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High School Honor Band Festival


The NEIBA High School Honor Band Festival is held annually on the first Saturday in December, in conjunction with the Middle School Honor Band Festival .  The High School Honor Bands consist of two identical 125-member Concert Bands, the King Band and the Sousa Band, with students selected from approximately 60 schools across NE Iowa.  Students are nominated by Band Directors and selected by a panel of educators who take into consideration their participation in All-State Auditions, previous accomplishments, and solo/private study.  Each school is guaranteed their top-ranked student to ensure participation from all schools that are interested.  Students who are selected for participation in All-State are not eligible for the NEIBA Honor Bands.  Upon arrival at the festival, woodwind and brass sections complete a Chair Placement Audition while the percussionists have a sectional with their conductor.

In 2016, a total of 415 students were nominated from 59 different schools for a total of 249 spots.  Just over 50% of those nominations were students who auditioned for All-State.

The 2017 Honor Band Festival will take place on Saturday, December 2, at Oelwein High School.  The guest conductors for this year are:  Mr. Jerry Luckhardt (University of Minnesota) and Dr. Erin Bodnar (Graceland University).

For more information, contact High School Honor Band Chair – Deron Jimmerson – at (319) 848-5340 x2073, or djimmerson@crprairie.org
Nominations are now being accepted (and due Wednesday, October 25th). Please see the email sent from NEIBA on Wed, October 9th, 2017 for a link to submit nominations.
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NEIBA Secretary,
Aug 23, 2016, 6:26 PM
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NEIBA Secretary,
Dec 1, 2017, 4:03 PM