The Marshall University High School Honor Band Festival will be held February 21-23, 2024. The Honor Band Festival is an event developed for the purpose of recognizing the achievements of exceptional high school musicians and provide an opportunity to work with great guest conductors from around the country and get to know the amazing faculty at Marshall University. Once again, we are thrilled to welcome some outstanding music educators and conductors from around the country.
The Nomination period is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted names.
The weekend includes workshops and master classes with world-renowned musicians, performances by the Marshall Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, and demonstrations by student ensembles. Participants will submit a video audition and will be placed into one of three honor bands. The weekend will conclude with a concert by all three of the ensembles.
All students must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone for the event.
Arizona State University Director of Bands
Coastal Carolina University Director of Band
Dr. Myra Rhoden
Fayette County High School Director of Bands
Step 1: Students are nominated by their director the Honor Band Festival by clicking on this link here. Nominations are due by Friday, January 12th. Directors should be sure to gather their student information before starting the nomination process. Directors should know:
- Student’s full name
- Years of Experience
- Previous all-county, all-state, honor band, and/or musical experience/ability.
Step 2: Results will be provided to directors on Wednesday, January 17th. Students will be accepted based on recommendation of their director and the instrumentation needs of the ensemble. All students who are accepted to the Honor Band on this date ARE in the Honor Band event.
Step 3: Video auditions are required from those students selected to attend High School Honor Band by Wednesday, February 7th. In addition, directors must remit payment for the attending students by the same date. Payment can be submitted online using this link or a check made out to Kappa Kappa Psi can be mailed in. If an invoice or W9 is needed, please contact Dr. Schletter.
Students/Directors must read these instructions for recording and submitting their audition before submitting. Then students should submit their audition video online using this link here.
Audition materials for wind players are 2 major scales and the required prepared piece which can be found here. Mallet percussion requirements TBD. Battery percussion requirements TBD. These videos are due by February 7th and results will be posted the day of the event at registration and emailed to the directors after the checked-in process. Band and chair placement is based on these audition results. If no audition is submitted, the student can still attend, but will be chaired lower than those who do submit a video audition.
The cost of attending the MU Honor Band Festival Band is $30.00 per student. This covers the cost clinician instruction, music and materials, as well as a festival t-shirt and certificate. Again, once you receive the list of students who have been accepted to our Honor Band Festival, you may send in one check, made out to “Kappa Kappa Psi,” or you may submit payment online here. The registration fee must be paid by a date TBD. If you are going to mail in a payment, you can send it to:
1 John Marshall Dr.
Smith Music Hall, room 130
Huntington, WV 25705
Chair/Band audition materials are 2 major scales and the required prepared piece which will be emailed to directors on Friday, January 19, 2024. These videos are due by February 7th and should be submitted here. Results will be posted the day of the event at registration and emailed to the directors after the checked-in process. Band and chair placement is based on these audition results. If no audition is submitted, the student can still attend, but will be chaired lower than those who do submit a video audition.
The cost of attending the MU Honor Band Festival Band is $30.00 per student. This covers the cost clinician instruction, music and materials, as well as a festival t-shirt and certificate. Again, once you receive the list of students who have been accepted to our Honor Band Festival, you may send in one check, made out to “Kappa Kappa Psi,” or you may submit payment online here. The registration fee must be paid by Friday, February 17. If you are going to mail in a payment, you can send it to the address listed 2 paragraphs up.
1:00 – check-in
2:30 – Required meeting with all students in recital hall
3:00 – Boyd County Concert Band & Marshall University Wind Symphony concert
4:00 – Move to rehearsal area
4:15 – Rehearsals begin
- Wind Symphony – Recital Hall
- Symphony Band – 143
- Concert Band – 150
5:00 – Conducting Workshop/Seminar for directors (Sign up for waiting list here) – All are welcome to attend.
7:00 – rehearsal ends
9:00 – Rehearsal begins
12:15 – Lunch
1:50 – Masterclasses for students
2:00 – Clinician Workshop for directors w/Dr. Myra Rhoden
2:20 – Student tour and Q&A with Marshall Directors
3:00 – Rehearsal
1:45 – Rehearsal
3:05 – Masterclasses for students
3:15 – Clinician Workshop for directors w/ Garrett Griffin
3:35 – Student tour and Q&A with Marshall Directors
4:15 – Rehearsal
1:45 – Rehearsal
4:30 – Student tour and Q&A with Marshall Directors
4:45 – Clinician Workshop for directors w/Dr. Jason Caslor
5:15 – Masterclasses for students
5:45 – Rehearsal ends, move to Recital Hall
6:00 – Marshall Symphonic Band Concert
7:00 – dinner
9:00 – Rehearsal (Symphonic Band in Recital Hall)
Presentation/Discussion with guest composer: Nicole Piunno
12:00 – Lunch
1:30 – Rehearsal (Concert Band in Recital Hall)
3:30 – Rehearsal Ends
4:00 – Hall opens
4:30 – Honor Band Concert Begins
Performance order: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony
Marshall School of Music or Athletic Band Auditions
Those who wish to audition for scholarships, entrance into the MU School of Music, and/or tuition waivers for Marching Thunder participation will have an opportunity to do so on Thursday morning during the 9:00 am rehearsal block. Those interested in auditioning to be a music major should contact Dr. Vallejo to schedule a time to audition.
Each student is given a Festival Band certificate and MU Festival Band T-shirt. The MU Chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. will be recording the concert and offering CDs for $15.00.
Honor Band Sweatshirts (New)
This year we will be offering sweatshirts at $35 each. We do not want you, as band directors, to deal with ordering something else, collecting money, sizes, etc. Please click here to download the pre-order instructions that you can email out to your students and parents. If they decide to purchase a sweatshirt, you will have to do NOTHING!!! The sweatshirts will have the same design as the T-Shirt with the exception being that the back of the sweatshirts will have the names of all the participating High Schools. You will also pick these up upon checking in on the first day of the Honor Band Festival.
The concert attire for the performance on Friday is concert black or black & white. We would like to display a sense of professionalism at our concert. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance with this.
All campus dining facilities at the Memorial Student Center and Harless Dining Hall will be open. Students may also go off-campus to eat. There are several restaurants and fast food places within easy walking distance from campus.
There are many hotels in the Huntington/Barboursville/Ashland area available for housing during the Honor Band Festival.
Parking for Buses
For those schools bringing buses, you may unload the students on 3rd Ave. in the left lane or in the parking lot north of the new Engineering Building across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall. On Thursday before 7 p.m. and Friday all day, we ask that you park the buses at the stadium parking lot on the corner of 20th St. and 3rd Ave. (please remember that 3rd Ave. is one way going west, the stadium is east of the music building). On Friday, you may park in the new lot behind the new Engineering Building across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall (corner of 3rd Ave. & Hal Greer Blvd.) or in the West Stadium Parking Lot.
Parking for Cars/Vans
On Wednesday evening cars and vans arriving before 6 p.m. should unload students at Smith Music Hall and then move to the West Stadium Parking Lot to park. On Thursday all cars and vans arriving after 6 p.m. may park in the parking lots directly across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall. All other areas will be ticketed. On Thursday, all cars should park in the West Stadium Parking Lot until after 6 p.m. For the concert on Friday, all cars and vans may park in the lots across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall. Parking in areas other than those instructed above may result in a parking ticket.
Please contact Dr. Phil Vallejo with any questions