GMU Honor Band 2018

Join us for the 2018 George Mason University Honor Band Festival!

Thursday, November 29th – Saturday, December 1st


The Mason Honor Band Festival is a wonderful opportunity for talented young musicians to visit our campus, meet our students and work with our acclaimed university faculty. For two days, participants will have the chance to play great wind band repertoire, participate in master classes and sectionals with mason faculty, and learn more about the college music experience. Overall program highlights include:

  • Honor band, led by Mason faculty Mark Camphouse, Denny Stokes and John Kilkenny
  • Sectionals and master classes with Mason music faculty
  • Side by side performance opportunities with Mason music students
  • College audition prep sessions and Q/A session with admissions staff and music ambassador team
  • Scholarship audition opportunity**



  • All wind band students from all public and private high schools who participate in their school’s band program may register for participation in the honor band. Other students must first contact the Honor Band Festival Coordinator for approval. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS Friday, November 2, 2018.
  • Applications are admitted on a rolling basis, based on the quality of the application and the needs of the honor band. In order to receive full consideration, please submit your application on or before Friday November 2nd, 2018. Applications posted after that date will be admitted only if there is an opening in the section



  • Step 1: Please pay your $25.00 (per student) application fee here
    • Select the “GMU Honor Band” category and follow the prompts
    • Deposits to the 2018 Mason Honor Band festival are nonrefundable. Please do not submit an application unless you intend on participating in the honor band. Once a section is full, applications for that area will be closed.
  • Step 2: Please fill out the registration application here
    • Included in the application is the requirement of an audition video. It will ask for the link to an unlisted YouTube video no more than 5 minutes in length of you playing an etude, solo, or district, regional, or state audition piece.


Other details:

  • Housing options are available on the admissions website, or by clicking ( Any student staying overnight must be accompanied by a parent or approved guardian. Overnight housing permission forms will be sent after submitting an application
  • **Students may audition for scholarship to George Mason University during the honor band festival. In order to be considered for scholarship, you must have a completed university admissions application on file. To submit an application, click HERE


For further information contact the Festival Coordinator, John Kilkenny, at


Tentative Event Schedule:

Thursday, November 29th

5:00pm-5:30pm – Check-in

deLaski Performing Arts Building Rm. 3001

5:30pm-7:30pm – Seating Placement Auditions

Music/Theater Building

7:30pm-9:30pm – Honor Band Event

deLaski Rm. 3001

Friday, November 30th

8:30am-12:00pm – Honor Band rehearsal

deLaski Rm. 3001

11:30am-12:30pm – Lunch (not provided)*

1:00pm-2:45pm – Honor Band rehearsal

deLaski Rm. 3001

3:00pm-4:15pm – Sectionals

4:30pm-6:00pm – Honor Band rehearsal w/ faculty side-by-side

deLaski Rm. 3001

6:00pm-7:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – Mason Faculty/Student Showcase Performance

Saturday, December 1st

9:00am-12:00pm – Honor Band rehearsal

Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

12:00pm-1:00pm – Lunch (not provided)*

1:00pm-1:30pm – Change for performance

Backstage, Center for the Arts

1:30pm-2:00pm – Call time/Warm-up

Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

2:00pm-4:00pm – Public performance FREE

Concert Hall, Center for the Arts


*Students should bring a bag lunch, or money to buy lunch from the student center

Students are required to attend all rehearsals and the final performance in their entirety.


Meet the Conductors:

Prof. Mark Camphouse

Prof. John Kilkenny

Prof. Denny Stokes