Honor Bands

Wayne State University Honor Band Day

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

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Wayne State University is pleased to invite your finest students to participate in the annual Honor Band Day which will be held on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. This daylong event will take place on the campus of Wayne State University. Featured will be the WSU Middle School Honor Band and the High School Honor Band. Your students will have many enriching experiences as they work with master conductors, attend special clinics presented by music education students and faculty from the Department of Music, and perform in a gala concert at the end of the day.

Honor Band Day is a public service of the Wayne State University Department of Music. There is no participation fee.

The Middle School Honor Band will be conducted by David Cleveland, former Director of Bands at Grosse Pointe North High School. Membership in the Middle School Honor Band is for students in grades 7-8. 

Conducting the High School Honor Band will be Professor Douglas Bianchi, Director of Bands, Wayne State University. In addition to his duties at Wayne State University, Professor Bianchi is also the conductor of the International Symphony Orchestra and of the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. As such, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that your students will enjoy and appreciate. Membership in the High School Honor Band is for students in grades 9-12.

Selection of participants in the Honor Bands will be based on the recommendation and assessment of their band director. Directors can nominate up to 7 students comprised up of 3 woodwind students, 3 brass students, and 1 percussion student (who should be proficient on several percussion instruments.)  Please use your alto saxophone nominations sparingly.


How to Nominate Students

The nomination process is easy and can be done online. Follow this link to the Honor Band Nomination Form:


Director Nomination ONLY
Student Nominations Will Not Be Accepted


At the Honor Band Day website, complete the form by providing your student's contact information, instrument, musical accomplishment, and your confidential assessment.


To be considered, nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019. Students selected for the Honor Band will be notified the following week of their selection. At that time, parents and students will receive detailed information about the day's schedule—where to park, what to bring, and other information. We kindly request that you only nominate students who can make the commitment for the entire day.

Honor Band Day Schedule

The Middle School Honor Band registration is open at 8:30 a.m. The morning rehearsal will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2402, Old Main, 4841 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. The day will conclude with a concert (open to the public) at 5:00 p.m. in the Ballroom in the Student Center, 5221 Gullen Mall, located in the heart of the Wayne State University campus.

The High School Honor Band registration is open at 8:30 a.m. The morning rehearsal will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Student Center, 5221 Gullen Mall. The final rehearsal will end at 4:00 pm. At that time, high school students will be dismissed to meet their parents for dinner and to change into their concert attire. High school students will report to the Student Center Ballroom at 6:00 pm. for warm-up. The high school honor band concert will begin at 7:00 pm. in the Student Center Ballroom.

With such an early date, the WSU Honor Band Day is definitely an "early-bird" musical event. What better way is there to energize your students than to have them participate in a great day of music making! Thank you for encouraging your students to participate in this year's event. We would especially like to invite any students considering a career in music, as well as students considering attending WSU in the future.

Contact information:

Phone: (313) 577-1795