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University of West Florida High School Honor Band

The UWF Honor Band offers a premier musical experience for high school students in the Florida Panhandle and surrounding areas.

Dr. Brittan Braddock is the assistant professor of Music Education and UWF director of bands.

Second Annual UWF High School Honor Band

Thank you for your interest in the University of West Florida 2022 High School Honor Band! The purpose of the UWF Honor Band is to provide a premier musical experience for students in the Panhandle and surrounding region. During the UWF honor band weekend, students will participate in masterclasses with UWF instrumental faculty, rehearse and perform with 80 talented high school musicians, collaborate with world class conductors, and experience all that UWF and Pensacola has to offer! This experience will culminate in a concert performance at the Saenger Theatre!

Our guest conductor for the 2020 UWF High School Honor Band will be Dr. Jack Stamp, Director of Bands Emeritus from Indiana University of Pennsylvania


The sectionals, rehearsals, and performance will take place at the University of West Florida and at the Saenger Theatre. Please check the schedule closely. Check-in at UWF will begin on Friday, February 25 at 8:30am followed by the first rehearsal at 9:00am. 

Friday 2/25 at UWF Center for the Fine and Performing Arts
8:30am HS Registration in the Lobby of CFPA
9:00am Rehearsal #1 on the Mainstage 
11:00am Break for Lunch (pizza provided)
12:00pm Sectionals/Masterclasses with UWF Faculty
2:00pm Rehearsal #2 on the Mainstage 
4:00pm UWF Campus Tour
5:00pm Dinner (YOYO)
7:30pm The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (optional theatre performance)
Saturday 2/26 at The Saenger Theatre, Downtown Pensacola
9:00am HS Rehearsal #3 at Saenger Theatre
11:30am HS Break for lunch (YOYO Downtown Pensacola)
11:30am-12:00pm Set up for Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal 
12:00pm UWF Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal
1:30pm Set up again for the HS Honor Band 
2:00pm HS Rehearsal #4 
4:00pm Set up for Jazz Band Dress Rehearsal 
4:30pm Jazz Band Dress Rehearsal in Saenger
6:00pm Dinner Break 
7:30pm UWF Showcase Concert 

Sunday 2/27 at The Saenger Theatre, Downtown Pensacola
1:00pm HS Rehearsal #5
2:30pm Break and Dress for Concert
3:30pm Warm-up/Tune-up
4:00pm Performance at the Saenger
*Please note the schedule is pending. This page will be revised as the event draws closer. 

There is no fee to audition. The cost to participate in the festival if selected is $75 per student.


Auditions are open to all students enrolled in a high school band program grades 9-12. All students are required to fill out the 2020-2021 HSHB Audition Form. This same form is also where students will submit their audio.  

Follow this link to submit audition materials here. 

Audition Materials are due by Friday, December 10, 2021

All auditions must include: 
Student stating their name and school first
Two major scales of the player’s choice (at least two octaves): in sixteenth notes no slower than ♩= 60
Chromatic scale of the player’s choice: two octaves in eighth notes, ♩= 80
All-State OR All-County audition excerpts OR 1 faster/technical etude + 1 slower/lyrical etude
If using All-County audition materials that only include one excerpt, ADD a contrasting etude for a total of two music selections

Directors will receive a list of students selected for UWF Honor Band and all students will be notified by December 29, 2021. Chair placement within the ensemble will be based on the initial audition. Music for the festival will be emailed to the students by the end of January. If selected for the Honor Band, students will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals and activities Feb. 25-27, including attending the Saturday evening concert presented by UWF instrumental ensembles. Parents are responsible for transportation, lodging and supervision at all other times during the Honor Band weekend. 

UWF Honor Band Contact

For questions, concerns or additional information on the UWF Honor Band, please contact Dr. Brittan Braddock, UWF assistant professor of Music Education and director of bands.


Study Music at UWF

The Dr. Grier Williams School of Music provides students with a high quality, personalized, undergraduate education for careers in the fields of music performance and music education. Admittance to our programs is by audition only.

The program offers studies in Music Performance, Music Education or Arts Administration. Students may also participate in one of the department's many ensembles. 

To learn more about the program, or speak with a program advisor, contact: 

Dr. Grier Williams School of Music
Bldg. 82/Rm. 211
11000 University Pkwy.
Pensacola, FL 32514
(850) 474-2147