Thank you for your interest in the 2020 CU Middle 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 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.

Our guest conductor for the 2020 CU Middle School Honor Band is Audrey Murphy, Director of Bands at Hopewell Middle School. 

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 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, 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. 29, and perform a concert in Macky Auditorium that evening. 

View the 2020 schedule >>


The 2020 Honor Band process is 100 percent online (no CD submissions will be accepted). Audition materials are due Nov. 13, 2019.

Notifications of acceptance, as well as audition feedback, will be emailed to directors by Dec. 13, 2019. Music will be emailed to directors by mid-January 2020. 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.

Audition Materials

Middle School Honor Band excerpts for 2020 >>

Audition Process

See a step-by-step guide for submitting your audition >>

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. 

Step 2: Record your audition

  1. Record one student per file, and just one file per student.
  2. Do not alter the audition recording in any way.
  3. Confirm that your file 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).

Step 3: Submit your audition

All students must submit their audition via the online registration form, using the below links. Note: There is a separate form for each instrument.

If you are auditioning on more than one instrument, please submit the form for each separate instrument audition.

Step 4: Submit your audition fee

  1. The audition fee is $25 per audition submission (for example, students auditioning on two instruments would pay $50 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. You may submit one total check for all of your students, or multiple personal checks (e.g. one for each student) if that is easier, as long as they are all sent in one envelope. Unpaid auditions and auditions with the incorrect payee will not be scored. Mail payment to:

University of Colorado
Attn. Laura Graham
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

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