsu International Christian School Hong Kong
Audrey Lee Korea International School
Alto Saxophone  
Bryan Chen International School Bangkok
Anthony Du Hong Kong International School
Nick Hsu Taipei American School
Jane Kraprayoon International School Bangkok
Kathryn Montgomery Kwajalein School Marshall Islands
Orisa Thanajaro International School Bangkok
Tenor Saxophone  
Todd Amatayakul International School Bangkok
Nicholas Lam Hong Kong International School
Milan Pant International School Bangkok
Baritone Saxophone  
Akhil Ghandi International School Bangkok
Ting Kai Chen Shanghai American School – Pudong
Kevin Gu Shanghai American School – Pudong
Ein Jun Korea International School
Andy Kim Korea International School
Joanna Lee Korea International School
Julia Sholar Kwajalein School Marshall Islands
Toby Wong International Christian School Hong Kong
James Wu Shanghai American School – Puxi
Austin Zheng Shanghai American School – Puxi
French Horn  
Hyejun Ahn International School Yangon
Keith Chan Shanghai American School – Puxi
Angela Kim Korea International School
Roori Lee Korea International School
Rock Chen International School Yangon
Yoonseo Choi Korea International School
Finn Wohltmann American International School – Chennai
Natalie Zhu International School Bangkok
Yoonsik Chung Korea International School
Alexander Gao Concordia International School Shanghai
Daniel Namatinia International School Bangkok
Arjun Singh Hong Kong International School
Anderson Wu International Christian School Hong Kong
Kyoka Ono International School Bangkok
Tyler Ozelton International School Bangkok
Christopher Yeung International Christian School Hong Kong
Daniel Crespo Singapore American School
Samuel Kwan International Christian School Hong Kong
Soonyoung Ian Kwon Jakarta Intercultural School
Jeffrey Li Taipei American School
Hanif Noegroho International School of Kuala Lumpur
Lena Sheh Taipei American School
Chia-Shuan Yeh Taipei American School
Jasper Zhu Shanghai American School – Pudong




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Ruckus – Randall D. Standridge

Fantasy on an African-American Spiritual – Bruce Preuninger

Kentucky 1800 – Clare Grundman

Prospect – Pierre La Plante

Arabian Dances – Roland Barrett

Korean Folk Rhapsody – James Curnow

At Morning’s First Light – David Gillingham

A Galop to End All Galops – Warran Barker

About the Conductor

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-09-47-08Eric Majors is currently the Director of High School Bands, AP Music Theory teacher, and Summer Programs Principal at Korea International School in suburban Seoul. At KIS he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and the Phoenix Jazz Band, teaches the Middle School Phoenix Percussion class, and team-teaches the Middle School Symphonic Winds.

Eric previously served as the Director of Bands at Soddy Daisy High School, located just north of Chattanooga, TN. During his tenure the Soddy Daisy High School Symphonic Band performed in some of the finest venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and at the National Conference of the National Association for Music Education. The Soddy Daisy High School Marching Band performed in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Prior to his time at SDHS he led bands at Henry County High School and Father Ryan High School in Tennessee and at Cameron Junior High School in Texas.

Eric serves on the Executive Board of the Korea International Music Educators Association as Band Division Chair and has been elected into Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster Fraternity.

He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Austin Peay State University, a M.M. in Music Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and an Ed.S. in School Leadership from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Concert Information

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 10.49.17The Gala Concert will take place at 5:00 pm in the on Saturday, 11 March at International School Manila in the ISM Fine Arts Theatre.

The concert will be live-streamed.

Please ensure that guests are aware that the use of video is prohibited for all AMIS concerts. Recordings of the concert will be made available to the participating schools.

Concert dress code should be made clear to all your students and their parents.

Girls: White blouse with sleeves, long black skirt or dressy full length black trousers; black shoes.  No bare shoulders.  No bare midriffs.  No mini-length skirts.

Boys:  Plain white, long-sleeved dress shirt, necktie, black trousers, dark shoes and dark socks, preferably black.  No athletic shoes.

For Friday Assembly concerts it is customary to wear jeans and the festival t-shirt.

Arrival and Departure Information

Host family pick-up time is 3:15-4:15 pm on Wednesday, 8 March 2017 at International School Manila.

Ground transfer between Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the school on Wednesday will be provided by ISM. Those schools arriving prior to Wednesday will need to make their own arrangements for ground transport.

Late arrivals on Wednesday and/or extremely early departures on Sunday cause inconvenience to the hosts, and should be strenuously avoided. This may mean opting for a more expensive travel option, which is far preferable to inconveniencing our hospitable host families.

If airline connections are exceptionally difficult, it might be prudent to consider arriving a day early, staying in a hotel and doing some sightseeing with the students in advance of the start of the festival.

Special to the Philippines: Waiver of Exclusion Ground

Students aged under 15 who are travelling to the Philippines without their parents will need to secure a WEG (Waiver of Exclusion Ground) prior to travel. This can be secured through the Philippine embassy in the country from which you are travelling.  In some cases, this process can take a long time, and you are urgently advised to apply for the WEG as soon as places in the band have been accepted.


Host families are normally relieved of hosting responsibilities as of 10 AM on Sunday morning.  If your travel plans require a late departure on Sunday, it will be necessary for you to retrieve your students by 10 AM and create a program for the day.

Visa Information

It is the Director’s responsibility to check on the status of their students’ passports and, where necessary, visas. In many countries, it is now necessary, in addition, to have 6 months’ validity in the passport AND residence visa of your home country (if applicable) in order to apply for a visitor visa for another country. You should take care of visas as soon as the festival participants are chosen. If your visa application requires a letter of invitation, you will need make a request directly to Marsha Hillman, festival host, providing the following information:

  • Full name of the student or teacher
  • Birth date (Spell out Month)
  • Nationality
  • Arrival and departure dates for The Philippines
  • The name of the adult who will be traveling with the student
  • Address and fax number of the consulate from which you are obtaining the visa

Once again, this is the director’s responsibility.


Special to the Philippines: Waiver of Exclusion Ground

Students aged under 15 who are travelling to the Philippines without their parents will need to secure a WEG (Waiver of Exclusion Ground) prior to travel. This can be secured through the Philippine embassy in the country from which you are travelling.  In some cases, this process can take a long time, and you are urgently advised to apply for the WEG as soon as places in the band have been accepted.


Click here.

Answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding alternates can be found HERE.

Alt 1 Seung Ju Kim ISBK
Alt 2 Sydney Chen TAS
Alt 3 Audrey chen HKIS
Alternate Eugene Chan ICSHK
Alternate Pattarapongpun Tantichot ISBK
Alto Saxophone    
Alternate Praj Chirathivat ISBK
Baritone Saxophone    
Alternate Michael Du SASPD
Bass Clarinet    
Alt 1 selena sun HKIS
Alt 2 audrey kaye HKIS
Alt 1 Novyanna Tsang ICSHK
Alt 2 Harrison Green SGAS
Alternate Young Seo Kim SGAS
French Horn    
Alternate Brian Sull SGAS
Alternate Henry Harris ISKL
Alternate Shrey Khater JIS

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