The Jackson State University Honor Band Symposium is intended to provide students and directors an opportunity to learn through clinics, rehearsals and a performance under the guidance of nationally recognized clinicians, conductors and composers. Our mission is to expose participants to a "culture of excellence" that will inspire higher levels of individual achievement and create the desire to share newly developed levels of enthusiasm and increased musical abilities with their peers.

Directors will nominate deserving students before the established deadline (see the "Nomination" tab for details). Nominated students are then considered for participation based on instrumentation and the maximum number of students that can be effectively served by the event. The band will rehearse with the clinicians/conductors and present a public concert on Saturday that serves as the culmination to festivities.

In addition to the rehearsals and concert, there will be clinic sessions for the directors with each of the clinicians. These sessions will be held during the day Friday and Saturday, and will be informal, informative and relevant to teaching instrumental music in todays' school environments. These Director Clinics are free and open to all participating directors.

The Jackson State University Honor Band Symposium is affiliated with American Youth Ensembles and operates in cooperation with the Conn-Selmer Division of Education, headed by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. Through this unique relationship performers will have access to esteemed conductors, educators, and composers - providing an opportunity to experience music in a unique, rewarding, instructive and constructive environment.