Honor Band Information

If your name is not on one of the lists below, please meet one of the Samford volunteers by the posted audition listings in the Brock lobby or Wright Center lobby at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, January 10.

High School Chair Placement Results for Honor Band 2014 (updated Thursday, January 9, at 8:24 p.m.)

Middle School Chair Placement Results for Honor Band 2014 (updated Thursday, January 9, at 8:24 p.m.)


January 9-11, 2014

The Audition Process consists of the following:

  • One short sight reading exercise
  • Selected scales (determined by the instrumental judge)--more than likely the scales will be within the first three sharp and flat scales
  • One short prepared exercise.  The prepared piece will be the first Alabama All-State exercise for this year. 

**Samford Honor Band Concert Attire is your band uniform.  If you do not have a band uniform, or are unable to bring your uniform for any reason, dress clothes will be acceptable.  Students are welcome to wear any medals from previous honor bands, etc.**


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jim Smisek at jjsmisek@samford.edu.

Important Information for Participants

Make your travel plans now.  Housing arrangements and chaperoning are your responsibility.  In many cases, band directors will be attending and will provide transportation and chaperoning, but still be sure to confirm your specific travel arrangements.

Send in the Confirmation Form and a $65 check (with the student's full name and school in the "for" blank) as soon as possible.  This amount will include three meals, a master class, and an honor band T-shirt.  (Please note that Samford Honor Band does not provide medals.)  Make checks or money orders payable to Samford University Bands.  We ask that you postmark your confirmation form no later than Monday, December 9, 2013.

Please download the tentative schedule here.  (Updated October 10, 2013)

ALL HONOR BAND PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING A WIRE MUSIC STAND.  Please label your stand before Honor Band weekend.  Please plan to bring all necessary musical equipment including extra reeds, mutes for brass instruments, all sticks and mallets for percussionists, etc.

CONCERT ATTIRE is your band uniform.  If for any reason you can not bring your band uniform to Honor Band, dress clothes will be acceptable.  Students are welcome to wear any medals they have acquired throughout their musical career.

Band Director Letter

October 5, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to inform you about the Eighth Annual Samford University Honor Band on January 9-11, 2014.  This year we will have two Middle School Honor Bands and two High School Honor Bands!  Here are some details about what we are working to accomplish: 

  • Each band will consist of approximately 100 students whom you recommend as the top musicians within your programs. 
  • The event will take place in our beautiful Brock Hall facilities that include our rehearsal hall and recital hall and our 2800-seat Wright Center Auditorium. 
  • The cost for each honor band participant is $65.  This will include three meals, a masterclass, and an honor band t-shirt. 
  • Included with this letter is the application, waiver form, schedule, director ranking form, confirmation form and honor band poster. 

1.  NEW THIS YEAR!  The Most Outstanding Musician from the High School Blue Band (as selected by the conductor, Dr. Smisek) will be awarded a $2,500 Honor Band Scholarship to be used toward tuition and academic fees for music degree study at Samford University.  

2.  Collect applications and waiver forms from your students and place them in rank order, the most outstanding musicians first.  Please mail all applications and waiver forms together. 

3.  Applications must be postmarked by November 22, 2013.

4.  A list of accepted applicants will be placed on the honor band website (www.samford.edu/honorband) in early December.  We will also email directors the acceptance results. 

5.  If your students have been accepted and will be attending please have them fill out the confirmation form (also found on website) and send in payment postmarked no later than Monday, December 9

6.  Chair placement auditions will begin Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. and the first rehearsal will be Friday morning.  The audition will consist of selected scales, a short sight-reading exercise and the prepared piece.  (The prepared piece is the first Alabama All-State exercise for your instrument.)

7.  More information including all forms are available online: www.samford.edu/honorband

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to working with you and your students in the near future. 


Dr. James J. Smisek
Director of Bands


Forms for Students

Forms for Band Directors

If you have any questions regarding the Samford University Honor Band, please contact Dr. Jim Smisek at jjsmisek@samford.edu