Music for All is accepting applications for the BOA Honor Band on the following instruments:

  • Flute and Piccolo
  • Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
  • Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Mellophone
  • Baritone
  • Trombone/Bass Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion: Snare, Tenors, Bass and Cymbals
  • Auxiliary: Flag, Dancer
  • Vocal Quartet: SATB voicing

Drum majors for the band will be selected from among selected instrumental and auxiliary band members. Drum Major audition information will be available to selected band members. Students are required to audition and be selected as an instrumentalist or auxiliary member in order to be eligible to audition as drum major.

Students are expected to participate as an instrumentalist or auxiliary member should they not be selected as a drum major.


Eligible applicants must have graduation years of 2020 or later. (Class of 2020 and 2021 seniors are eligible.)

Note: The parade route is 5.5 miles long. Applicants should be of health and stamina to complete the route with ease.

How to Apply

All applications and audition recordings will be submitted online via Acceptd. To apply, complete the online application form and upload your audition according to the requirements. The $45 application fee must be paid online prior to submitting your application.

Applications will be evaluated, and students accepted by rolling admission. Once accepted into the ensemble, you will receive notification via a letter mailed USPS to your home address listed on your application, and an email sent to the primary email listed on your application. Please make sure that you allow emails from and list an email you check often.

 Guidelines for Audition Recordings

  • Since this is the only chance for the student to be heard, the quality of the recording should be of utmost consideration. The quality of your recording will affect the evaluators’ ability to review and comment. A high quality audio and video recording is expected.
  • State your name, age, school you attend, and years of musical experience at the beginning of your audition recording.
  • Review your recording(s) before you submit to check the sound level and ensure the best audio quality.
  • Only unedited recordings can be accepted, and should be in high fidelity stereo.
  • Be aware of the acoustic environment in which you record. Background noise and poor sound quality make your recording difficult to evaluate.

Specific Requirements By Section

Audition requirements for winds will include: three one octave major scales, one octave chromatic scale and excerpts from “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa, below for your use.

If you have questions about previously posted audition requirements, please contact Jessica Hjellming at or call at

You do not need to audition on each instrument to be considered. Your primary instrument is fine!

However, if you would like to be considered on more than one instrument, please upload a separate video within your application. (i.e One video for snare drum, one video for bass drum.)

You do NOT need to submit different applications, just include the multiple videos on your online application.

If you would like to audition on all four percussion instruments, therefore giving yourself the most options to be considered for the drumline for th Honor Band, submit your audition videos for all parts and indicate the order of your preference.

If you only audition on one percussive instrument, you will only be considered for that instrument. you will not be shuffled to other instruments, unless you have specifically submitted addition audtion videos.

All percussion applicants must mark time during their audition, and the video MUST show the whole body. Make sure both hands and feet marking time are visible in all videos.



Bass Drum


Each individual who would like to participate in the Bands of America Honor Band Color Guard should display the following attributes:

  • Desire
  • Confidence
  • Projection
  • Excellence
  • Artistry
  • Technical Fluency

Each applicant must display the following skills:

  • 32 counts of Drop Spins at tempo 120
  • 32 counts of Over Hand or Speed Spins
  • Flag Tosses (including, but not limited to, 45 degree, parallel, and 4 count tosses)

In addition, each applicant must 
submit a 1 to 2 minute choreographed flag presentation. The equipment vocabulary for the presentation should be an advanced level flag routine and may be work that you have performed with your marching band or winter guard program. If possible, have a soundtrack to your audition so the adjudicators can evaluate your musicality and performance abilities. The adjudication panel will be focusing on not only your ability to handle the equipment but also your ability to incorporate upper body control as well as movement in the lower body.

Each applicant will also need to submit 
a 32 count movement excerpt in which they should display an advanced level of ballet
or modern dance technique. If possible,
 have a soundtrack to your audition so the adjudicators can evaluate your musicality and performance abilities.

Dance Solo:
This can be a routine that you plan on using during the spring competition season. Costuming your solo performance is optional

  • Routine Length should be 1:30-2:00 minutes
  • Type of Dance Movements that need to be incorporated: Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Modern
  • Please include the following: Double or triple pirouette turn outside or inside, right or left pique turns, chaine turns right or left, arabesque sautĂ©, grand jete, battement (R or L leg extension), attitude turn, control section, series of leaps and turns, floor section, layout and R or L split, traveling section, use of upper body expressively throughout the performance.

Each individual who would like to participate in the Bands of America Honor Band Dance Line should display the following attributes:

Appearance: Professionalism, Poise, Appropriateness of Musical Selection
  • Choreography: Originality/Creativity, Variety of Movement, Musicality, Difficulty
  • Technique: Method/Completion of Movement, Articulation/Strength of Movement, Posture/Alignment
  • Presentation/Staging: Use of performance area
Showmanship: Emotion, Projection/Style
If you have questions about previously posted audition requirements, please contact Jessica Hjellming at or call at
To achieve optimum balance, blend, and to maximize rehearsal time, for the 2021 Rose Parade, we are looking for a minimum of one vocal quartet from a single school.
Each individual singer must sing a major scale; minor scale and a chromatic scale. (One octave, in their own range in solfege or a neutral syllable).
Then as a quartet, sing:

“How Sweet It Is (To be loved by you)”

SATB Hal Leonard 00288454 (available download; minimum five copies)

Edward Holland arr Kirby Shaw.

Link to Purchase:

Measures: 1-31 as a quartet

For ease of recording purposes, each individual singer’s video, and the quartet video can all be separate uploads. It is not necessary to edit into one combined video.

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