State Honor Bands

  1. About
  2. Archives from Past Honor Bands
  3. State Selection Process
  4. State Audition Materials
  5. State 6-8 Honor Band Information
  6. State 9-10 Honor Band Information


The Minnesota Band Directors Association sponsors two honor bands annually, one comprised of students in grades 6, 7 and 8, and another comprised of students in grades 9 and 10. The MBDA Honor Bands provide the opportunity for select students from across the state of Minnesota to immerse themselves in an invigorating environment of music-making under the direction of a distinguished guest conductor.
Interested students apply by completing an application and submitting a recorded audition. A committee of qualified adjudicators scores each audition tape against an agreed upon set of standards, ensuring that a consistent standard of excellence is used in assessing each applicant.


State Honor Bands

State Selection Process

Students in grades 6-10 must be members of the school band program during the year of audition and have directors who are presently paid members of MBDA. Recordings will not be listened to if MBDA membership is not current as of November 1st. Students are selected based on a recorded audition. These auditions are evaluated by qualified music educators. While there is an emphasis on selecting the highest scoring students, each school is limited to no more than eight (8) students per band (typically each MBDA Honor Band consists of  approximately 80 students). Instrumentation is determined by the needs of the guest conductor and by the musical demands of the selected literature. The ranking given to the student by the school director is consulted only when the audition score, instrumentation, and school participant limit are in conflict. It is the intent of MBDAto represent as many schools across the state as possible while functioning within the stated guidelines.
Participation in the MBDA Honor Bands is earned by:
A successful audition; and
A commitment to attend all scheduled Honor Band Activities.

Any participant who is absent from a scheduled Honor Band activity (ie: rehearsal, sectional, meal, break time, etc.) other than in a case of severe illness or unforeseen emergency, shall forfeit their place in the Honor Band and be asked to hand in their folder before being dismissed.
Advance notice of irresolvable conflicts will allow another student to be placed from the list of alternates. Participants must resolve all outside conflicts and commit to all Honor Band activities.
Participants who forfeit their place may be denied consideration for MBDA Honor Bands in future years.

2018-19 State Honor Band Audition Materials
Band Directors:  To obtain 2018-19 audition materials, please log into your MBDA account and visit the left hand navigation--members area.  The last item in that menu is Audition Materials 2018-19.    Access to this item is granted to members in good standing - members who have paid membership dues for the current year following July 1st.  You must be a current member of MBDA to obtain these documents.  Remember - membership must be current as of Nov. 1, 2018 for students to be considered for the MBDA state honor band. 

The 2018-2019 MBDA Honor Band is an opportunity for talented young musicians from across Minnesota to join together in the performance of quality concert band literature. Both the rehearsals and performance will take place that will be announced soon. The band will rehearse from approximately 8:30am to 8:00pm on Saturday, April 6 and rehearse starting at approximately 12:00pm and perform a concert on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00pm. Exact times will be provided upon acceptance. Please have students check their calendars BEFORE submitting auditions as attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory.

Students must be involved in their MN school band program during the year of audition and have MN directors who are current, paid members of MBDA by November 1, 2018. Students are selected based on ability, but each school is limited to a maximum of eight students. It is the intent of MBDA to represent as many schools across Minnesota as possible each year.

All student auditions must be submitted via mp3 recording. 
The window for submitting auditions online is November 26-December 3, 2018.

Directions for MP3 submissions:

1. Log into your MBDA Band Director Account. Only band directors are eligible to submit auditions. If you are a parent or student, please inquire with your director.
2. Fill out the "SHB Nomination Form" for your student, under Members Menu.
3. Submit mp3 files for your students' auditions and verify they are correct files. If you do not see a link for Audition Submissions, ensure that your dues are current. If in doubt, email
4. Provide students the submission code to make their payment for the audition submission. Payments can be made here: Payments can be made through December 10, 2018 for the SHB Audition window.

Director rankings will be completed online at the time of submission. Directors - please be sure your membership is paid and current (The membership year begins on July 1st). Band director MBDA memberships must be paid and current by November 1, 2018 or auditions will NOT be accepted.
Notification of acceptance and music will be sent to directors in February 2019. If selected for the MBDA 6-8 or 9-10 Grade State Honor Band, students will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and activities on April 6 and 7, 2019. A participation fee of $65.00 per student will cover expenses, including the cost of lunch and dinner on Saturday and a t-shirt. Parents are responsible for transportation, lodging, and supervision at all other times during the Honor Band weekend.

2018-19 SHB Location:

Shakopee High School
100 17th Ave W
Shakopee, MN 55379 


For questions, please email Matt Bauer ( ) for grades 6-8 
or Beth Claybaugh for grades 9-10.


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