Middle School Honors Band Festival

uwm middle school honors band festival

November 18–20, 2022

The UWM Middle School Honor Band Festival is one of the longest standing events of its kind. Our festival provides the region’s most motivated and accomplished middle school instrumentalists an opportunity to work with each other and with regionally and nationally recognized wind band conductors. In addition, students interact with UWM performance staff, and they hear performances by UWM ensembles.

Questions: ms-honors-band@uwm.edu

Director Nominations

Only students who are nominated by their school band director are eligible to attend. Students will receive notice of their acceptance to the festival or their “wait-list” designation by email after being processed by the UWM Bands and Festival Staff.

Special note to Directors: If you or your band-related organization plan to pay for some or all student registration fees, please contact us during the Director Nomination Period.

Basic Festival Schedule

Participating students must commit to the full duration of all activities listed below. A more detailed schedule will be available to students prior to the festival.


  • 4–5 p.m. – Registration
  • 5–8 p.m. – Seating of ensembles and first rehearsals


  • 8:30–10:45 a.m. – Rehearsals and sectionals
  • 11–11:45 a.m. – Concert by the UWM Symphony Band
  • 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. – Lunch break (on your own)
    UWM Jazz Combos will be playing in the Union Concourse during lunch.
  • 1–5 p.m. – Additional Rehearsals/Sectionals

Sunday – UWM Union and Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts

  • Final dress rehearsals
  • Lunch break (on your own)
  • Final concerts at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. These concerts are open and free to participating students, their families, and band directors – no tickets necessary.

Special Instrumental Needs

  • Flute Students:Should bring a piccolo if you have access to one and want to be considered for piccolo parts. Piccolo assignments will be made under the leadership of the guest conductor/clinician.
  • Brass Students:Trumpet and trombone students should bring straight mutes. Other mutes may be requested during the weekend.
  • Percussion Students: Are required to bring a pair of general-purpose snare sticks, keyboard mallets, and timpani mallets.


Casual school clothing is appropriate for festival rehearsals and other activities.

For the concert, please wear what you would wear for your own school band concerts. Other suggestions are:

  • Option 1
    • Top: White button-down, long-sleeved dress shirt (a tie is optional).
    • Bottom: black dress or dark chino-style pants and belt, dark (black) socks, black dress shoes (no sneakers or athletic shoes).
  • Option 2
    • Top: White long-sleeved top/blouse with a close neckline.
    • Bottom: Black skirt/dress with a hemline at the calf or to the floor and black socks/hosiery. Black dress pants are also acceptable. Black dress shoes (no sneakers or athletic shoes).


There are limited Student Union dining facilities that will be open during the festival, but are open to the public. Other restaurants are adjacent to campus, within a four-block walk. Participants will not be accompanied by Festival staff to/from meals. Students and parents are free to make any arrangements necessary for meals.


Office staff is available at (414) 229-5641 during the festival schedule, should any emergency arise. UWM Police Non-Emergency line is (414) 229-4627.


You are encouraged to use metered street parking, the university parking structures, or other university lots.  Additional information is available at uwm.edu/parking. Participants and patrons are responsible for following all posted parking regulations. Students are responsible for arranging prompt pick-up and drop-off plans with their parents and/or traveling party.