Honor Band is an audition based, after school ensemble comprised of the most advanced band students from each elementary school in the district. This performance-based ensemble provides students with the opportunity to take the skills they have been practicing on their instruments, both individually and in class, and apply them in a more focused group setting. In addition, it offers participants an extra set of challenges and motivation designed to lead to continued success at the next developmental levels.
Any student currently participating in 4th or 5th grade band class is welcome and encouraged to audition for the Honor Band. An enthusiastic, hard working attitude is essential for any potential Honor Band member. Students who are accepted must be willing and able to practice additional music that will be more advanced than the music they are receiving in their weekly music class, and attend rehearsal outside of the school day. Also of note is that, although the Honor Band is comprised of mixed grade levels, the majority of Honor Band students are in the 5th grade. As such, the instructional style and dynamics of the rehearsals are geared toward the maturity level of 5th graders.
Auditions take place around the beginning of December. The Honor Band normally begins its weekly 2 hour practices in January where they are assisted by a select group of High School mentors.