The McNeese Regional Honor Bands

Directors will be notified of accepted students by December 10.  Ask your director if you were accepted before completing registration.

Accepted Students Must Register & Pay the $50 fee

Refunds are not possible after payment has been made

CLICK HERE to Register and Pay By Credit Card

There are only 2 options for payment by check:

1. A band director, booster organization or school district may submit one check covering the fees for all student participants

2. A parent will visit the McNeese band office IN PERSON to pay with a check.  DO NOT MAIL CHECKS.

CLICK HERE to register if your fee will be paid through one of the above 2 options for check payment.


Each spring, the McNeese State University Band hosts high school honor bands for Louisiana and Texas student musicians.  The ensembles rehearse with outstanding guest conductors and perform in concert.  The event weekend begins on Thursday evening and concludes Saturday afternoon.  Generally, the honor band weekend occurs mid-February or the first weekend of March.

2019 Honor Band Weekend: February 7-9 (Chair Auditions Thursday evening, February 7)

2019 Honor Band Conductors:  

Dr. Christopher Heffner, Director of Bands, Lebanon Valley College, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Mr. Shane Goforth, Director of Bands at North Shore Senior High School, Houston, Texas

Recent guest conductors include: Dr. Daniel Galyen, (University of Northern Iowa), Dr. David Kehler (Kennesaw State University), Dr. David Waybright (University of Florida), Dr. Kenneth Ozzello (University of Alabama), Jay Watkins (University of Florida) & Dr. Daniel Belong (Arkansas Tech University).  The McNeese Wind Symphony presents a special concert on Friday evening. 

Students are also treated to a master class on their specific instrument, presented by McNeese State faculty members on Friday evening.  The weekend concludes Saturday afternoon with the honor band concert

Participation in these honor bands comes through a nomination process.  High school directors submit nominations of their outstanding students in December.  McNeese staff select students from those nominations with consideration of the instrumentation for the two honor bands and the ranking provided by the high school directors.

Students interested in the McNeese Regional Honor Band should mention that to their high school director in early December.

Information Letter to High School Directors

Director Nomination Form

2018 Honor Band Schedule