Info for Directors

Invitation & Selection Process

Thank you for taking the time to recommend your students to participate in the University of Arizona Honor Band. We encourage you to attend as well. It will be a great opportunity for you to observe rehearsals, master classes, collaborate with fellow colleagues, and attend the finale concert.

This invitation is your recommendation for the student to attend. Students are strongly encouraged to apply individually on-line. If the student does not have internet access, please assist them in the online application.

The following lists the order of operations for determining the personnel in the UA High School Honor Band. Please note that these guidelines serve as a foundation for selection, but the final instrumentation is dependent upon the needs of the music as established by the guest conductor along with UA Director of Bands.

Note: Director comments are a very important part to the overall selection process. We urge all directors who nominate student to give comments on student’s playing abilities and commitment to their musical experiences.

  1. Year in school in combination with director comments: Seniors and Juniors are given priority, and director comments contain critical information that assists the process. Sophomores and Freshman are considered after qualified Juniors and Seniors with strong director comments have been utilized to balance sectional needs. We urge the directors to rank the students based on their strengths. While this is not a requirement, this information will absolutely guide the selection process for the honor band.
  2. Past ensemble/awards received outside of the school that they attend. For example: Arizona All-State Band/Orchestra, Arizona Regional Honor Band/Orchestra, Arizona Solo and Ensemble, Past years in UA High School Honor Band or other honor bands.
  3. Years playing: Number of years the student has been playing their instrument from when they started to present day.

Student Commitment

Once pre-screening has been completed, students will receive an email confirming selection to the honor band. Attached to that email, there will be a commitment form that the students and parents/guardians will sign. The commitment form confirms that the student will be attending the honor band.

This commitment form has a two-week deadline once the student/parents have been notified on placement in the honor band. Once the two-week mark has passed with no returned commitment form, alternates or those who sent applications after the deadline will be placed in the group.  Students who do not confirm within the given time frame risk being replaced by alternates.