JSU Honor Band

Jackson State University
High School Honor Band

Jackson State University presents the 2023 High School Honor Band Festival! Don’t miss this opportunity to work with world-renowned conductor and clinician, Dr. Catherine Rand from The University of Southern Mississippi. The purpose of the Jackson State University Annual Honor Band is to provide educational and performance opportunities to high school students. Our Honor Band provides talented student musicians with the opportunity to rehearse and perform great wind band literature in a traditional symphonic band setting comprised of high school students from across the state of Mississippi and beyond.

General Information



All participating students must be in grades 9 – 12

Participation Fee:

$40.00 (includes t-shirt, medal, and reception)

Registration Deadline:

February 24, 2023

*Dr. Catherine Rand, DMA- The University of Mississippi, Director of Bands
*Mr. Brandon Jenkins, MM- Assistant Band Director, Jackson State University
Participant Opportunities:

*Sonic Boom of the South Membership and Scholarship Auditions!

*Sectionals/Master Classes with Applied Faculty and Sonic Boom Leadership

*JSU Prism Concert — Enjoy a fast-paced concert presented by all of our band ensembles within the Department of Music at Jackson State University.

*Campus Life — Students will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of what life is like on campus for a college student at JSU.

*Awards Reception — All participating students and directors are invited to enjoy libations after the concert. We will also issue awards to all student musicians that participated in the honor band.

*Meet and Greet — Come meet the students and directors of Thee Sonic Boom of the South in an exclusive setting! Take pictures, ask questions, ‘Get Ready’ to forward march into our comprehensive band program!



*Refine basic music literacy

*Expand awareness of musical style and performance practice

*Encourage students to continue the study of music performance

*Promote student interest and participation in large ensemble performance

*Create an avenue for recruitment between participating parties and the JSU Band Program


Honor Band Chair Placement Audition Process:

Upon completion of registration (link to below), you will receive a correspondence directing you to the audition material and how to submit your audition virtually. (2) weeks before the event, each participant will be notified of the audition results. You will also receive a digital copy of the honor band music & schedule. At that time, we are asking that you begin preparing your music prior to arrival.

Band Directors Workshop:

We will be offering a free band directors workshop during this year’s honor band clinic. (1) CEU Credit will be awarded at the standard rate of $20 upon completion of (2) workshop sessions. If interested, please email Ramon.L.Jackson@jsums.edu for more details. 

Session I:
Brandon T. Jenkins, Assistant Director of Bands (JSU) will present a session entitled “HOW TO FIX IT: Getting Results Daily.” Bring your primary (or secondary) instrument and actively participate in this hands-on session! Prepare to retool your band director toolbox as we discuss best professional practices in an effort to “fix” every sound, everyday. 

Session II:
We will host a roundtable discussion with Conductor and Clinician, Dr. Catherine Rand (USM). In this session we will have invigorating conversations regarding conducting, programming, recruitment and retention, score study, musical problem solving, and much more.

Directors, register today at https://forms.gle/cYpXqrsqNo2G6RYTA

Lodging Accommodations (JSU Bands will not provide lodging and meals):

We are happy to host participants from near and far! Kindly find a few lodging suggestions below:

Home2 Suites by Hilton Jackson Pearl — $131

Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown — $102

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jackson Downtown – Coliseum, an IHG Hotel — $109

Hampton Inn & Suites Jackson Downtown-Coliseum — $103

Please note that rates are subject to change. Meal options are available on and around campus. 

Jackson State University High School Honor Band Coordinator:

Brandon T. Jenkins, Assistant Director of Bands

Email: Brandon.T.Jenkins@jsums.edu

Phone: 601-979-7057

Honor Band Registration


Don Haynes & Richard Saucedo, Clinicians 

Dr. Catherine Rand, Clinician

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