Honor Band

Granite Bay Musicians can audition for any/all of the three OPTIONAL Honor Bands:

 Capitol Section (mea-cs.org/honor-groups/)

 All Northern (ncbaonline.net)

 All State (cbda.org/honor-band/)

 Honor Band gives musicians a chance to work with different composers/conductors and to play music with other high-achieving musicians. It's an incredible, fun experience for students who want to learn and grow. Honor Band participation also looks great on college applications!

 In 2017, Granite Bay had 21 students in the Capitol Section Honor Band, 5 students in All Northern, and 3 students in the All State Honor Band.

 Mrs. Lewis and the auditions coordinator will share information with students as the 2018 Honor Band season gets closer.


Honor Band forms can be found on Charms.    Charms Login

How the Honor Band process works:

  1. You print the scales off of the website and order/find the solo piece music for your instrument.    I highly recommend that you get the exact same music book and publisher that the CBDA website is stating.  They’re very particular about articulation and different editors may take different liberties with interpretation.  Typically, JWPepper has a link from the cbda website to help you order the correct music on-line.  Northridge Music in Citrus Heights is also very helpful.
  2. You practice your music for a long time!
  3. You determine which honor bands you want to audition for.  Last year, we had 3 different opportunities that included Capital Section Honor Band (in Sacramento), All-Northern Honor Band (in Stockton) and All-State Honor Band (in Fresno).  It appears that All-State Honor Orchestra will again be available during All-State Honor Band and the wind auditions may be considered for both as was done last year. The Band Director has responsibilities for each of these events (i.e., listening to audition CD’s or participating in seating auditions, etc…) in addition to a financial cost for the school. 
    • Another note to remember when choosing which honor bands to apply for is in reference to your calendar. Students typically must miss 1 – 2 days of school for each event to participate. Overnight venues will have additional hotel and meal expenses/fees to cover. Local events like Capital Section will have additional evening rehearsals. If you make it into the Honor Band, you are expected to participate so don’t take this decision too lightly!
  4. Recording: You set up a recording solution that works best for you. All-State Honor Band and All-Northern Honor Band only accept CD’s. Capital Section Honor Band accepts cassette tapes as well. If you do not have a recording solution at home, please contact Mrs. Lewis for help or ask one of your classmates.
  5. The recording requirements are identical for All-State and All-Northern. Cap Section is a subset of the same music and sometimes requires voice introduction on the recording which is different than All-State and All-Northern. you can review the recording instructions on each website.
  6. Finalize all of your audition CD’s, fill out all forms (separate for each honor group off of separate websites), and write a check to the EBSO for the sum of all of your auditions. Typically, each honor band that you choose to audition for charges anywhere from $35 - $45. Cap Section typically offers a portion to be refunded if the student does not make it in. All-State and All-Northern are non-refundable. Please see Mrs. Lewis for financial assistance if needed.
  7. Turn in all forms and check to Mrs. Lewis by Tuesday, *November 18th . I will take them all to Mr. McGuire for his signature in one group.
  8. We mail in the final envelopes that are due postmarked by December 1st with a prayer and a song!

Results are usually made available either through Mrs. Lewis, on-line, or by direct mailings to your home address within 3 weeks to 2 months depending on the timing of the venue.