2022 Ball State University Bands

Honor Band Festival

Saturday, December 3, 2022


Ball State University will host our annual Honor Band Festival on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022. The honor band is open to all high school students through a simple audition process.

The purpose of the BSU Honor Band Festival is to provide an opportunity for students to perform in an outstanding musical ensemble, become more excited about music and music making, and work with a distinguished conductor. Students selected will work in full ensemble rehearsals, small group sectionals, as well as hear a performance from the Ball State Wind Ensemble as part of the evening concert. It is our sincere desire to provide the best possible experience for your students. 

Important Deadlines

Friday, October 7th
Student Interest Form Due

Friday, October 28th
Student Audition Video/Director Evaluations Due

Wednesday, November 9th
Student Notified of Acceptance/Placement

Friday, November 18th
Student Registration Fees Due


Event Information

Each accepted student will pay a registration fee of $60.  No meals will be provided, however, we will provide students with a map and list of locations to eat.

A detailed schedule will be provided closer to the event date.

Tentative Schedule

Saturday Morning
Sectionals & Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Saturday Afternoon
Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Saturday Evening
Concert with the Ball State Wind Ensemble


Honor Band Guest Conductor

Mr. Alfred Watkins

Alfred Watkins served as the Director of Bands at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia for the majority of his storied thirty-seven year career. His bands performed four times at the Midwest Clinic, National Band Association Convention, National Concert Band Festival and GMEA. The Trojan Marching Band performed four times in the Tournament of Roses and three times in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Trojan Band was named Sweepstakes Winners in 103 of 110 competitions entered, including being named the Bands of America Grand National Champions on two occasions.

Watkins is a member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He holds the unique distinction of having led bands that received the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor, Sudler Shield, and Sudler Silver Scroll Awards. Watkins is Co-founder, Musical Director and Conductor of the Cobb Wind Symphony, an award-winning all-adult community band based in Marietta.


If you have any questions about the Honor Band Festival, please contact us via email or phone:
(765) 285-9178