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Honor Music Festival


Music Festival

Since 1955, the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office and the Tuolumne County Music Educators’ Association (TCMEA) have coordinated an annual countywide elementary music festival.  TCSOS started the festival to showcase all of the individual music programs at the elementary schools.

The Tuolumne County Elementary Honor Music Festival has continued and prospered due to the efforts of past and present music educators.  The festival carries a great deal of tradition in Tuolumne County, and generations of families fondly remember their participation in this event.

Honoring a Legacy

Bruce Paxton, the countywide music consultant, was instrumental in starting the festivals and was actively involved for 30 years.  Sadly, Bruce passed away in 2005.  This festival is dedicated to his memory to honor Bruce and the legacy he began so many years ago.

2023 Honor Music Festival

Spring 2023

Event Contact

Jamie Pooley

Tuolumne County

Honor Band

Tuolumne County is pleased to welcome a familiar face to Sonora High School. Mr. Patrick Sieben, who directed the Sonora High School Golden Regiment from 1983 to 2007, will be the Honor Music Festival Guest Conductor. In addition to his work with the Golden Regiment, Mr. Sieben was Director of Symphony of the Sierra from 1992 t0 1998. Most recently, Mr. Sieben was a Music Instructor and Director of Bands at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas, from 2007 to 2017.


Tuolumne County

Honor Choir

Dr. Tony Mowrer has been with the faculty at CSU Fresno since 2007, coordinating the Music Education program and teaching courses. His career has spanned 40 years at the high school and college level, with his high school choirs routinely receiving Excellent and Superior ratings in festivals. Dr. Mowrer has conducted the Men’s and Women’s Choirs and the University’s Chamber Singers. He served as Music Department Chair at CSU Fresno from 2012 to 2016 and has published research on ensemble tuning, integration of music into general education, and advocacy.

Honor Music Festival

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