Warren Symposium Features High Plains Honor Band

portrait of Colonel Palmatier
Colonel Thomas Palmatier

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptists University will hold its second annual Warren Symposium on March 1-2 with a focus on concert band. The Warren Symposium was established 2017 by Mark and Freada Warren in memory of their son Clay. Their desire was to leave a lasting legacy of Clay and his love for music.

 This year, the Warren Symposium will bring together members of the top high school band students in regions 1 and 16, and the Wayland Symphonic Band for a concert at 4 p.m. on March 2. The high school students were selected upon nomination. Approximately 100 high school students are taking part in the event.

The students will participate in a two-day clinic that will culminate with a joint concert of the High Plains Honor Band at 4 p.m. on March 2 in Wayland’s Harral Memorial Auditorium. The clinic and concert are open to the public and admission is free.

Colonel Thomas Palmatier, retired Commander and Conductor of “Pershing’s Own” Army Band, is the guest clinician for the event. Palmatier served as conductor of the band from 2011-2014. He retired after more than 37 years of military service. “Pershing’s Own” is the largest military music unit in the United States.

Prior to serving as conductor of “Pershing’s Own,” Palmatier also commanded the Musical Ambassadors of the Army and the U.S. Army Field Band. He was the founding commandant of the U.S. Army School of Music, Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, Commander and Conductor of the U.S. Continental Army Band, and he directed the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and The Army Brass Band. Palmatier also served as Associate Bandmaster for the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” before taking over as Commander and Conductor.

Palmatier holds an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the State University of New York, a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College, a Master of Fine Arts degree in music education from Truman State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. He has performed in all 50 states and 52 countries around the world.

Colonel Palmatier holds numerous awards and recognitions for military service. He was the first Army music officer to earn both Parachutist and Meritorious Service Medals, and earned the right to wear a combat service identification badge for service in El Salvador and Iraq.

Dr. Ronald Montgomery, director of bands at Wayland, said the School of Music plans on making the High Plains Honor Band concert an annual event.

Students are participating from a number of regional high schools including, Abernathy, Estacado, Farwell, Floydada, Gruber, Happy, Jayton, Levelland, Lockney, New Deal, Plainview, Ralls, Roosevelt, Stratford, Tahoka and Vega.