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Honor Music Festival

Spring, 2022 will be a Video Music Showcase

About our Countywide Music Festival

Since 1955, the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office and the Tuolumne County Music Educators’ Association (TCMEA) has coordinated an annual countywide elementary music festival.  The festival was started as a way 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.

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.  As a way to honor Bruce and the legacy he began so many years ago, this festival is dedicated in his memory.

Bruce Paxton

Tuolumne County Honor Band

Guest Conductor 2020 Music Festival:

Tuolumne County is pleased to welcome back a familiar face to Sonora High School.  Mr. Patrick Sieben, who directed the Sonora High School Golden Regiment from 1983-2007, 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 1992-1998.  Most recently, Mr. Sieben was a Music Instructor and Director of Bands at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas from 2007-2017.


Tuolumne County Honor Choir

Guest Conductor 2020 Music Festival:

Dr. Tony Mowrer has been with the faculty at CSU Fresno since 2007, coordinating the Music Education program and teaching courses.  His career as 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 as well as the University’s Chamber Singers.  He served as Music Department Chair at CSU Fresno from 2012-2016, and has published research on ensemble tuning, integration of music into general education, and advocacy.


2019 Image Gallery