High School Honor Band Weekend 2023


Friday, Jan. 13 – Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023


High School Honor Bands logo

One of the longest-running and finest events of its kind, this annual offering welcomes students in grades 9 – 12 to campus. Outstanding musicians, selected from director nominations, will be placed via video audition submission into one of three bands — Honors Wind Symphony, Scarlet Symphonic Band and Gray Symphonic Band.

All bands will perform on Sunday afternoon in Weigel Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Band Directors — Nomination Process

Band directors — you may nominate up to 20 outstanding student musicians in grades 9 – 12 for consideration. We will make every effort to include at least one student from each school, within the limitations we face in achieving balanced instrumentation.
Deadline for nominations: Friday, Nov. 4.

Students, parents and band directors will be notified of nominees' status on or before Monday, Nov. 14. For those students invited to participate, placement auditions will take place via video submission.

Directors, please double check each entry for accurate spelling of email addresses for ALL student nominees and parents. Typos result in failure to deliver messages to nominees and parents. We also recommend that you assemble your list ahead of time so that you are prepared to rank your nominees #1 – #20, without duplicating a ranking.

Nomination portal for band directors

Deadline: Friday, Nov. 4

What to Expect

Selected students will join other advanced high school musicians from around the state and beyond for an exciting weekend of concerts and high-level music making. Rehearsals will culminate in a concert of challenging and rewarding repertoire conducted by The Ohio State University band faculty.

  • Master classes by School of Music faculty
  • An opening concert by The Ohio State University Wind Symphony
  • Instruction from studio and band faculty
  • Honor Band T-shirt
  • Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch
    • Breakfast is provided at the hotels for hotel residents
  • Shuttle bus to and from the hotels
  • Supervision of students while at the hotels


Commuter ($110) — Students who will commute to campus each day will NOT need a hotel. This option is typically for students who live in the Columbus area.

Resident ($250) — Students who require housing while on campus for the Honor Band weekend will stay in a hotel (2 students/room; 2-night stay).

Honor Band Weekend Highlights

Daily Honor Band Rehearsals

Friday Concert by The Ohio State University Wind Symphony


  • Master classes led by School of Music faculty
  • Question and Answer session led by School of Music recruitment team

Sunday Honor Band Concerts — open to the public.


Contact HSHonorBand.osu.edu for questions or clarification about High School Honor Band Weekend.