The EIU HS Honor Band festival will bring 120 of the best high school band students to campus for a day of rehearsals, masterclasses, a faculty recital, and a culminating concert conducted by EIU band directors, Dr. Alicia Neal and Prof. David Boggs.
To be considered for the HS Honor Band Wind Symphony, students must submit an audition video and an online application. The video audition procedure is similar to the All-State audition video submission, and using the same video is encouraged. For those who did not audition for All-State, alternative audition material and instructions are below. Those students who only wish to participate in the HS Honor Band Concert Band should complete an online application, and have their band director submit an online recomendation form. Students who do not complete the audition video submission will only be considered for participation in the HS Honor Band Concert Band.
All participating students will receive lunch, a t-shirt, and all instruction and materials for only $25/student. All-State students from 2021-2022 pay only $10. Following the two honor band performances, participants will also hear a performance by the EIU Wind Symphony.
HS Honor Band Concert Band (non-auditioned group):
Students, submit online application form here.
Band directors, submit online recommendation form here.
Students auditioning for Honor Band Wind Symphony, click here (coming soon) to submit your application. You will be asked to copy and paste your YouTube audition link at the end of your application form.
Acceptance and Payment:
All students who auditioned will be notified via e-mail in the first week in November regarding their acceptance into the group. Directors of selected students will also be notified via e-mail.
Once students are notified of their participation in the Honor Band Festival, payment should be postmarked by Wednesday, November 30. If extenuating circumstances arise with regards to the payment deadline, please contact Dr. Neal directly via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is $25/student. 2021-2022 All-State members are $10/student. Checks should be made out to "EIU." Please mail payments to:
EIU Band Program, Attn: HS Honor Band Festival, 2620 Doudna, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920.