School of Fine and Performing Arts

Honor Band: Middle and High School

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About the Honor Band Festival

February 15–17, 2024

The Wright State University Honor Band Festival is an event hosted at Wright State University that includes two high school concert bands, a middle school concert band, a high school jazz band, and a day of professional development for band directors. Participating students will work with two conductors, play in side-by-side rehearsals with Wright State music faculty and music majors, attend masterclasses given by Wright State faculty, and perform a concert on the Saturday of the festival.  

The professional development day will include six hours of workshops and clinics given by the honor band conductors and Wright State faculty.

The weekend also includes an opportunity for participating high school seniors to audition for acceptance into the Wright State School of Fine and Performing Arts. In addition, a music scholarship will be awarded to one auditioning senior at the Saturday concert.

2024 Information Letter to Directors/Parents/Students (DOCX)

Final Letter to Students/Parents/Directors

2024 Honor Band Conductors

Catherine Abner

Director of Instrumental and Choral Activities, Valley View Local Schools
Catherine Keener Abner has enjoyed a career as a band director, choir director, and professional musician for the past 23 years in the Greater Dayton Area.

Amy Acklin

Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands
Dr. Amy Acklin serves as Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Louisville.

Josclynn Garrison

Director of Bands, Mount St. Joseph University
Josclynn Garrison is the Director of Bands at Mount St. Joseph University and is a bassoonist with the Cincinnati Wind Band.

Sarah Herbert

Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Jazz, Western Kentucky University
Dr. Sarah Herbert directs the Western Kentucky University Trumpet Ensemble and Jazz Band.

Student Nomination Form

Music Directors and Private Teachers may nominate up to 8 students for each of the bands indicated below. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, December 5, 2023.

Festival Schedule

Festival Music

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Concert Programs

The Wright State Honor Band Concerts will have both in-person and live-streaming options for friends and family members.

Live-streaming will be available on our Facebook page.

2023 Concert Programs


Directions, Parking, and Accessibility

If you need a parking pass, please email Bill Jobert at

Registration and Waiver for Honor Band

Please pay the registration fee only if you have been notified that you are accepted for the Honor Band.

All participants must complete the waiver form (PDF). Download and complete this form and bring it with you to the festival.

Hotel Accommodations

Any hotel reservations are to be made by the director or student’s guardians. You may request university discount rates at the Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn or Tru Hotel by Hilton. View Local Hotel Rates.

Honor Band Scholarship Winners


Elijah Grubb
Kettering, OH

Abigail Larson
Bellbrook, OH


Kylie Bayless
Wimington, OH

Honor Band Conductors Archive


Richard Saucedeo
Carmel High School, IN (emeritus)

Kyle Young
Carmel High School, IN

Dr. Matthew Warner
Rapid Run Middle School – Cincinnati, OH


Dr. Clifford N. Towner
Georgia College, GA

John Seaton
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, NV

Ben Streitenberger
Washington Court House Middle School, OH

2020 Honor Band Photo Gallery

2022 Honor Band Photo Gallery


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