Frost Honor Band Festival

The Department of Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music sponsors the prestigious and exhilarating Frost Honor Band Festival during the month of March.  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.

Invitation and Application Process:

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

December: An application is completed by their director, and returned to the Frost Honor Bands Festival Office. Deadline for applications is December 18, 2015.

January: Directors are notified of decisions regarding participation.

March: During a weekend in March, 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 THREE performing groups, a 60 member Festival Wind ensemble and two 100-member Festival Bands, 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 Honor Band Festival, please contact
Frost School of Music
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248165
Coral Gables, FL 33124
e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Concerts, Saturday March 12th, 2016
Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
University of Miami
Admission is FREE!!

Guest Conductor, Allan McMurray
Emeritus, Professor of Conducting
University of Colorado-Boulder College of Music

Guest Conductor, Cindy Berry
Emeritus, Director of Bands
Lake Brantley High School


2016 Frost Honor Band Audition Excerpts:

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