High School Honor Band Weekend

High School Honor Band Weekend 2018The Ohio State University

Friday, January 12 – Sunday, January 14, 2018


The High School Honor Band Weekend is still being held this Friday – Sunday. Please read these updates from the director. All participants, parents and band directors have also received these details via email. We look forward to welcoming you. Drive safely! PDF icon HSHB weather email [pdf]


One of the longest-running and finest events of its kind, this annual offering welcomes students in grades 9 – 12 to campus. Two hundred fifty (250) 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 18 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. Nomination deadline: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Students, parents and band directors will be notified of nominees' status on or before Friday, November 10, 2017. For those students invited to participate, live auditions for ensemble placement will take place on January 12, 2018, the first day of our Honor Band Weekend.

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 $230 (resident: 2 students/room, 1 per bed; 2-night hotel stay), $180 (resident: 4 students/room, 2 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

Payment Procedures

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

Step OnePayment is due upon notice of acceptance. Deadline: Friday, December 1.

Pay the participation fee online according to the instructions contained in your confirmation email. Payment must be made by Friday, December 1. 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 and mail with the four required forms listed below to:

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.

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 1), or scan and email them to the administrative associate 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 Schedule 2018

For the second time, the 2018 honor band weekend will include THREE bands. The three schedules will vary slightly throughout the weekend.

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

Friday, January 12, 2018

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 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 13, 2018

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 – 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 14, 2018

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 a.m.—Rehearsal #6
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.—Lunch
1:30 p.m.—Honors Scarlet Symphonic Band Concert
2:15 p.m.—Honors Gray Symphonic Band Concert
3 p.m.—Honors Wind Symphony Concert

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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