High School Honor Band Weekend


The Ohio State University

Friday, Jan. 14 – Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022

High School Honor Bands logo

One of the longest-running and finest events of its kind, this annual offering welcomes students in grades 9 – 12 to campus. Outstanding musicians, selected from director nominations, will be placed via video audition submission into one of three bands — Honors Wind Symphony, Scarlet Symphonic Band and Gray Symphonic Band.

All bands will perform on Sunday afternoon in Mershon Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Band directors  nominations are now OPEN.

Nomination deadline  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Nomination Process

Band directors: you may nominate up to 20 outstanding student musicians in grades 9 – 12 for consideration, via the link provided below. We will make every effort to include at least one student from each school submitting nominations, within the limitations we face in achieving balanced instrumentation. Nomination deadline is November 1.

Students, parents and band directors will be notified of nominees' status on or before Friday, November 12. For those students invited to participate, placement auditions will take place via video submission.

Nomination portal for band directors

What to Expect

Selected students will join other advanced high school musicians from around the state and beyond for an exciting weekend of concerts and high-level music making. Rehearsals will culminate in a concert of challenging and rewarding repertoire conducted by The Ohio State University band faculty.

Participants will also enjoy:

  • Master classes by School of Music faculty
  • An opening concert by The Ohio State University Wind Symphony

Cost is $95 and includes:

  • Saturday dinner
  • Shuttle bus to and from the hotels
  • Honor Band T-shirt
  • Recording of Honor Band concert
  • All instruction

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2022 Honor Band Weekend will require families to manage their own accommodations for student participation. This method of attendance was used for the Ohio State Marching Band Summer Clinic in July, and was a success.

Students who are selected to participate will be provided with a list of 2–3 hotels in the area. A block of rooms will be reserved for this event, and Ohio State shuttle bus transportation will be provided between these locations and the locations of our rehearsals and performances (Weigel Hall, Mershon Auditorium and the Steinbrenner Band Center).

Families who select a hotel other than those on the list will need to provide their own transportation for their student to report to and leave all events in a timely manner.

Honor Band Weekend Highlights

Daily Honor Band Rehearsals

Friday Concert by The Ohio State University Wind Symphony


  • Master classes led by School of Music faculty
  • Question and Answer session led by School of Music recruitment team

Sunday Honor Band Concerts