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The 7th Annual Auburn University Middle School Symphonic Honor Band Festival will be held at Auburn University February 4-6, 2016.

We are pleased to announce that our guest composer will be Robert Sheldon.  Every participant will have the opportunity to play under the baton of this outstanding composer.  Our ensemble guest conductors will be Matt Koperniak, Leah Seng, and Gwendolyn Rakoff.

Students from across the Southeast will be selected to participate in the festival based on submitted applications and director recommendations.  Each participant will be placed in one of three ensembles after an on-site audition.  The 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 hear performances by the AU Concert and Jazz Bands, and work with renowned conductors and composers.  The festival will culminate with a finale concert on Saturday, Feb. 6.

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 and the Auburn High School Performing Arts 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.

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View pictures from the 2015 Festival