Every year the New Orleans District of the Louisiana Music Educators Association hosts several honor bands for students in the metropolitan area. Honor Bands are usually one-weekend events in which the students practice for 2 to 3 days and then perform under a guest clinician. Auditions consist of two or three prepared excerpts, selected scales, and sight-reading. Exact audition requirements and details can be found on the District VI Website as well as the LMEA Website. Music can be obtained from the indicated method books or from one of the Raider Band Directors.
District VI sets different dates for Concert & Jazz Honor Bands so students are encouraged to participate in both. It should also be noted that 9th grade students may participate in Junior High or Senior High Honor Bands but not both. However, they may audition for both bands and decide where they would like to participate afterwards.
LMEA District VI Honor Band - Junior & Senior High Levels
Junior High auditions are an option for our 8th & 9th graders. The more advanced, High School auditions are open to grades 9 through 12. There is a $5 audition fee as well as a $15 participation fee following a successful audition.
LMEA District VI Jazz Honor Band - Junior & Senior High Levels
Jazz Honor Bands are available for Junior & Senior High students interested in jazz. As with the other Honor Bands, Junior High auditions are open to our 8th & 9th graders and High School auditions are for 9th through 12th graders. Also like the other bands, there is a $5 audition fee as well as a $15 participation fee following a successful audition.
Beyond the local district honor bands for the New Orleans area, LMEA also holds yearly state-wide honor bands that are open to all high school students across Louisiana. All-State auditions, though more competitive because of the higher number of students participating, follow the same general structure as their district-level counterparts. Students may only participate in one All-State ensemble in any given year. Requirements for auditions are outlined on the LMEA website.