Jan. 28-29, 2018

The 20th Annual Quad State Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians from the quad state region. Students participating in the Honor Symphonic Band will have the opportunity to work with John LaCognata, USD's director of bands. Students selected for the Honor Concert Band will work with Todd Cranson, USD's director of athletic bands. 

In addition to rehearsal, students will enjoy a performance by the USD Symphonic Band. The festival concludes Monday evening with a finale concert featuring both honor ensembles in Aalfs Auditorium.

Registration Costs & Fees

There is a $30 fee per student for those selected to participate in the festival. Each participant will receive a long-sleeved festival t-shirt during check-in. Students are responsible for their own meals and housing during the festival. A list of area hotels will be posted with special rates for festival participants. There are options for meals both on-campus and in downtown Vermillion. Directors or parents will be responsible for making arrangements for meals and housing as well as transportation. 

Application Form/Audition Process

Festival participants are selected through an audition process of assigned etudes and scales. To audition, students must:

  1. Submit an online applicant form
  2. Prepare the audition etudes, two major scales (assigned) and a chromatic scale
  3. Record your performance of audition materials. Audition recordings will be collected in MP3 audio files and submitted with the audition materials.

Registration/application submission

Audition Recordings/Submission

  • Audition recordings should be labeled in this order: instrument (hyphen) first name, last name, grade (no spaces). 
    Example: Clarinet-NoahJones12.mp3
  • Submission Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 by 5 p.m. 

Results/Festival Invitations

The audition results and invitations to the festival will be emailed to band directors and students. They will be posted on the USD Department of Music website by Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Festival Schedule

The festival will be held in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on USD's campus. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The finale concert will be held in Aalfs Auditorium in Slagle Hall on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at 7 p.m. The finale concert is free and open to the public.

USD Music Scholarship Auditions

Seniors who wish to audition for a USD music scholarship are encouraged to do so during the festival.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Name Department & Office Contact
John LaCognata
  • Assistant Professor, Director of Bands, Trumpet
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 115