2017 OBDC High School Honor Band

Dec. 1 - 2, 2017

Each year, The University of Akron Bands hosts an honor band for high school band students as part of the Ohio Band Directors Conference.  Audition requirements for the band include a Class A or B OMEA Solo as well as scale requirements – see below.  For those students auditioning for the OMEA All-State Band, submitting a recording of those excerpts is also acceptable.


Audition Deadline: Postmarked no later than October 20, 2017.  Early submissions, prior to end of Spring 2017 are acceptable.
Audition Format: Compact Disc or upload audition recordings to a site such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc. and supply the link to that recording on the registration document.

Students who wish to send in a physical recording must do so on a CD – with name and instrument clearly marked -- and send it to:

The University of Akron Bands
157 University Ave.
OBDC Honor Band Audition
Akron, OH  44325-1002

Audition Requirements:

  • Each student must announce his/her name and instrument clearly at the beginning of the recording.
  • Once complete they should then record the following scales (see Scale Requirements  below) and a Class A or B solo from the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Required List—please announce the title and composer of the solo work. 
  • Percussionists are required to record a Class A or B snare solo (rudimental OR concert is acceptable), and a xylophone OR marimba solo (no accompaniment required)—please announce the title and composer for each solo work. 
  • Percussionists are also encouraged, but not required, to record a timpani etude: choose any ONE of the four-drum etudes from Saul Goodman’s Modern Method for Timpani.


FLUTE: D major scale—3 octaves to high B—slurred.
OBOE: B major and Db major scales—2 octaves—slurred.
BASSOON: Bb chromatic scale—3 octaves—slurred.
CLARINET: Eb major scale—2 octaves—slurred.
SAXOPHONE: Bb major scale—2 octaves—tongued.
FRENCH HORN: F major scale—2 octaves—slurred.
TRUMPET: C major scale—2 octaves—slurred.
TROMBONE/EUPH: Bb major scale—2 octaves—tongued.
BASS TROMBONE: Bb major scale—2 octaves—tongued.
TUBA: Ab major scale—2 octaves—tongued.
PERCUSSION: No scales required

After the initial screening of applicants, all students will receive notification of their status in early November.  Those students selected to the OBDC Honor Band will receive chair-placement audition materials, and additional information about the schedule via mail.  A $25 fee for administrative costs is required for participation, and can be paid during the OBDC Honor Band registration when students arrive on campus in December.

Start the application

Honor Band Schedule

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

8 a.m. School of Music Scholarship Audition
Registration – Guzzetta Hall Atrium
8:15 a.m.

School of Music Scholarship Auditions
Woodwinds – Room 141 / Brass – Room 05 / Percussion - Room 30
Theory/Piano Placement Exams for
Scholarship Audition Students:
 - Piano Exam: Room 363 (Professor Kikuchi's Office)
 - Theory Exam: Room 385 (Computer Lab)

9 a.m. OBDC Honor Band Members
NOT auditioning for the School of Music 
Registration – Guzzetta Hall Atrium
9:15 a.m. Faculty Introductions
Guzzetta Recital Hall
9:30 a.m.

Chair Placement Auditions – OBDC Honor Band
Flute – 356
Oboe – 361
Bassoon – 381
Clarinet – 358
Saxophone – 370
Trumpet – 382
French Horn – 374
Trombone – 380
Tuba/Euphonium/Bass – 384
Percussion – 30

11 a.m. Lunch – Rob’s Dining Hall
Noon - 3 p.m. OBDC Honor Band – Rehearsal
Guzzetta Recital Hall
3 - 4:30 p.m. Sectionals with UA Applied Faculty
Flute – 05
Oboe – 135
Bassoon – 304
Clarinet – TBA
Saxophone – 265
Trumpet – 147
French Horn – 149
Trombone – 119
Tuba/Euphonium – 142
Percussion – GRH
4:30 p.m. Dinner – Rob’s Dining Hall
5:15 - 7:15 p.m. OBDC Honor Band – Rehearsal
7:30 p.m. UA Applied Faculty Recital
Guzzetta Recital Hall
8:30 p.m. Dismissed - Large Instruments Stored in UA Band Office

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

8 a.m. Report to The University of Akron
Guzzetta Recital Hall
8:15 - 11:45 a.m. OBDC Honor Band – Rehearsal

Lunch – on your own
The University of Akron Student Union
Storage of Instruments / Belongings - Room 307

1:30 p.m. Attend UA Symphonic Band Concert
Student Union Ballroom
2:30 p.m. OBDC Honor Band – Dress Rehearsal (Closed to Public)
Student Union Ballroom
3:30 p.m. OBDC Honor Band – Final Concert
Student Union Ballroom - FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
4:45 p.m. Dismissed