Thank you for your interest in the CU Boulder High School Honor Band, providing a premier musical experience for students from across Colorado.

Our goal is to enhance the opportunity students receive in their school band program by allowing them to meet and perform with other students. Participants benefit from master classes with CU Boulder faculty and rehearse as an ensemble for two days. At the end of the festival, they present a full-length concert that demonstrates their growth and development.

Our 2023 guest conductor is Caroline Beatty, director of bands and associate professor of music at Texas State University.

Feb. 24-25, 2023

Both the rehearsals and the performance will take place at the University of Colorado Boulder. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, with master classes, rehearsals and the CU Boulder Wind Symphony + Symphonic Band concert that evening. The High School Honor Band will rehearse from approximately 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, and perform a concert in Macky Auditorium that evening. 

The 2023 schedule is TBD. View the 2022 schedule.

Auditions

Auditions are open to all students grades 9-12. Auditions are online only.

Upload your audition here

Record one student per file, and just one file per student. Do not alter the recording in any way.

Audition materials

2023 CU Boulder High School Honor Band flexible audition materials

Please note that chair placement within the ensembles will be based on the initial audition.

Audition deadline: All audition submissions must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.

Directors will receive a list of students selected for the High School Honor Band and all students will be notified by Dec. 16, 2022. If selected, students will be expected to attend all scheduled programming and activities on Feb. 24-25, including viewing the Friday evening CU Boulder Wind Symphony + Symphonic Band concert. Parents are responsible for transportation, lodging and supervision at all other times during the High School Honor Band weekend.

Fees

There is no fee to audition; the cost to participate in the festival if selected is $40 per student. 

Private instructors 

As many directors requested, we have compiled a list of graduate and undergraduate students, alumni and faculty who are interested in offering private lessons. Note: The College of Music does not specifically endorse any private instructor on this list; this is simply a resource for you and your students.

Resource list

Questions? Email HSHonorBand@colorado.edu.