Established in 2012, the Ohio State Middle School Honor Band Festival annually provides the opportunity for outstanding musicians in seventh and eighth grades to be nominated by their band directors for involvement in the one-day event. Students who are selected take part in one of four 90-piece concert bands—two 7th Grade Honor Bands and two 8th Grade Honor Bands. Each honor band rehearses and performs with the festival guest composer as well as their dedicated conductor. This year’s special guest is composer William Owens!
The University received nearly 900 individual nominations from across three states. From this, 385 students were selected for participation to represent 135 different middle schools that submitted nominations. The Ohio State University coordinator states that they are delighted to bring student musicians from so many schools together in the spirit of music and learning! They will also have the distinct honor of working with famed composer and instrumental music expert William Owens. The day will consist of a very rigorous schedule of rehearsals, educational sessions, a performance by one of the OSU bands, and a performance of each honors band with Mr. Owens conducting!