Frost Honor Band Festival

The Department of Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music sponsors the prestigious and exhilarating Frost Honor Band Festival. This year, the festival will take place March 31-April 1, 2017.  While the format for the weekend will remain the same as in years past, we have made some modifications to the weekend that we believe you and your students will enjoy, including an afternoon performance by the Frost Wind Ensemble on April 1! You and your students will not want to miss this opportunity!  This year, I will conduct the FSOM Festival Wind Ensemble, my colleague, Jay C. Rees, Director of Athletic Bands at the Frost School of Music, will conduct the Festival Green Band, and our guest, Steve Rivero, Director of Bands at Flanagan High School, will conduct the Festival Orange Band.  The Frost Honor Band Festival brings 260 talented high school instrumentalists from the State of Florida to the University of Miami Frost School of Music for two-days of rehearsals, master classes by Frost School artist faculty, and a final concert.

The Honor Band fee for 2017 is $75.00 per participating student.:

Hotel accommodations will once again be at the Coral Gables Holiday Inn.  We have made arrangements for a block of rooms during the nights of March 30, 31, and April 2.  Anyone wishing to lodge there will need to contact the hotel directly.  The room rate is $169 per room per night and is the same fee whether 1, 2, 3, or 4 persons are in the room. The hotel will work with students who wish to room together.  Lynette Fuente is the person to contact at 305-667-5611 extension #7803. The group booking code is UM Honor Band. The deadline for securing lodging is March 1, 2017. Copy and paste the link below into your browser.

If you have any questions, please contact either Charles Damon ( or Christian Noon ( We look forward to seeing you on the University of Miami campus at the end of March!

Weekend Itinerary

Friday March 31 2017
 7:15 Registration
8:00 - 11:00 Auditions (Studios)
10:00 - 11:00 Directors Clinic (Gusman)
11:00 - 12:00 Meeting/Seating (Gusman)
Stamps Recital
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch on campus
1:00 - 2:15 Rehearsal 1 (Gusman, Fillmore, Greene)
2:30 - 3:30 Masterclass (Various locations)
3:30 - 5:30 Rehearsal 2 (Gusman, Fillmore, Greene)
5:30 - 6:30 Dinner on campus
6:30 - 8:30 Rehearsal 3 (Gusman, Fillmore, Greene)

Saturday April 1 2017
9:00 - 12:00 Rehearsal 4 (Gusman, Fillmore, Greene)
9:00 – 10:30 Green in Gusman
10:30 – 12:00 Orange in Gusman
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch on campus
1:30 - 3:15 Rehearsal 5 (Gusman, Fillmore, Greene)
FHBWE in Gusman
3:15 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 5:00 Frost Wind Ensemble Concert (Gusman)
5:00 Dinner on Campus
Change into concert attire
6:00 FHBWE warm up on stage
6:15 FHBWE Concert
 OCB Warm Up in Greene
GCB in Gusman Audience
6:45 OCB moves to Gusman
GCB moves to Fillmore
7:00 OCB Concert
FHBWE in Audience
GCB Warm Up in Fillmore
7:30 GCB moves to Gusman
7:45 GCB Concert
FHBWE in Audience
OCB in Audience


Frost School of Music
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248165
Coral Gables, FL 33124
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Concerts, Saturday April 1, 2017
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
University of Miami
4:00PM Frost Wind Ensemble
6:15PM Frost Honor Band Wind Ensemble
7:00PM Orange Concert Band
7:45PM Green Concert Band

2017 Frost Honor Band Audition Excerpts:

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Bass clarinet
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Euphonium (Bass Clef)
  • Euphonium (Treble Clef)
  • Percussion