2016 HS Honor Band

The 25th Annual Auburn University Symphonic Honor Band Festival will be held at Auburn University February 12-14, 2016.

We are pleased to announce that our guest composers will be Julie Giroux and Randall Standridge. Every participant will have the opportunity to play under the baton of one of these outstanding composers. Our ensemble guest conductors will be Thomas Leslie, Kenneth Beard, David Raney, and Tracy Leslie.

Students from across the Southeast and the nation will be selected to participate in the festival based on submitted applications and director recommendations. Each participant will be placed in one of four ensembles after an on-site audition. The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will be comprised of those who perform the strongest auditions. The Tiger and Eagle Bands will be equal ensembles.

During the course of the festival, students will participate in master classes with Auburn University faculty, hear performances by the AU Symphonic Winds and Jazz Bands, and work with renowned conductors and composers.  The festival will culminate with a finale concert on Saturday, Feb. 13.

High School seniors will have the opportunity to audition for Auburn University Band scholarships during the honor band festival if they wish.

Housing and Meals

Auburn University is not able to provide housing and meals as classes will be in session during the Honor Band Festival. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, and a list of other area hotels will be posted. There are options for meals both on campus and in downtown Auburn. Directors or parents will be responsible for making arrangements for meals and housing.


Ensembles will rehearse in Goodwin Music Building, the Auburn High School Performing Arts Center, and the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center. Students will need transportation to these sites. A schedule will be provided.

Application and Participation Fees 

A $10 application fee is required. After being selected, each participant will need to pay a non-refundable $55 participation fee by the deadline in the acceptance letter. Each participant will receive a long-sleeved festival t shirt during check-in, and a medal after the festival has concluded.

View pictures from the 2015 Festival