High School Honor Band Weekend


The Ohio State University

Friday, Jan. 17 – Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020

One of the longest-running and finest events of its kind, this annual offering welcomes students in grades 9 – 12 to campus. One hundred seventy-five (175) outstanding musicians, selected from director nominations, will be placed by on-campus audition into one of two bands: Honors Wind Symphony and Honors Symphonic Band. Nominations for the 2020 event are closed.

High School Honor Band Weekend

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

For Accepted Students

Students who have received notification of acceptance to High School Honor Band 2020 must confirm their intention to participate, according to the instructions in their notification email from the Ohio State band office.

Required Forms and Payment

Once the student has received notification of selection to the Honor Band, they must complete the following steps.

STEP ONE Required forms. Parents or guardians are required to print out, complete, sign and send the following forms:


Mail the completed and signed forms to the address above no later than Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, or scan and email them to the administrative associate at HSHonorBand@osu.edu.

STEP TWO Payment is due upon notice of acceptance. Deadline: Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Pay the participation fee online with a credit card at the School of Music Store. You will then see a "Checkout complete" screen acknowledging that your payment is in process, and an order number. Payment must be made by Monday, Nov. 25. You will receive an email confirmation within moments of submitting payment.

If you choose to pay with a check or money order (made payable to "The Ohio State University"), send payment to the School of Music at the address below. Do not send cash. Indicate "HS Honor Band" on the memo line of the check.

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

You will receive confirmation via email within 7 – 10 business days.

You will receive a welcome email with further instructions about program attendance within the weeks following notification of acceptance.

Honor Band Weekend Contact email HSHonorBand@osu.edu or call 614–292–7940

What to Expect

Selected students 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 $230 (resident: 2 students/room, 1 per bed; 2-night hotel stay) or $95 (commuter: no hotel stay), and includes:

  • Breakfast each day and Saturday dinner (residents); Saturday dinner (commuters)
  • Hotel
  • Shuttle bus
  • Honor Band T-shirt
  • Recording of Honor Band concert
  • All instruction

Tentative Honor Band Schedule

Honor Band Weekend includes TWO bands.

The two schedules will vary slightly throughout the weekend.

Honors Wind Symphony (WS)   |   Honors Symphonic Band (SB)


2 p.m. — Registration
3 – 7 p.m. — Band placement auditions
7:30 p.m. — Ohio State University Wind Symphony Concert in Mershon Auditorium
8 p.m. — Band placement announcements
8:30 – 10 p.m. — Rehearsal #1
10:15 p.m. — Buses depart for hotel
11 p.m. — Lights out


7 a.m. — Breakfast at hotel
8 a.m. — Buses depart for School of Music
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. — Rehearsal #2

The two Honor Bands will follow slightly different rehearsal, master class, break and dinner schedules Saturday afternoon.

11:30 – 1 p.m. — Lunch
1 – 5 p.m. — Rehearsal #3 | Master classes with School of Music faculty | Snack break | Rehearsal #4
5 – 7 p.m. — Dinner, on varying schedules | Buses return to Weigel Hall
6 – 9 p.m. — Rehearsal #5, on varying schedules
9 p.m. — Buses depart for hotel
9:15 – 11 p.m. — Activities / Relax
11 p.m. — Lights out


The two Honor Bands will follow slightly different rehearsal, lunch and concert schedules Sunday afternoon.

7 a.m. — Breakfast at hotel
8 a.m. — Buses depart for School of Music
8:30 – 11 a.m. — Rehearsal #6
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Lunch
1:30 p.m.Honors Symphonic Band finale concert in Mershon Auditorium
2:15 p.m.Honors Wind Symphony finale concert in Mershon Auditorium

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

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