During the two-day festival, students and directors develop their skills through rehearsals and clinics with guest conductors and members of the Drake music faculty. The culminating events are the two evening concerts that feature the Drake Bands and the Honor Bands presenting a wide variety of the finest music for wind band. The Honors Concert Band and Honors Wind Ensemble are comprised of over 200 students from throughout Iowa and Nebraska. These students are among the finest in the nation.
To provide an exceptional ensemble experience for high school students to perform under the baton of our nation’s finest band conductors.
All activities of the High School Honor Band will be conducted in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, located on the Drake University campus.
The festival features two distinct honors ensembles. Membership in the Honors Wind Ensemble is reserved for high school seniors and members of previous Iowa All-State bands. Membership in the Honors Concert Band is open to students of all grade levels and abilities.
High school students may, with the recommendation of their instrumental director, apply for membership in the Honor Band. Deadline for application is Monday, November 7, 2022. Should you find the need to fax your recommendations, that number is (515) 271-2558. Please be sure to include both the Director's Nomination form and Student Application form with all entries. Applications will NOT be processed without both forms. Applications may also be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Drake University will employ the use of Eventbrite to secure all payments for student participants of the festival. Directors will be sent a link to Eventbrite, upon notification of student acceptances to the festival. Payment is due on or before December 2, 2023. A registration fee of $20.00 per student (plus $1.99/student user fee for Eventbrite) is due by the day of the event (December 2, 2022). A registration desk will be located in the lobby of the Performing Arts Hall of the Fine Arts Center. Students are asked to register upon arrival between 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Chair auditions will consist of performance of the Honor Band music sent to students. Passages utilized are left to the discretion of the auditioner. Students must bring their music with them to their chair placement auditions.
All rehearsals are open to parents, directors and friends.
High School Seniors who interested in auditioning for Drake Music Scholarships are invited to participate in the Drake Music Scholarship Auditions to be held in February 2023. Plan now to attend one of the three dates for scholarship auditions: February 3, 2023 or February 10, 2023. Music scholarships are available for music majors, minors and program participants. For more information about auditions, please click here.
For further information about the Honor Band Festival, contact the Drake University Bands at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the band office at 515-271-3164.