High School Honor Band Weekend

The Ohio State University

Friday, January 13 - Sunday, January 15, 2017


We have expanded this event to welcome a larger number of students in grades 9-12 to campus for this annual offering, one of the longest-running and finest of its kind.

270 outstanding musicians, selected from director nominations, will be placed by on-campus audition into one of three bands: Honors Wind Symphony, Scarlet Symphonic Band and Gray Symphonic Band. All bands will perform on Sunday afternoon in Weigel Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Nomination Process

Band directors: you may nominate up to 25 outstanding student musicians in grades 9-12 for consideration. 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.

Students, parents, and band directors will be notified of their status on or before Friday, December 9, 2016. For those students invited to participate, live auditions for ensemble placement will take place on January 13, 2017, the first day of our Honor Band Weekend.

Nomination deadline 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2016.

What to 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 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 $180 (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

Payment Procedures

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

Step One - Payment is due upon notice of acceptance. Deadline: Thursday, December 22.

Pay the participation fee online according to the instructions contained in your confirmation email. Payment must be made by Thursday, December 22. You will be emailed a receipt 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 and mail with the four required forms listed below to:

High School Honor Band
c/o Tom Cook, administrative assistant
The Ohio State University School of Music
110 Weigel Hall
1866 N. College Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210

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

Step Two - Required forms. Parents or guardians are required to print out, complete, sign, and send the following four forms:

  1. Parental Permission Form [pdf]
  2. Medical Form [pdf]
  3. Ohio State Photo Release Form [pdf]
  4. Standards of Behavior Form [pdf]

Mail the completed and signed forms to the address above (postmarked by December 22), or scan and email them to Mr. Tom Cook at HSHonorBand@osu.edu.

You will receive a welcome email with further instructions about program attendance approximately two weeks before the event.

High School Honor Band Master Schedule 2017

NOTE: this year's honor band weekend has been expanded to include THREE bands. The three schedule's will vary slightly throughout the weekend.

Honors Wind Symphony (WS)   |   Scarlet Symphonic Band (SB)  |  Gray Symphonic Band (GB)

Friday, January 13, 2017

2 p.m.  Registration
3-7 p.m.  Band placement auditions
7:30 p.m.  Ohio State University Wind Symphony Concert in Weigel Auditorium
8:00 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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

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

The three 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- 5:45 p.m. Buses depart for Dinner Break on varying schedules
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

Sunday, January 15, 2017  

The three 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
8:30-11:00 a.m.  Rehearsal #6
11:00- 1:30 p.m.  Lunch

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.

Additional Resources

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