Honor Ensembles
Honor Ensembles

Honor Ensembles

Honor Ensembles at the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha

Music for All presents three positively life-changing honor ensemble experiences for the nation’s outstanding high school concert band, orchestra and jazz musicians. As part of the Music for All National Festival, the honor ensembles provide a national stage and world-class learning and performance opportunities with distinguished conductors, artists and master teachers.

Music for All National Festival
March 8-11, 2017, Indianapolis, IN
March 9-12, 2016, Indianapolis, IN

How to Apply

Click the "Apply Now" button below to learn more about the audition requirements and deadlines for each ensemble, and to apply online. Online application is preferred; if you are unable to apply online you can download the paper application forms here.

Honor Band of America

Since its inception in 1992, the Honor Band of America has earned a national reputation as one of the nation’s finest student concert honor bands. With the opportunity to rehearse and perform with renowned conductors and world-class guest artists, to premiere new commissioned works for concert band and perform for a “dream audience" of outstanding high school musicians and educators from across the country, the Honor Band of America is a “must" for the finest young musicians.
2017 Conductor: Michael Colburn, Director of Bands, Butler University
2016 Conductor: Richard Floyd, State Director of Music (ret.), University of Texas at Austin Music Director, Austin Symphonic Band


Honor Orchestra of America

The Honor Orchestra of America provides a truly "positively life-changing experience" for outstanding string players, orchestral winds and percussion. Presented in cooperation with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Honor Orchestra of America performs two shared concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as part of their Subscription Series, at Hilbert Circle Theatre.
2017 Conductor: Col. Lowell Graham, Director of Orchestral Activities, University of Texas at El Paso
2016 Conductor and Music Director: Larry J. Livingston, Chair, Conducting Department Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California



Jazz Band of America

Music for All’s tradition of outstanding national honor ensembles showcasing the finest high school musicians includes the Jazz Band of America. The Jazz Band of America is comprised of high school musicians, selected by recorded audition. The Jazz Band of America is recognized as one of the top honor ensembles for young musicians in the nation, with a prestigious legacy and reputation for the highest level of excellence. Many members of the Jazz Band of America are also selected for the GRAMMY® jazz bands.

2017 Conductor: Michael Tomaro, Director of Jazz Studies, Duquesne University
2016 Conductor: Michael Philip Mossman, Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Yamaha Performing Artist