Northshore Honor Band

2021-2022 Student Information

Congratulations on being nominated and selected for the North Shore Honor Band! This experience will afford you the opportunity to rehearse and perform advanced literature with a group of students who are at or above your ability level under the tutelage of an accomplished guest conductor. We have designed this experience to model that of ILMEA, or even a professional ensemble, in which you are expected to prepare your music in advance of the rehearsal so as to maximize the opportunity for real music-making in the limited rehearsal and performance time allotted. You are encouraged to utilize the reference recordings provided within the "9-10 Band" and "11-12 Band" pages of this website, as well as read the short bios of the guest conductors who will be working with you, as you prepare for this experience. Please also read the information below to learn more about what to bring, concert attire, and the rehearsal and performance schedule. Congratulations again for being selected to be a part of this fantastic program!


What To Bring

* Sheet Music (provided in December)
* Instrument and all necessary equipment (reeds, valve oil, sticks/mallets, etc.)
* Pencil
* Sack Lunch for Saturday

* Water bottle

* Masks for all - slitted masks for wind musicians if you have them, bell covers for wind musicians


Concert Attire

All students are expected to perform in the concert attire required by their home school ensembles. Students will be given 30 minutes to change into their formal wear between the rehearsal and the performance. If you have any questions about your attire, please speak with your home school director.  Students will be permitted to change in the A "arts hallway" bathrooms or East wing bathrooms prior to the concert.


Covid Protocol

The rehearsal and performance venues at ETHS meet or exceed the recommended air exchange rate for indoor music rehearsals and can easily accommodate three feet of social distancing between musicians.  All participants, directors, and audience patrons must wear masks inside ETHS at all times, when not actively playing their instruments or eating.  Wind musicians may either use a slitted mask, if provided by your school, or a standard mask that can be pulled down while playing.  All wind musicians are also required to use bell covers.  ETHS is hosting concerts and other indoor events at full capacity.  We have approximately 1300 seats in our auditorium and do not anticipate anywhere near full capacity for Northshore Honor Band, so there will be plenty of space for spectators to spread out to their level of personal comfort.

2021-2022 Rehearsal & Performance Schedule

Your attendance and active contribution at the entirety of both rehearsals as well as the performance are a requirement for participation in the North Shore Honor Band. Please clear these dates and times with your personal schedule prior to committing to be a part of this experience.


Friday, January 10th:  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Rehearsal at Evanston Township High School

Saturday, January 11th:  8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Rehearsal at Evanston Township High School


Saturday, January 11th: 3:00 p.m.

Concert at Evanston Township High School


Final Details

North Shore Honor Band Festival Site:
Evanston Township High School

1600 Dodge Avenue

Evanston, IL
Band Office: (847) 424-7853


Please enter through Door 6 - Auditorium Entrance on Dodge Avenue.  Buses can drop off at Entrance 6, then park in the back lot in the rear of the building.  Spectators may park in the parking lot on Dodge Avenue and enter the building through the auditorium entrance

Recording Information:
The performance will be recorded and shared with directors for educational listening.