Ployhar Festival

  • James D. Ployhar Honor Band Festival


    James D Ployhar Photo The Ployhar Honor Band Festival was begun in 2003 to honor the distinguished VCSU alumnus, James D. Ployhar. After graduating with a music education degree from VCSU, Ployhar received his Masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He went on to a prolific and successful career as a conductor, composer, and arranger. His name appears on over 800 music publications. He authored two revered band courses, and received the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence and membership into the American Bandmasters Association. In 2006, Ployhar became the first alumnus to be inducted into the VCSU Music Hall of Fame. Mr. Ployhar passed away in 2007, and the annual Ployhar Festival serves to highlight his life and distinguished career.

Festival Documents



2019 Ployhar Honor Band Participants

  • Cassie Bergh - Flute

    Camry Dunker - Clarinet

    Rachel Dawson - Clarinet

    Beth Kensok - Alto Saxophone

    Grace Loegering - Trombone

    Cassidy Neidviecky - Clarinet

    Thomas Rausch - Alto Saxophone

    Lexi Wanner - Tenor Saxophone