Participating in an honor band is a great way to improve as a musician and to gain experience with a wider range of music, conductors, and concert settings. Some of these opportunities are multi-day experiences. Students prepare the concert material with the guest conductor and then hold a large concert in the host university's concert hall. In order to participate, students must be nominated by Mr. Schneblin and pass the selection process.
Bradley University Honor Band
The purpose of this band is to provide younger high school students with the opportunity to perform with their peers in an Honor Band situation. This experience will also encourage students to remain a part of his or her instrumental music program throughout high school and eventually assume a leadership role for their band program. Students are selected based on their past musical accomplishments. The Bradley Honor Band is held annually in mid-April.
Illinois Central College Honor Band - An American Celebration
American Celebration is a community showcase concert hosted by Illinois Central College. The concert features performances by area high school students, ICC music faculty and students, the 85th Army Band and the Heritage Ensemble directed by Sharon Reed. The ICC Honor Band is held annually at the end of March.
Western Illinois University Honor Band
This annual event at Western Illinois University gives talented high school musicians the opportunity to participate and learn from topnotch guest conductors. In 2011, students experienced six concert band/wind ensemble concerts, master classes with the WIU School of Music faculty, rehearsals, and a performance under the baton of guest conductor David Morrison, Conductor, University of Illinois-Chicago Concert Band and former Director of Bands Emeritus, Prospect High School, Mt. Prospect, IL. Western Illinois Honor Band is held annually at the end of February.