High School Honor Band Festival

Join Us for Honor Band

CSU’s annual High School Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians Rocky Mountain Region, selected from hundreds of applicants throughout the western region; the three day festival takes place at the University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Guest clinicians and conductors enhance the student’s experience, providing invaluable insight and expertise. In addition to rehearsals, students enjoy several concerts given by CSU faculty and student ensembles. The experience is capped off with a performance by the honor band in the beautiful, state-of-the art Griffin Concert Hall.


May 26: Audition excerpts posted online (audition material is an amended version of the Colorado All-State audition materials)
Oct. 6: Audition and application due
Oct. 20: Auditionees notified of acceptance
End of Oct.: Music and part assignments available
Nov. 10: Commitment forms postmarked
Thursday, Dec. 7 - Saturday, Dec. 9: Honor Band Festival
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m.: Final Concert. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to curtain. The concert is FREE.

Guest Clinician

Dr. Scott Tobias, director of bands and assistant professor of music at West Virginia University.

Bands under Dr. Tobias’ direction have performed nationally and internationally at events such as the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Western International Band Clinic, the London New Year’s Day Parade, and the Cabalgata de Reyes (Madrid, Spain).  Dr. Tobias is a recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, and has been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  While at Appalachian State University, he was also recognized with the Hayes School of Music Outstanding Teacher Award. More at music.wvu.edu

Past Clinicians

Travis Cross Honor Band ClinicianTravis J. Cross, associate professor of music and department vice chair at UCLA. music.ucla.edu

Dr. Rodney Dorsey, director of bands at the University of Oregon. music.uoregon.edu

Dr. Rebecca Phillips, director of bands at Colorado State University. music.colostate.edu


Copper Ferreira

Special Assistant Professor of Music Theory
Ensemble Coordinator


(970) 491-1584