All-South Activities


All-South Honor Bands

February 8-10, 2019 

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATIONAL LETTER:ashb_mailout_letter_to_accepted_students_2019.pdf

CLICK HERE FOR HONOR BAND SCHEDULE:2019_allsouth_sched.pdf

CLICK HERE FOR HONOR BAND ROSTER: ashb_roster_2019a.pdf



All-South Honor Bands



Join us on the Southern Miss campus for a terrific musical experience!


Audition Information and Registration Instructions:

  • All auditions will be submitted via the online form linked below.
  • For WIND players, your audition will consist of a solo or etude of your choice, plus three scales.
  • For PERCUSSIONISTS, your audition will consist of examples of concert snare drum, keyboard, and timpani. Solos that best demonstrate concert ability on all the above will receive maximum consideration.
  • ALL auditionees must begin their recording by announcing their name and instrument. Please also announce, before each piece and scale, what you are playing.
    If you do not have one, it is very easy to sign up for one!


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Featured Conductors

Virginia Allen, Wind Ensemble

Virginia Allen is a music educator, consultant, conductor and arranger in Philadelphia. She previously served as the Associate Dean for Administration and the Assistant Dean for Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, where she was the founding Artistic Director of the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators. At Juilliard she taught The Art of Teaching in the Music Studio and conducting, co-founded and conducted The Juilliard Trombone Choir, and served as Executive Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies.

Prior to teaching on the college level, Virginia enjoyed a 20-year career as a conductor and administrator in the U.S. Army Bands Program  and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. As a pioneer for women in military bands she was the first woman to command and conduct an active duty military band that included women when she was appointed Principal Conductor of The U.S. Army Forces Command Band in Atlanta. As the Associate Conductor of The U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, she was the first woman conductor of that historic organization, as well as the Cadet Glee Club and Cadet Band. She also performed on stages from the Hollywood Bowl to Europe as the first woman conductor of the Army's premier touring ensembles from Washington, D.C., The U.S. Army Field Band and The Soldiers' Chorus. Her military career included an assignment as the Department of the Army Staff Bands Officer in Washington, D.C., where she managed over 100 Army bands and band activities worldwide.


Robert Meunier, Symphonic Band A 

Robert Meunier is Director of Bands and Professor of Percussion at Drake University where he is the conductor of the wind symphony, and director of percussion studies. He is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. Meunier has appeared in twenty-eight states, China, Sweden, Canada, and in Mexico, where he has been an artist/conductor in residence at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica, and at the Academia de Musica Escuela de Musica Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico City. He is a contributing author to eleven volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Teaching Music Through Performing Marches, and Teaching Music Through Jazz Performance. Meunier and the Drake University Wind Symphony have released nine professional recordings through Mark Custom Recording, many of which have received Grammy Nomination eligibility status in the Best Classical Music category and have received excellent reviews in Bandworld.








Jeff Cannon, Symphonic Band B

William “Jeff” Cannon, Sr. received a Bachelor of Music Education from Delta State University in 1980, where he served as drum major of the DSU band for four years.  In 1995 Jeff received the Master of Music Degree from Mississippi College.

In the summer of 1988, Jeff became associate director of bands for Pearl Public Schools, and was appointed Director of  Bands for the Pearl Public Schools in the summer of 2007.  Jeff is a 1974 graduate of Pearl High School where he played trumpet and was a member of the 1974 Mississippi Lions All-State Band. He also served as drum major of the “Pirate” marching band.   The Pearl “Pirate” marching band has rated all-superior for 40 consecutive years at the Mississippi State Marching Festival.  Among its many accomplishments, the Pearl band was selected to represent Mississippi at President George W. Bush’s Inauguration in January 2001.  They were also selected to perform in the 1999 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and were the featured band on NBC’s Today Show while in New York.   The Pirate marching band has achieved numerous awards both locally and nationally, including a first place performance at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., and Grand Champion Marching Band for the State of Mississippi in 1997, The Pirate Band won the 2007 Class 4A State Marching Championship achieving the highest point total of any band in any class and also the 2009, 2011, and 2012 Class 5A State Marching Band Championships.  The Pearl Band Program also received the American School Band Director’s Association “Award of Excellence” for its outstanding instrumental music program.   Pearl’s symphonic, concert and varsity band programs have consistently rated superior during the past twenty years as well. The Pearl Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the Southern Conductors’ Conference in February 2008 at The University of Southern Mississippi and has achieved “Sweepstakes” status all four years that the award has been presented.

In July of 2017, Jeff became the first MHSAA Band events coordinator for the state of Mississippi. In December of 2017, Jeff was initiated into the Phi Beta Mu International Band Directors Hall of Fame. Jeff assists band directors in all things related to MHSAA Events and continues to mentor young band directors in their pursuit of excellence.