High School Honor Jazz Band Weekend — Oct. 7–9, 2022


High School Honor Jazz Band — Accepted Student Registration


CONGRATULATIONS! to all musicians who have been selected to participate in this exciting event. We hope that each one of you can join us. Please read carefully below to learn what to expect and the next steps toward participation. 

Students who have received notification of acceptance to High School Honor Jazz Band 2022, and plan to attend, must confirm their intention to participate by following the steps below to submit an online acceptance form, payment and required participation forms. Students will also be required to submit a brief (1–2 minute) recorded video for seating of our two honor bands.


  • An opening concert by The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble
  • Master classes by School of Music faculty
  • Comprehensive and educational rehearsals led by Ohio State Jazz faculty
  • Engagement with challenging and rewarding repertoire
  • Presenting a closing concert in Weigel Auditorium, free and open to the public 

FEE  $95, includes:

  • Saturday lunch and dinner
  • Sunday lunch
  • Honor Band Instrument Case Decal
  • Recording of Honor Band concert 
  • All instruction


Due to COVID-19 protocols, we are unable to offer housing for the 2022 High School Honor Jazz Band. 
Families are responsible for their own housing and may book rooms at the Holiday Inn Express or Staybridge Suites on Olentangy River Rd.

  • Bus transportation will be provided to students, to and from these locations for all scheduled activities.

IMPORTANT — We highly recommend that you confirm the hotel refund policy based on the platform you use for your reservation (hotel direct, third party such as Expedia, etc.) If this event must be canceled for any reason, be sure that you can receive a refund. 

Forms and Payment — Due by Friday, September 23


Complete the acceptance form.

High School Honor Jazz Band form for accepted students


Payment may be made by credit card or check/money order. 

  • By credit card (preferred) — make payment at the School of Music eStore (you will receive the payment site link in your confirmation email). After submitting payment, you will receive an invoice showing "Paid" at the top. 
  • By check or money order — made payable to "The Ohio State University.” Indicate "HS Honor Band" on the memo line of the check. Mail payment to the School of Music at the address below. Do not send cash. 

High School Honor Jazz Band c/o Administrative Associate
The Ohio State University School of Music
110 Weigel Hall
1866 College Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210 

You will receive confirmation via email within 7 – 10 business days. 


Shortly after registering, parents/guardians and participants will receive permission forms from the High School Honor Jazz Band Administrator via DocuSign. These forms must be signed and submitted electronically by Sept. 23 in order to participate.

Band Placement Video — Due by Friday, Sept. 30

Students who have been accepted to participate in the honor band weekend must prepare a video for placement into one of the bands.

Video Requirements (all instruments)

Your video should be no longer than 2 minutes.

  1. All instruments — perform the melody and an improvised solo to Charlie Parker’s "Billie’s Bounce" [pdf] with or without backing track or live accompaniment
  2. Guitar and Piano should also record a chorus of comping.
  3. Bass should also record a chorus walking a bass line
  4. Drums should include 12 measures of 4/4 swing, 12 measures of drums solo, 12 measures of bossa nova. All at 132 bpm.

Instructions for how to make and submit your video

Music for Honor Jazz Band Weekend

Access your music for Honor Jazz Band Weekend here.

  • Download all music PDFs for your instrument from the Scores section.
  • Choose and prepare the part you normally play in your home jazz band, but familiarize yourself with all parts for your instrument.

You do not need to print or bring music with you; we will provide music when you are on campus.


Final Instructions

Shortly before the event, participants will receive an email with further instructions about what to bring, arrival, parking, checking in, etc.

QUESTIONS?  Email Robert Brooks at brooks.1252@osu.edu 

Tentative Honor Band Schedule


5–6:45 p.m. — Registration 

  • Dinner is on your own before the 7:30 p.m. welcome meeting.

7:30 p.m. – Welcome meeting
8 p.m. — Concert featuring The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble


7 a.m. — Breakfast is on your own at your hotel
8–8:15 a.m. — approximate bus pick up at the hotels (please be ready)
9 a.m. — Big band rehearsal
11 a.m. — Improvisation 1 and 2 
12 Noon — Lunch 
1 p.m. — Big band rehearsal 
3 p.m. — Instrument master classes 
4 p.m. — Jazz Elective 
5 p.m. — Dinner 
6:30 p.m. — Big band rehearsal 
9 p.m. — Jam Session hosted by Jazz Club 
10:30 p.m. — Students dismissed 

  • Buses will pick up students at the School of Music and return them to the hotels by approx. 10:50–11 p.m.


7 a.m. — Breakfast is on your own at your hotel
8–8:15 a.m. — approximate bus pick up at the hotels (please be ready)
9 a.m. — Big band rehearsal 
11 a.m. — School of Music presentation
12 Noon — Lunch 
2 p.m. — Finale Concert. Free and open to the public.
3:30 p.m. — Students dismissed