Thank you for your interest in the 2020 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. At CU Honor Band, the students participate in master classes with faculty from the University of Colorado 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 guest conductor for the 2020 CU High School Honor Band is Dr. Shanti Simon, Director of Bands at the University of Oklahoma.

Dates: Friday, Feb. 28-Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020

Both the rehearsals and performance will take place at the University of Colorado. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, with master classes, rehearsals and the CU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert that evening. The Honor Band will rehearse from approximately 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, and perform a concert in Macky Auditorium that evening. 

View the 2020 schedule >>


Auditions are open to all students grades 9-12. Students have a choice when completing their audition: They can either submit an audio recording via our online registration, OR they can complete a live audition at one of our regional audition sites. ALL STUDENTS must complete their respective online form to be considered for CU High School Honor Band. We are unable to accept auditions by email attachment or physical mail. 

Regional auditions will be by appointment only; no drop-in auditions will be allowed. The links to upload your recorded audition or sign up for a regional audition will be posted here by Nov. 1.

Regional Live Audition Dates, Times and Locations

Dec. 2, 2019: 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - Cheyenne Mountain High School
Deadline to sign up for your audition: Nov. 29, 11:00 p.m.

Dec. 4, 2019: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. - University of Colorado Boulder
Deadline to sign up for your audition: Dec. 1, 11:00 p.m.

Dec. 5, 2019: 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - Cherry Creek High School
Deadline to sign up for your audition: Dec. 2, 11:00 p.m.

Audition Materials

High School Honor Band/Colorado All-State excerpts for 2020 >>

Please note that we are using the Colorado All-State music as audition music, and chair placement within the ensemble will be based on the initial audition.

Audition Process

Students can expect the audition process to include submitting an online form and either providing an audition recording as part of that form or auditioning live at one of our regional audition sites. Regional live auditions are by appointment only; walk-ins will not be accommodated. The links to upload your recorded audition or sign up for a regional audition will be posted here by Nov. 1.

Audition Deadline: All audition submissions must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2019. 

Directors will receive a list of students selected for CU Honor Band and all students will be notified by Dec. 13, 2019. Music for the festival will be emailed to the selected students by the end of January. If selected for the Honor Band, students will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and activities on Feb. 28-29, including attending the Friday evening Wind Symphony-Symphonic Band Concert. Parents are responsible for transportation, lodging and supervision at all other times during the Honor Band weekend.


There is no fee to audition; the cost to participate in the festival if selected is $35 per student. 

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