European Middle School Honor Band May 3-7, 2017

AMIS European Middle School Honor Band Festival

Colby Hilker, Host
3-7 May 2017

Brian White, Guest Conductor



View additional images from the 2017 festival in Bonn

View the 2017 concert video

About This Festival

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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 2006.

Host schools and conductors for the European 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
2006 Peter Lutkoski Zürich International School
  ••• 2007: European Middle School Honor Band Created •••
2007 John Leonard American School of Paris
2008 Edward Elkins Rabat American School
2009 Laura Reese Zurich International Middle School
2010 Gordon Graham International School of Düsseldorf
2011 Kent Walter International School of Düsseldorf
2012 Carolyn Stock-Chapin Munich International School
2013 Bill Gilfry American International School of Bucharest
2014 Paul Hopkins International School of Brussels
2015 John Leonard American School of Doha
2016 Kent Walter American International School Vienna

The 2017 European Middle School Honor Band Festival will be hosted by Colby Hilker at the Bonn International School, and conducted by Brian White of Saudi Aramco Expatriate School.


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.

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Click Here for Audition Materials and Instructions.
SmartMusic files to support all MS Set 3 Band Auditions can be found 

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 with the exception of those schools located in the euro zone, who are billed in euros. The euro amount will be determined by the exchange rates quoted by the AMIS bank on the day the invoice is issued.

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. 

Student Housing 

All student participants in the festival will be housed with host families from Bonn International School for the 4 nights of the festival, starting Wednesday, 3 May. 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

28987201Registered teachers and chaperones will be housed at

Insel Hotel
Theaterplatz 5-7
Bad Godesberg 53177

T:+49 228 35000
Please do not contact the hotel directly regarding your booking.


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 Booking Code htuLvpzR

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

Directors should print out this festival acceptance agreement for each of their students and present the documents, signed, to festival registration on 3 May 2017.

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


AMIS European Middle School Honor Band 2017
Brian White, Conductor

Nicole Adorno St. George’s International School Luxembourg
Angela Ansah Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Jessica Banfield American School of the Hague
Natalia Begara Criado American School of Madrid
Junghyun Hwang Frankfurt International School
Zio Jeong Frankfurt International School
Lynn Lee Frankfurt International School
Seohyeon Park International School of Luxembourg
Ela Trivedi American School of Dubai
Sean Cameron Zurich International School
Yena Chun American International School Vienna
James Clark Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Niccolo Costa Zurich International School
Abigail Girma International Community School of Addis Ababa
Pedro Gronda American School of Madrid
Jolina Hamdan American School of Dubai
Taewon Hong Frankfurt International School
Ariana Huang Frankfurt International School
Minyung Kim Frankfurt International School
Anna Krskova International School of Prague
Ivy Lee Frankfurt International School
Louisa Linkas American School in London
Carlota Loza Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Bea Norman Zurich International School
JooYoung Oh American International School of Jeddah
Yeonseo Park Bonn International School
Anika Parker American School of Madrid
Junho Song Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Lisa Wahlqvist American School of Doha
Benjamin Wilson American School of the Hague
Morgan Zenteno Zurich International School
Bass Clarinet  
Rohan Dutta Zurich International School
Conrad Chisolm John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Sharif Hassen American Community School Abu Dhabi
Maddie Wilkin American School in London
Alto Saxophone  
Diego Castellanos Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Langqi Jin International School of Luxembourg
Reyna Kleemeier Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Yeji Suh Frankfurt International School
Samir Thresher Ouenniche American School of Dubai
David Van der Borght American School of the Hague
Tenor Saxophone  
Ella Jackson John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Sophia Kalimtgis American School in London
Ral Nwogbo American International School of Lagos
Baritone Saxophone  
Doruk Gundem Zurich International School
Jaden Summers American School of Madrid
Samuel Abner Halcyon London International School
Maddy Bataille American School in London
Wilhelm Bennet Zurich International School
Emmanuel Caramallis Zurich International School
Henrietta Edwards Bonn International School
Sebastian Gomez American School of Madrid
Elsa Neidlinger American School of Dubai
Chelsea Seaby Bruno Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Bram Senden Zurich International School
French Horn  
Rasmus Brodersen Zurich International School
Noah Choe American School of Dubai
George McLean American School in London
Luise von Wrochem John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Joshua Antero American School of Dubai
Soo Hyun Choi Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Olivia Gilfry Zurich International School
Elsa Lemmila Zurich International School
Charles Long Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Suri Ridder International School of Prague
Ameen Abubakr Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Emily Forgash American School in London
Gabriel Gerin International School of Luxembourg
Jared Randerson International School of Brussels
Lucas van Zyl Zurich International School
Ian Abou-Jaoude American School of Dubai
Tim Amon Zurich International School
Andy Zhang Saudi Aramco Expatriate School
Oluwalaanu Adeboye American International School of Lagos
Jay Heyman American School in London
Qori Irawan American School of Doha
Sia Karamchandani American International School of Lagos
Marco Michel American School of Milan
Mayer Neidlinger American School of Dubai



screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-11-01-15Rampage! – Todd Stalter

The Addison Red Line – Jeremy Bell

Whirlwind – James Curnow

Faith – Matt Conaway

Prestissimo – Karl L. King; arr. Swearingen

One Giant Leap – Erik Morales

Symphony 4, Movement 4 – Andrew Boysen Jr.


About the Conductor

Brian White Head ShotBrian White’s twenty year teaching career includes band directing positions in Florida and Illinois as well as a nine year post at the Singapore American School and his current middle school band position at Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools. He holds a bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan and a Masters in Performance from Illinois State University.

Brian received the Citation for Excellence from the National Band Association for the achievements of his wind ensemble in Elk Grove, Illinois. He is an advocate for promoting wind band music and his bands have commissioned and performed six world premieres. He is the co-founder and first season musical director for the Dhahran Big Band; Saudi Arabia’s only jazz big band.

 Brian was honored to be the AMIS Asian Middle School Honor Band conductor in Beijing in 2008. He was also invited to guest conduct the Kuala Lumpur International Band Festival, the “World in Singapore” band festival, and the Saudi Arabia Intra-Kingdom Band Festival.

 Brian grew up in Springfield, Illinois but has adopted Chicago as his home town.

Concert Information

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-17-58-37The Gala Concert will take place at 2:30 pm on Saturday, 6 May at

Hindenburgallee 50
53175 Bonn

The concert is open to the public; there are no tickets or reservations.


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 between 3pm and 4pm on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at Bonn International School.

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.


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 the 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

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AMIS Financial Aid

Funds for AMIS Financial Aid are provided by contributions and gifts. A limited number of financial aid grants to for students from AMIS member schools are available during each academic year.  Applications may be submitted for all band, choir, and orchestra festivals.  Financial aid is not available for workshops or for Solo & Ensemble Festivals. It is dependent upon the music teacher from each school to ensure that applicants are in true financial need, and that without a grant from AMIS, participation would be impossible.


  1. Alternates are not eligible to apply.
  2. A student cannot apply for financial aid for the same festival in two consecutive years.
  3. A student cannot apply for two festivals in the same school year.
  4. In general, financial assistance will be offered to no more than one student per school for any given festival, although the Financial Aid Committee may, in exceptional circumstances, decide to award assistance to more than one student from the same school.
  5. It is assumed that a student whose family members have the means to attend the festival are not in need of financial aid.
  6. Only those students who attend an AMIS member school are eligible for financial aid.

Application Procedure

  1. The financial aid application forms are available HERE
  2. Prepare hand printed or typed teacher and parent reports in large type. The parent of each student applicant is required to complete the parent financial aid request form and to return it to the music teacher.
  3. The music teacher must scan the 2 documents and email them to
  4. Both forms must be received before a student’s application can be considered.
  5. The decisions of the committee will be sent by e-mail to teachers making financial aid applications.


The deadline for financial aid applications can be found on the calendar for each individual festival.


  1. The maximum award is 50% of student travel/hotel expenses, not to exceed €500. In most cases the amount granted will be less than the maximum possible amount.
  2. AMIS will credit the applicant’s school in the amount of the award.

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

Aikaterini Vergotis AISBR
Alto Sax  
Sophia Kalimgtis – 1st alternate ASL
Emilia Carl  – 2nd alternate ISZL
Ethan Otero ASL
Charlotte Ni SGIS
French Horn  
Ben Monforth – 1st alternate ASL
Alexa Bowsher – 2nd alternate ACSAD
Luke Deutsch ZIS
Jack Ferneyhough ASM

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