UMD Jr. High Honor Band Festival

This event has been postponed until 2022 due to the COVID-19 situation

The Junior High Honor Bands are composed predominately of outstanding eighth and ninth grade students from the area. A few seventh graders will be accepted on a special case basis. This festival typically features 3 honor bands each totaling between 80 and 120 musicians.

Our Honor Band Philosophy

The purpose of this festival is to give the best students in your program a chance to participate in an ensemble that not only performs well but provides the students an opportunity to learn more about music and hopefully inspire them to become more excited about music. While we want bands that play well at the concert, we are more concerned about what your students learn while they are here at UMD. The level of performance does not always reflect what has been learned. Having said that, I would like you to consider the following when you are nominating your students.

  1. Nominate only those who you know have achieved a level of skill beyond beginner level.
  2. Please nominate students who have good attitudes and want to learn.
  3. Please nominate students who want to work hard.
  4. Nominate those who will appreciate the opportunity you/we are providing them and want to take their experiences back home to help improve your program.

Festival Dates

Postponed until 2022


How to Nominate 

Nominations are now CLOSED

Annual Junior High Honor Band Festival - Has been postponed until next year - 2022.

Documents, Festival Information, Honor Band Up Dates

All documents, information, and updates for the Junior High School Honor Band Festival will appear here as more information is made available.