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Music Education Services (MES) provides comprehensive band programs to elementary schools.  

Honors Band


April 28, 2018






Audition/Nomination Information






Emergency Contact Form








Honors Band will be held on a Saturday April 28, 2018.  

Honors Band is an annual event hosted by Music Education Services, bringing students together to play challenging music. Two bands will be performing, a Symphonic Honors Band and a Concert Honors Band. As the name implies, earning placement in the Symphonic Honors Band or being selected by your band director to participate in the Concert Honors Band is truly an honor!  Students will be chosen through an audition process for the Symphonic Honors Band.  The audition requirements and information are listed below for those students who wish to audition. The Concert Band students are chosen by their director through a selection process. Selected students will be notified by their director in March. All students selected will participate in a full day event with various conductors, sectionals, and a final concert.

Selected students for both bands will receive information about additional rehearsals. It is imperative that students begin working on the music in their own time, so they are well prepared for rehearsal. The festival day will include sectionals, clinics, full band rehearsals and a final concert @ 3:30pm. It will be the most playing these children have ever done in one day. At the same time, it will be the largest group and the most rewarding day of music for all who participate. Honors Band will give students the idea of what it is like to be in a high school band program.

We do require emergency contact information for all participants.  Please ask your band director if you do not receive one with your acceptance letter.

The final concert begins at 3:30 p.m., and should last about an hour.  Your child may come dressed casually, but make sure they bring good dress clothes to change into before the concert.  

This year the festival is being held at:

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 West Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

We are excited about the eighth year at this venue for our concert.  Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church has a beautiful performance space and the building is laid out well to accommodate the sectional classes throughout the day. Directions are included below. I should note that the parking lot at the church only has two hundred parking spaces but when that lot is full there is additional parking at the gravel lot adjacent to the church lot.
For lunch, we will be serving pizza for $3.00. Snacks, water and pop will also be available for $1.00 each. Please make sure your child brings some money or his or her own lunch.  A professional video company will be recording the performance, and DVDs can be ordered on the day of the festival.
All of our teachers are busily preparing the children for what promises to be a great day.  Family members and guests are welcome to the concert and we hope that many of you can attend. If you should have any questions, please feel free to call our office, or contact your band director.

Steven A. Nierman
Music Education Services






Calling All Advanced Band Members!!!

This year starts a new process for being selected to the Honors Band.  The top band, Symphonic Band, will be by audition only. The second band, Concert Band, will be done by director nomination as it has in the past.  Band directors will do nominations in Jan/Feb next year for the Concert Band.

All 6-8th grade musicians are eligible to audition for the Symphonic Band.  This will be done by recording the scales and excerpts through the Honors Band Google Classroom. 

Here are the instructions for singing up for the Honors Band Google Classroom:

1. Sign out of all email addresses on your device
2. Go to
3. Click Sign In
4. Enter the gmail address you wish to use (if you do not have a gmail address, you will need to create one - it is free)
5. Enter your gmail password - click Next
6. Once in google classroom, click the + sign and choose Join a class
7. Type in class code
         a. Flute/Oboe - bpt6pk
         b. Clarinet - nhx8gsw
         c. Saxophone - s5rxhd
         d. Trumpet/Horn - 4ejphs
         e. Trombone/Baritone/Tuba - hd4a2sk
         f. Percussion - yh25d9q
8. You should see information for your instrument


Your instrument Audition Excerpts are posted and are printable.  Many directors have also handed out paper copies.

To submit a video:

1. Record a video for each excerpt and scales/rudiments on your phone/tablet/computer.  Youtube is a great tool to make this easy.
        a. Say your name and school at the beginning of the videos (or hold up sign with your name/school)
2. Save it to your device
3. Click on the assignment in Google Classroom to open it
4. Click the ADD button and select google drive OR link OR file to attach your videos
5. When you are ready to turn them in, click TURN IN
          ****You can also unsubmit and resubmit until the due date.*****


If you are considering doing an audition (even if you are unsure), please sign up for the Google Classroom immediately.  This will insure that there is time to work through sign up issues if they arise.  If you have issues signing in, please send an email to and someone will help you promptly.


Videos must be recorded and submitted on Google Classroom by midnight January 7th, 2018.  No late submissions will be accepted.

Other notes- you may audition on more than one instrument. This is not required only if you want to do it.  If you do not make it for Symphonic Band, you are still eligible for Concert Band. 

Thank you! We look forward to hearing your awesome auditions!!





2018 Honors Band Schedule






Lincoln Legacy


Selections from The Lion King




Tribal Drums




Hobbits Dance and Hymn


Greek Folk Trilogy


The Lost Lady Found










Each Honors Band participant is required to fill out an emergency contact form and return it to the band director.  If you did not receive one, click here to print one.






Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church is located at 149 West Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst, just off Roosevelt Road between York Road and Route 83. - next to the new Elmhurst Hospital. Brush Hill Road is the frontage road that runs along the north side of Roosevelt Road.


From the East:
AURORA / I-294 S / INDIANA  (0.4 miles)
Merge onto IL-38 W / ROOSEVELT RD (1.1 miles)
Take the NORTH YORK ROAD  (0.2 miles) exit.
At the light, go straight onto Brush Hill Rd.
Follow past the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health and the new hospital.
149 W Brush Hill Rd will be on your right (north).


From the West:
Take the I-294 S exit toward TRI-STATE / INDIANA. (0.3 miles)
Take the YORK RD exit. (0.2 miles)
At the light, go straight onto Brush Hill Rd.
Follow past the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health and the new hospital.
149 W Brush Hill Rd will be on your right (north).


From the North:
Take 294 South toward Indiana.
Exit at 290 (west) to Rockford.
Stay in right lane and exit again immediately at North Ave.
Stay in right lane and enter 290 (east) to Chicago.
Exit at St. Charles Rd. (west).
Take St. Charles Rd. to York Rd. Turn left (south).
Turn right at Brush Hill Rd.
Follow past the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health and the new hospital.
149 W Brush Hill Rd will be on your right (north)


From the South:
Take 294 North toward Wisconsin.
Merge onto IL-38 W / ROOSEVELT RD. (0.6 miles)
At the light, go straight onto Brush Hill Rd.
Follow past the Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health and the new hospital.
149 W Brush Hill Rd will be on your right (north)