Honors Band

Honors Band (grades 7 – 9)

Jay Pratte directs the Honors Band, and Kristen Bartholomew is the manager.


  • Auditions will be submitted by Audio recordings this year. There will be no in person auditions. Instructions are posted below.
  • Deadline for submission is Friday, November 12, 2021
  • Percussionists must audition on both snare and a mallet instrument

Recording Instructions:

  1. Make sure you have your instrument, music, and recording space ready. There should be no noise in the background. Ask your teacher for help if you need a quiet space to record. Make sure that your instrument is tuned before your start.
  2. You may use any device available to record, but the file must be submitted as an mp3 file. We will also accept mp4 or .mov files.
  3. Percussion students: You will need to record at school using the xylophone and snare drum. Please do not use practice bells and/or drum pad. Have the xylophone, snare drum, mallets, and sticks ready to go before hitting record. Quickly walk from the xylophone to the snare drum after you have completed the xylophone portion.
  4. Press Record. Say your name, school, grade (7th, 8th, 9th) and instrument (trumpet, trombone, etc.).
  5. Play everything on the audition materials page starting at the top of the page.
  6. Please make only one recording that includes all scales and excerpts. Your recording should be in one “take,” without editing, but you may do as many “takes” as you wish.
  7. Once the recording is ready, please go through the form linked below to upload the recorded file. Make sure to ask your band director for assistance, if needed.
  • Please play your music in the following order:
    • For Winds – Complete all *
      • Concert E flat Scale (10 points) *
      • Concert F Scale (10 points) *
      • Chromatic Scale (20 points) *
      • Excerpt #1 (20 points) *
      • Excerpt #2 (20 points) *
      • Excerpt #3 (20 points)
    • For Percussion – Complete all *
      • Concert E flat Scale – Xylophone (10 points) *
      • Concert F Scale – Xylophone (10 points) *
      • Chromatic Scale – Xylophone (20 points) *
      • Excerpt #1 – Xylophone (20 points) *
      • Excerpt #2 – Snare Drum (20 points) *
      • Excerpt #3 – Snare Drum (20 points)
    • Submissions must be made by Friday, November 12, 2021.
  • Use this form to submit a recorded audition. If you have any problems with this, please contact your band director, or Chris Monroy, at 703-228-6299.
  • Practice and put in your best effort – you will do great! Best of luck! – Ms. Cahn and Mr. Pratte

Rehearsals and Performance, all at Kenmore Middle School:

  • Rehearsal, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, 6:00-8:30 PM
  • Rehearsal, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, 6:00-8:30 PM
  • Rehearsal, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Dress Rehearsals, Saturday, Jan. 29, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
  • In the event of a snow day, dress rehearsals on Saturday, January 29, may be lengthened
  • Concert – Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, 4:00 PM – Kenmore MS
  • Snow Make-Up Date for the concert is Monday, January 31, 2022, 7:00 PM, Kenmore MS

Registration Materials for Honors Band (grades 7 – 9):  

Registration Materials for Honors Band in Spanish (grades 7 – 9):

2019 – 2020 Audition Music for Honors Band (grades 7 – 9):

Scales will be requested in the key in which the instrument plays, not in concert key.