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2018 Honor Band

Our annual Honor Band Festival welcomes over 200 high school students annually to rehearse and perform with nationally recognized clinicians in two ensembles (grades 9-10 and 11-12). This year’s clinicians will include Paul Popiel (Director of Bands at the University of Kansas) and Ron Ellis (Director of Bands at the University of Texas at San Antonio). Students will arrive on campus during the afternoon of February 22nd for seating auditions. Rehearsals will continue through the Saturday concert at 2pm. Students will also be able to enjoy a concert by the APSU Wind Ensemble and participate in sectional rehearsals and clinics with APSU’s acclaimed Wind and Percussion faculty. Below you will find additional information on our festival. Check back here for updates!

This year's Honor Band clinicians

Paul Popiel Ron Ellis

Symphonic Band
Paul Popiel
University of Kansas

Concert Band
Ron Ellis
University of Texas
at San Antonio




Thursday, February 22nd  
  4:00-6:00pm Registration in lobby of Music-Mass Communication building
  5:30-7:00pm Seating auditions-rooms to be announced.
  7:30-9:30pm Rehearsals in MMC 152 and Concert Hall Stage.
Friday, February 23rd 
  9:00-noon Rehearsal in MMC 152 and Concert Hall Stage
  noon-1:30pm Lunch in APSU dining hall
  1:30-2:45pm Symphonic Band Sectionals TBA, Concert Band Rehearsal 152
  3:00-4:15pm Concert Band Sectionals TBA, Symphonic Band Rehearsal on
Concert Hall Stage
  4:30pm APSU Wind Ensemble Concert
  6:00-7:30pm Dinner in APSU dining hall
  7:30-9:00pm Symphonic Band Dress Rehearsal in Concert Hall
Concert Band rehearsal in 152
Saturday, February 24th 
  9:00-10:00am Clinics with APSU music faculty location TBA
  10:00am-noon Concert Band dress rehearsal on Concert Hall stage,
Symphonic Band rehearsal in 152
  noon-1:30pm Lunch (on your own)
  1:30-2:00pm Warm-up
  2:00pm Governors Honor Band Concert

A downloadable copy of the schedule is available here.

Important Deadlines

Friday, December 1 – Application opens
Friday, January 19 – Deadline for applications
Friday, January 26 – Notification of student selection
Friday, February 9 – Deadline to complete registration for Honor Band Festival
Thursday, February 22 – Governors Honor Band Festival activities begin! 

Information for Students

An application for the Governors Honor Band Festival must be submitted by your director. The Application Information document is only to be used to collect information for your director. Applications will be made through the form for your director to complete. If you are notified of selection, you will have until February 9 to complete your registration including the $40 non-refundable registration fee. Selection for all sections is generally quite competitive. Please keep in mind that the decision to submit an application is a commitment to attend if selected. Excerpts for seating auditions will be posted on this site in early February.

Information for Directors

As explained in the section above, applications may only be submitted by the director to the form found here. We have provided an Application Information template for students to fill out to assist you in this process. As in years past, we will run a concurrent Conducting Workshop. All directors attending the Governors Honor Band Festival will be granted auditor status and directors wishing to participate as conductors will receive a discount towards registration. Additional information may be found below. 


In years past we have listed a handful of hotel options in the Clarksville area for those attending from out of town. Due to difficulties with some of these hotels honoring rates, and the opening of several new hotels in the past few years, we will not attempt to provide that information. The Riverview Hotel has the closest proximity to campus. Many hotels will offer an Austin Peay rate so we encourage you to enquire.

Additional Information

As more information becomes available we will post it on this website. In the meantime, if you have any questions not answered here feel free to email us at