Thank you for your interest in the 2021 CU High School Honor Band! The purpose of CU Honor Band is to provide a premier musical experience for students throughout 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.

Dates: Friday, Feb. 26-Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021

For the 2021 CU High School Honor Band Festival, we will be offering a robust, dynamic, and engaging online experience!  Details will be clarified and posted here soon, but you can expect to receive high-quality instruction from CU faculty and exciting content throughout the festival weekend, including instrument masterclasses, elective sessions, and a professionally crafted virtual performance.

We will also be offering sessions throughout the weekend specifically for band directors, led by our faculty. 

View the 2021 schedule >>


Thank you for all of your audition submissions; and congratulations to the students who have been chosen for the 2021 University of Colorado High School Honor Band!  Please not that, due to the virtual nature and limited musical selection for this year’s festival, chairs were not assigned. As a result, the rosters are listed in alphabetical order.

View the selected Advanced Ensemble roster >>
View the selected Intermediate Ensemble roster >>

Auditions are open to all students grades 9-12. All students will submit their audition recording via our online registration. We are unable to accept auditions by email attachment or physical mail. 

Audition Materials

High School Honor Band audition materials for 2021 >>

Audition Process

Students can expect the audition process to include submitting an online form and providing an audition recording as part of that form. 

Audition Deadline:  All audition submissions must be submitted no later than 11:59pm on Thursday December 3, 2020.

Selection for the 2021 festival will have some notable changes as a result of the online experience.  Two ensembles will be selected and seated: an advanced ensemble and an intermediate ensemble.  This means we will be selecting nearly 175 students to participate in this year’s event!  Additionally, all students who are not selected for the festival will receive feedback on their audition.  As a result, all students who audition for the 2021 CU Honor Band Festival will receive an instructional experience. 

Directors will receive a list of students selected for CU Honor Band and all students will be notified by mid-December 2020. If selected for the Honor Band, students will be expected to attend all scheduled programming and activities on Feb. 26-27, including viewing the Friday evening Wind Symphony-Symphonic Band Concert. All selected participants will be expected to submit a video recording for a virtual performance by January 31.  Music and how to submit this recording will be provided to selected students and directors.


There is no fee to audition; the cost to participate in the festival if selected is $15 per student. This cost is reduced from previous years due to the online nature of the 2021 festival experience.

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