Honor Band Opportunities

We are very fortunate in Michigan to have several top-tier collegiate and other extracurricular music programs being offered to high school students. Below is a list of opportunities with links to registrations for various kinds of honor groups any and all students are encouraged to participate in.


University of Michigan Youth Ensembles

The University of Michigan offers high school students the opportunity to participate in Youth Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band Ensembles. Auditions are open to any high school student, and rehearsals take place on Sundays throughout the school year.

Audition Information
(Please note that the window for auditioning for the 2017-2018 season has ended, however their site will continually update with information about next year's audition opportunities)

Michigan state university Spartan Wind Symphony

The Spartan Youth Wind Symphony is available to any high school student. Given that auditions take place in the Spring leading up to the next school year, 8th graders may also apply.

Audition Information
(Please note that the window for auditioning for the 2017-2018 season has ended, however their site will continually update with information about next year's audition opportunities)

Eastern Michigan University Clinic day and honors band

On November 18th, the Eastern Michigan University Band Program will hold their annual Clinic Day and Band-O-Rama concert. Part of this day will include the option to audition for the EMU Honors Band, which will take place over a single weekend in January of 2018. More Information about this ensemble will be added as it becomes available.

Central Michigan University Honors Band

Central Michigan University's Honors Band takes place over a weekend in November. Applications and audition tapes for this ensemble will be due a few weeks earlier, most likely in mid to late October. More information about this ensemble will be added as it becomes available.

Detroit Civic Youth Ensembles

The Detroit Symphony sponsors several ensembles open to middle and high school players of varying levels for Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. These rehearsals take place on a weekly basis, with performance opportunities being offered throughout the school year.

Audition Information

District 4 Honors Band

The district 4 honors band and honors jazz band will be held on January 12 and 13, 2018 at Clarkston High School. Please check back often for more information.

Wayne state University Honors Band

Wayne State University is pleased to announce the 2017 Honor Band Day taking place on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  The High School Honor Band will begin at 9:30 am. The rehearsal will end at 4:00 pm. The high school students will be dismissed at that time to meet their parents for dinner and to change into their concert attire. High school students will report to the Student Center Ballroom at 6:00 pm. for warm-up. The high school honor band concert will begin at 7:00 pm. in the Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Wayne State University (5221 Gullen Mall).