High School Honor Band Weekend

The Ohio State University

Held January 15-17, 2016 on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, this event is one of the longest-running and finest of its kind (see Honor Bands).

All students in grades 9-12 are welcome to make application by completing an online form and submitting an audition recording.

We are pleased to offer a streamlined application process via Acceptd® which is very similar to the OMEA All-State application. Using this company, applicants will submit all materials online, including the audition recording. While there is a $10 fee (paid to Acceptd®), we believe this to be more convenient, and financially “neutral” to the mailing of CDs and application materials.


  • Thank you for your interest in the High School Honor Band Weekend. Applications are now closed. Students, parents and band directors will be notified of application status on or before December 4.

What you can expect

  • Join other advanced high school musicians from around the state and beyond for an exciting weekend of concerts and high-level music making.
  • Rehearsals and a concert of challenging and rewarding repertoire conducted by Dr. Russel C. Mikkelson and guest conductor Dr. Scott A. Jones.
  • Master classes by The Ohio State University School of Music faculty.
  • An opening concert by The Ohio State University Wind Symphony.

Cost is $170 (with two-night hotel stay) or $95 (without hotel stay), and includes:

  • Breakfast each day and Saturday dinner
  • Hotel
  • Shuttle bus
  • Honor Band T-Shirt
  • Recording of Honor Band concert
  • All instruction

Forms Required for Participation

Mailing Payment and Forms

Please make check or money order payable to The Ohio State University. Do not send cash. Indicate "HS Honor Band" on the memo line of the check and mail with the three completed and signed forms listed above to:

High School Honor Band
The Ohio State University School of Music
110 Weigel Hall
1866 College Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

2016 Schedule (Tentative)

Friday, January 15

3-5 p.m. - Registration (Weigel Hall Lobby)
3-5:30 p.m. - Auditions/dinner 
6:30 p.m. - OSU Wind Symphony concert 
7:30 p.m. - Rehearsal #1 (Weigel Auditorium)   
9:30 p.m. - Bus transportation to hotel
11 p.m. - Lights out

Saturday, January 16

7 a.m. - Breakfast (included with hotel)
8 a.m. - Bus transportation to Weigel Hall
8:30 a.m. - Rehearsal #2  (Weigel Auditorium)
12-1:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:30-3 p.m. - Master classes/sectionals with Ohio State studio faculty
3-3:15 p.m. - Snacks (provided)
3:15 p.m. - Rehearsal #3  (Weigel Auditorium)
5:15 p.m. - Bus transportation to Huntington Club at Ohio Stadium
5:30 p.m. - Dinner
6:45 p.m. - Bus transportation to Weigel Hall
7 p.m. - Rehearsal #4 (Weigel Auditorium)
9 p.m. - Bus transportation to hotel
11 p.m. - Lights out

Sunday, January 17

7 a.m. - Breakfast (included with hotel)             
8 a.m. - Bus transportation to Weigel Hall
8:30 a.m. - Rehearsal #5 (Weigel Auditorium)
11:30 a.m. - Lunch
2 p.m. - CONCERT (Weigel Auditorium)

We are proud that the High School Honor Band continues to be an experience in which you and your students find value, and we appreciate your continued support of this event.

Additional Resources

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