Thank you for your interest in the 2018 CU Middle School Honor Band under the direction of guest conductor and Director of Bands at Young Harris College, Dr. Mary Land. 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 masterclasses 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.

Dates: Friday, Feb. 23-Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Both the rehearsals and performance will take place at the University of Colorado. Check in will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, with 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. 24, and perform a concert in Macky Auditorium that evening. Exact times will be provided upon acceptance.

Auditions

We are excited to move forward with our online audition process! Students submit their audition(s) for the 2018 Honor Band by completing our online registration form, and submitting a $20 audition fee to their director by Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Directors will be invoiced for their students’ audition fees when registration closes. As part of the registration form, students will either upload their audio or video recording or select the option to mail an audition CD. Directors: any CD submissions MUST be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. We anticipate the Honor Band audition submission process to be 100 percent online next year. 

Notifications of acceptance and music will be sent to directors by mid-January 2018. If selected for the Honor Band, students will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and activities on Feb. 23-24, 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.

Audition Materials

Middle School Honor Band excerpts for 2018

Audition Process

Step 1: Prepare to record your audition

  1. Prepare the requirements for your instrument. Practice stating your name, grade, school and instrument, and performing the scales and etudes in the order you will record them. 
  2. No metronome is allowed for audition recordings.
  3. Gather the materials you need to record your audition. For best results, make recordings using a high-quality microphone. If you are submitting a CD, use a new CD and label the disc using Sharpie (not pen, which could damage the CD).

Step 2: Record your audition

  1. Record one student per file or CD.
  2. Do not alter the audition recording in any way.
  3. Confirm that your file and/or CD has finalized and is playable. Unplayable audition submissions will not be eligible for scoring.
  4. Save your file name as “LAST NAME_FIRST NAME.mp3” (ex. mckinney_donald.mp3). If submitting a CD, use Sharpie to label your CD with your name, grade, school and instrument.

Step 3: Submit your audition

  1. All students must submit the online registration form, regardless of audition method (audio file upload or CD submission). Click on the links below to submit your online registration form for your instrument. The first section is director information; student information is submitted in Section 2 of the form.

    Flutes and Piccolos   
    Oboes 
    Bassoons 
    Clarinets 
    Saxophones 
    Trumpets  
    French Horns 
    Trombones 
    Euphoniums and Tubas  
    Percussion 

  2. If you are auditioning on more than one instrument, please submit the form for each separate instrument audition.
  3. If you are submitting a CD, complete the online form and then mail your CD to:

CU Middle School Honor Band
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Step 4: Submit your audition fee

  1. The audition fee is $20 per audition submission (for example, students auditioning on two instruments would pay $40 total).
  2. Once registration has closed, we will invoice band directors for the total number of student auditions. Directors: Please remit payment for all students via check(s), made out to: University of Colorado. Unpaid auditions and auditions with the incorrect payee will not be scored. Mail payment to:

CU Middle School Honor Band
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

If you have any questions about Middle School Honor Band, please email us at MSHonorBand@colorado.edu