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All-District Honor Band
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Directors should encourage their talented high school students to apply for the 24th Annual All-District Honor Band Festival.  The All-District Bands provide an excellent opportunity for your students to have their talents recognized, perform with other outstanding young musicians and work with highly respected music educators and conductors.  The festival rehearsal will be Saturday, November 19 and the concert will be Sunday, November 19. The 2023 coordinator is Thomas Wilson, from Bloomington High School North.


Directors begin the application process by registering for the All-District event and receive a computer-generated event code for their school. Students in grade nine through twelve are eligible to apply.  Ninth grade students may apply for either All-Region or All-District but not both. All schools submitting applications will have at least one student selected for the organization.  Students may submit online applications from August 19 through September 8.  Selected members must attend the full rehearsal schedule and concert.  Students should not apply if they cannot make that commitment.  When the student application window closes, directors will have one week to complete the recommendations for each student from his/her school.  Late entries will only be accepted with a $50.00 late fee, provided that the selection process has not begun at your site.

Selection Process

Band directors from each area will serve on the selection committee responsible for choosing their respective All-District Honor Band.  Contact the site host if you are interested in volunteering your services.  Please be accurate and specific when completing the student’s recommendation.Directors will rank students by instrument section and complete an overall ranking of all students recommended.  The electronic recommendation is the only criteria used for selection.  The application must be complete or it will be discarded.  Each school is guaranteed to have at least one student selected for participation.


Each student selected for participation will pay a $35.00 registration fee on Saturday morning November 18.  All students selected for the band will receive a commemorative patch.  Each site will also have lunch available for a nominal fee.  Directors should contact the site host to volunteer to help with selections and sectionals.


Directors should also make sure each of their selected students is prepared to play all the music sent to them.  Saturday morning is not the time to work on notes and rhythms.  Please prepare your students!

2023 All-District Honor Band Schedule

(Students grades 9 – 12 are eligible for this group.)
Ninth grade students may apply for either All-District or All-Region but not both.

Tuesday, August 19
Online applications open.
Friday, September 8
Online applications close at 11:59 PM EST.
Director window opens to allow recommendations to be added to student applications and a summary form completed.
Saturday, September 16
Director access to student applications closes at 11:59 PM EST.
Friday, October 6
Site hosts mail selection notification and music to participating schools.
Saturday, November 18
8:30 – 9:00 AM - Registration ($35 fee per student)
9:00 – 12:00 - Sectionals / Full Rehearsal
12:00 – 1:00 PM - Lunch (The site host will collect a fee for a provided lunch.)
1:00 – 4:30 - Sectionals / Full Rehearsal
Sunday, November 19
2:00 – 3:00 PM - Dress Rehearsal
4:00 – 4:45 - Concert

Festival Sites and Hosts

Northwest (central time): Kankakee Valley – Nicholas Boersma
Northwest (eastern time): Plymouth High School – Bryan Ames
Northeast: DeKalb High School (Waterloo) – Shanna Lank
Central Northwest – Western Boone Jr./Sr. High School (Thorntown) – Leslie Baker
Central Northeast: New Castle High School – Jonathon Edwards
Central Southeast: Shelbyville High School – Allison Anderson
Central West: Northview H.S. (Brazil) – Dominic Thompson
South Central: Bedford-North Lawrence High School – Jim Jones
Southwest: Vincennes University – Susie Jackson
Southeast: Jeffersonville High School – Adam Miller
Future All-District Honor Band Dates
November 23 & 24, 2024
November 22 & 23, 2025
November 21 & 22, 2026
November 20 & 21, 2027
November 18 & 19, 2028
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