High School Honor Band

Honor Band 2018
Photo: 2018 High School Honor Band in performance in Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Thank you to the 100 students from over 50 high schools that participated in the 2018 University of Minnesota Honor Band.
Dates for the Honor Band 2019 to be announced soon.

University of Minnesota High School Honor Band

Ferguson Hall, Northrop and Ted Mann Concert Hall

January 19-21, 2018

The twenty-fourth annual University of Minnesota High School Honor Band weekend will be held on campus beginning Friday afternoon, January 19, 2017 at 4 pm and will conclude with a concert on Sunday afternoon, January 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm in Ted Mann Concert Hall. This is an outstanding opportunity for 90 of the Upper Midwest’s finest high school wind and percussion instrumentalists in grades 10, 11, and 12 to rehearse and perform challenging music in a concentrated setting.
Dr. Emily Threinen, Prof. Jerry Luckhardt, and Prof. Betsy McCann, conductors.

Eligibility and Audition Requirements
High school students in grades 10–12 are eligible to participate. Each student must be recommended by a band director and should be an outstanding instrumentalist capable of performing class A literature. Each applicant must submit an online application and email an mp3 recording containing three to five total minutes of playing. Each audio file must be clearly labeled with the student’s name, instrument, and selections. Selections should include a slow legato work and a contrasting etude or movement of a technical nature. Percussionists should perform on at least two different instruments of their choice. Applicants who wish to audition for more than one instrument must submit a separate music file for each instrument. 

  • Applicants must submit an Application and a Recording and have their teacher complete a Director's Recommendation.
  • Applications DUE at 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
  • Accepted students will be invited to an optional Band Experience Day the evening of Tuesday, December 12.
Honor Band Fee:
$190 – for participants that require housing
$150 – for participants that do not require housing
This fee covers instruction, venue rental, meals, supplies and housing expenses (if applicable).

Director's Recommendation
Evaluation Rubric

2018 Repertoire
Irish Tune from County Derry (1918), Percy Aldridge Grainger/Rogers (4’) 
Vulcan: “Vulcan’s Forge” (2014) [Movement III], Michael Daugherty (6’) 
English Folk Song Suite (1923), Ralph Vaughan Williams (12’) 
Heart Songs [Mvmt I: A Quiet Song] (1997), David Maslanka (6‘) 
Jazz Suite No. 2 [Dance I] (1938), Shostakovich/de Meij (3’)