Frost Honor Bands Festival

The Department of Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music sponsors the prestigious and exhilarating Frost Honor Bands Festival each year during the month of February.  The Frost Honor Band Festival brings 180 talented high school instrumentalists from the State of Florida to the Frost School of Music campus for two-days of rehearsals, master classes by Frost School artist faculty, and a final concert.

A prominent conductor from the ranks of the finest university wind band conductors comes each year to guest conduct the Honor Wind Ensemble, Honor Symphonic Band, and Frost Wind Ensemble.  The final concert is presented to a full house in Maurice Gusman Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Miami.

Invitation and Application Process:

November: Band directors throughout the State of Florida are invited to recommend high school students for the Honor Band Festival during the month of October.

December: An application is completed by the student, signed by their director, and returned to the Frost Honor Bands Festival Office. Deadline for applications is December 19, 2014.

December: Directors are notified of decisions regarding participation.

February: During a weekend in February, two full days of activities take place for selected students, including part and chair placement auditions, full ensemble rehearsals, and instrumental clinics by the artist faculty of the Frost School. All of these activities are open to directors.

There are two performing groups, a 52-member Festival Wind ensemble and a 100-member Festival Symphonic Band, conducted by outstanding guest conductors from across the country and from the Frost School of Music. The culminating event is a concert on Saturday evening.

For further information about the Frost Honors Band Festival, please contact
Frost School of Music
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248165
Coral Gables, FL 33124
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Concert, Saturday February 14th, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
University of Miami
$5 admission charge


Guest Conductor, Catherine Rands
Director of Bands
University of Southern Mississippi

Guest Conductor, Timothy Shade
Director of Instrumental Music
Bethel College


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