High School Honor Band Festival

2019 High School Honor Band Results

The Marshall University Honor Band Festival will be held February 14-16, 2019. 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. The weekend includes workshops and master classes with world-renowned musicians, performances by the Marshall Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and demonstrations by student ensembles. Participants will audition on Thursday and be placed into one of four honor bands. The weekend will conclude with a concert by all four of the ensembles.

The Clinicians
Diane Koutsulis; Clark County Schools (retired); Las Vegas, NV- John Marshall Band
John Thompson; New Their High School (retired); Winnetka, IL- Symphonic Band
Joe Hardin, Huntington, WV
Bobby Jenks; Kanawha County WV

The cost of attending the MU Festival Band is $25.00 per student. For this, each student receives a custom Festival Band Medal and a Festival Band T-Shirt. You may enclose one check or several, made out to “Kappa Kappa Psi”. Please pay the registration fees when you check in. (Directors only please!)

Each student is given a Festival Band medal and MU Festival Band T-shirt.  The MU Chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. will be recording the concert and offering CDs for $12.00.

Directors may register in room 123 in Smith Music Hall.  Your students will be assigned a time upon arrival.  Students may warm up in one of our practice rooms located on the second and third floor or in the concert hall beginning at 11:00

Thursday, February 15, 2018
9:00 AM Check in at Smith Music Hall Room 123
(audition results will be emailed to Directors and posted in Smith Music Hall and the Henderson Center).
9:45 AM auditions as assigned upon registration
6:00-6:45- Welcome Meeting and Marshall Wind Symphony Concert- Smith Music Recital Hall
7:00 – 9:00 PM Rehearsal

Friday, February 15, 2018
9:00 Rehearsal
10:30 Break
10:45 Rehearsal
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Rehearsal
1:15- Auditions for MU music – interested seniors only
3:00 Marshall Symphonic Band Concert
4:00 Master Classes
5:00 Dinner on your own
6:30 Rehearsal
7:30 Break
8:30 Rehearsal ends

Saturday, February 16, 2018
9:00 Rehearsal
10:30 Break
10:45 Rehearsal
11:45 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Rehearsal
3:30 Hall opens for seating
4:00 CONCERT- Hardin Clinic Band- Smith Recital Hall
4:45 CONCERT- Jenks Clinic Band – Smith Recital Hall
5:30 CONCERT- Symphonic Band
6:15 CONCERT- John Marshall Wind Symphony

Audition materials for wind players are major scales up to and including 4 sharps and 4 flats, chromatic scale and sight reading. Percussionists will be given a sight-reading exercise. Please report one-half hour before your first audition. Results will be posted Thursday night and emailed to the directors

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. We will not offer lunch on Friday through our music department as we have in the past.

There are many hotels in the Huntington/Barboursville/Ashland area available for housing during the Honor Band Festival.

MU Department of Music and Marching Band Auditions
Seniors wishing to audition for scholarships and entrance into the MU Department of Music and tuition scholarships through the marching band will have an opportunity to do so on Friday, during the 1:00 p.m. rehearsal. Those interested in auditioning to be a music major should click here and follow the steps.

Parking for Buses

For those schools bringing buses, you may unload the students on 3rd Ave. in the left lane or in the new 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 Saturday, 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 Thursday evening cars and vans arriving before 7 p.m. should unload students at Smith Music Hall and then move to the West Stadium Parking Lot to park for the auditions.  On Thursday all cars and vans arriving after 7 p.m. may park in the parking lots directly across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall.  All other areas will be ticketed.  On Friday, all cars should park in the West Stadium Parking Lot until after 6 p.m.  On Saturday, 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 Adam Dalton with any questions