College of Visual and Performing Arts

Three Rivers Honor Band 2020

2020 Three Rivers Honor Band


Tentative Schedule (click HERE for student schedule)

  • Feb. 6, 6:30pm - 9:00 pm rehearsal (arrive by 5:30 pm)
  • Feb. 7, 8:45am - 6:00 pm rehearsal (excused from school)
  • Feb. 8, 8:45am - Noon rehearsal; Final Concert

Final Concert

  • Saturday, February 8, 2020, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Concert admission is free for everyone
  • Auer Performance Hall


Honor band participants from middle and high schools throughout northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio will perform together on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus to conclude their concentrated musical weekend.

Event Information

Congratulations to the members of the 2020 Three Rivers Honor Bands!

Fixed Honor Band Hotel Rate - Holiday Inn: Click HERE (Code: HON)

Members will be receiving information very soon! Please check your email!

Please note that in order to participate, students must complete online registration (different then the online application). If you have any questions, please contact:

For information call the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music at 260-481-6714 or e-mail

The clinicians and conductors for the 2020 Three Rivers Honor Band Festival include:

High School Clinician: Michael Kaufman, Retired

Michael Kaufman is a retired faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen CenMichael Kaufmanter for the Arts, Interlochen, Michigan.  As music director of the Wind Studies program and All State program, Mr. Kaufman oversaw and conducted the World Youth Wind Symphony, Interlochen Symphony Band, Intermediate Wind Symphony, Junior Band, and All State Band, Orchestra and Choir for 24 years.

Michael Kaufman also served as Director of Bands at Grand Ledge High School from 1981 - 2008.  Under Mr. Kaufman’s direction, the Grand Ledge Wind Symphony performed twice at the Midwest Clinic, twice at the College Band Directors National Association Midwestern Regional Convention, the National Band Association Biannual Convention, four times at the Mid-Western Conference on Instrumental and Vocal Music, and three times at the Western Michigan University Conference on Wind and Percussion Music.

Mr. Kaufman received the Bachelor of Music Degree with honors from Michigan State University and the Master of Music Degree from the same institution.  Active in professional music organizations, Mr. Kaufman has served in various offices of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the National Band Association.  Memberships include: the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Band Association, the American School Band Director's Association, the College Band Directors National Association and the American Bandmasters Association.  Mr. Kaufman adjudicates various Music Festivals and is active as a guest clinician, conductor and adjudicator throughout the United States.

Mr. Kaufman was elected MSBOA "Teacher of the Year," awarded the NBA Citation of Excellence twice, the ASBDA Stanbury Award, the Sudler Flag of Honor, the Michigan State University College of Education Crystal Apple award, and the MSU College of Music Marching Band Distinguished Alumni Award.  He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1997.

 Guest artists appearing with the Grand Ledge Bands during Mr. Kaufman’s tenure include Karel Husa, Warren Benson, H. Owen Reed, David Maslanka, Leslie Bassett, Ross Lee Finney, Samuel Adler, Frank Ticheli, David Gillingham, Daniel McCarthy, H. Robert Reynolds, Frederick Fennell, Leonard Falcone, Dr. Harry Begian, Eugene Corporon, Claude T. Smith, Kenneth Bloomquist, John Whitwell, Ray Cramer, Frank Ell, Charles Vernon, Dr. Douglas Campbell, James Forger, Dr. Daniel Stolper, Philip Sinder, Richard Illman, Joseph Lulloff, and Curtis Olson.

Middle School Clinician: Tavia Zerman, Director of Bands, Grand Ledge Hayes Middle School

Mrs. Zerman was born in Big Rapids, Michigan, where she graduated from Big Rapids High School. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Michigan State University in 1995, with a major in tuba. She continued to study the tuba at The University of Akron, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Brass Performance in 1997. During this time she won both regional and international solo performance competitions and honors. She then returned to MSU to complete her teaching certification and graduated with a second


Bachelor of Music, this time in Music Education, in December of 1999. Mrs. Zerman started teaching at her current position at Hayes Middle School in the 2000-2001 school year.

Since then, she has co-authored papers for publication in music education research journals and has been asked to speak to music education majors at Michigan State University and The University of Michigan. She has been on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp since the summer of 2006, serving as a conductor for the Camp Bernstein Band and the High School Blue and Red Bands.

She has also been active in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association in District 8 as chair for Junior High Honors Band and Vice President for Junior High Solo and Ensemble Festival, as well as serving as an adjudicator for solo and ensemble and band festivals in other districts. At the state level of MSBOA, she has served one year as chair for the Elementary/Middle School Instrumental Workshop and three years on the Planning Committee for the Michigan Music Conference. In the summer of 2007, Mrs. Zerman was accepted for membership in the American School Band Directors Association. The Grand Ledge Hayes Middle School Eighth Grade Band was a featured performance at the January 2009 Michigan Music Conference. Mrs. Zerman was also honored as the MSBOA District 8 Band Teacher of the Year in 2011, and again in 2017, this time advancing as one of three finalists for the MSBOA State Band Teacher of the Year. Through this process, she was elected the 2018 MSBOA State Band Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. Zerman has been happily married since 1998. She loves spending time with her husband and two children (born in 2003 and 2005). Her interests include knitting, reading, photography, Facebooking, cooking, and of course, listening to and making music! She currently plays several instruments with the Grand Ledge Community Band.