The Marshall University Honor Band Festival will be held February 6-8, 2020. The Honor Band Festival is an event developed for the purpose of recognizing the achievements of exceptional high school musicians and provide an opportunity to work with great guest conductors from around the country and get to know the amazing faculty at Marshall University. The weekend includes workshops and master classes with world-renowned musicians, performances by the Marshall Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and demonstrations by student ensembles. This year we will have a different process for selection and auditioning the students. 

Selection Process

Step 1- Students can be nominated by their director for consideration as we have done in the past. Students will be accepted based on recommendation of their director and the instrumentation needs of the ensemble. Nominations are due by January 6, 2020 and will be notified on January 7th of the selected students.

This year we also have an option of individual auditions for students who's school may not be bringing a group.

Step 2- Video Auditions will be required of those selected to attend High School Honor Band. For more information about the submission process of the audition video click HERE. Audition materials for wind players are 2 major scales and a prepared piece. Percussionists have a scale, rudiment, and a prepared piece. These videos are due by January 17 and results will be posted the day of the event at registration and emailed to the directors after everyone has checked-in.


All campus dining facilities at the Memorial Student Center and Harless Dining Hall will be open. Students may also go off-campus to eat. There are several restaurants and fast food places within easy walking distance from campus. We will not offer lunch on Friday through our music department as we have in the past.


There are many hotels in the Huntington/Barboursville/Ashland area available for housing during the Honor Band Festival.

MU Department of Music and Marching Band Auditions

Seniors wishing to audition for scholarships and entrance into the MU Department of Music and tuition scholarships through the marching band will have an opportunity to do so on Friday, during the 1:00 p.m. rehearsal. Those interested in auditioning to be a music major should click here and follow the steps.

Parking for Buses

For those schools bringing buses, you may unload the students on 3rd Ave. in the left lane or in the new parking lot north of the new Engineering Building across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall.  On Thursday before 7 p.m. and Friday all day, we ask that you park the buses at the stadium parking lot on the corner of 20th St. and 3rd Ave. (please remember that 3rd Ave. is one way going west, the stadium is east of the music building).  On Saturday, you may park in the new lot behind the new Engineering Building across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall (corner of 3rd Ave. & Hal Greer Blvd.) or in the West Stadium Parking Lot.

Parking for Cars/Vans

On Thursday evening cars and vans arriving before 7 p.m. should unload students at Smith Music Hall and then move to the West Stadium Parking Lot to park for the auditions.  On Thursday all cars and vans arriving after 7 p.m. may park in the parking lots directly across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall.  All other areas will be ticketed.  On Friday, all cars should park in the West Stadium Parking Lot until after 6 p.m.  On Saturday, all cars and vans may park in the lots across 3rd Ave. from Smith Music Hall.  Parking in areas other than those instructed above may result in a parking ticket.


Please contact Adam Dalton with any questions