Honor Bands and Youth Orchestras

Honor Bands

Honor Bands are audition opportunities at the district, county, and state level.

SDUHSD Honor Bands: Each year the finest musicians from our local MS & HS music programs are selected, by audition, to participate in a weekend of Honor Band activities. The final outcome of these activities is our SDUHSD Honor Band concert on a Sunday afternoon. Please check our calendar page for this year’s dates.

All-State HS Honor Band & Honor Jazz Band: open to current members of the SDA band program. Students selected to one of these honor groups will perform at the California Band Directors Association (CBDA) convention. The application deadline is generally around December 1. Be sure to visit http://cbda.org for more information!

SCSBOA All-Southern California Honor Groups: Each year the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) provides the finest young instrumentalists in southern California with opportunities to rehearse with some of the most outstanding music educators in the world. For information about eligibility requirements, the application process, required audition materials, etc., please visit the SCSBOA website. Please see Mr. Wuertz for information about this year’s audition excerpts.

CCCB Honor Band: Each year, students from each of the 4 district high schools are nominated for the Coastal Communities Concert Band’s Honor Band. The CCCB “Salute to Young Musicians” concert is typically held on a Sunday afternoon in April in the SDA Gymnasium. Students who are selected for this group are invited to perform several selections with the CCC Band. They will also have an opportunity to audition for music scholarships in the amount of $750 or $1,500!  Attendance at a series of 3-4 Monday night rehearsals leading up to the performance is required. Please contact Mr. Wuertz for detailed information about criteria, eligibility, and other related information.


Youth Orchestras provide students an opportunity to play with an array of ensembles including symphonies. These extra-curricular programs generally rehearse on weekends.