2023 Invitational Jazz Honor Band

Dear Band Director, 

This year the University of Louisville School of Music Jazz Program will continue its annual tradition of hosting a high school honor big band on April 28 – 29. It was only four years ago that first we started an honor band to be featured during our jazz fest and it has been extremely successful. Two years ago, due to the unusual circumstances, we created two asynchronous virtual big band videos amazing performances combining our students with awesome high school musicians in the region. Feel free to check them out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhbPY18WyTg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo4IxQp59ZQ. As much as we enjoyed this process we are thrilled to return to live performance this year! 

We are fortunate to have special guest director, Ronald Carter, to work with students and lead the band. This renowned jazz educator is a member of Downbeat’s Hall of Fame and has numerous additional teaching awards. There is no doubt that he will impart a uniquely valuable experience on the students. 

We invite you to nominate your outstanding students that would benefit from this incredible experience. Please submit the nomination form at the following link by January 25, 2023.

Invitational Honor Jazz Band Nomination Form  

Selected students will be contacted through email with more details, a registration form, PDF’s of their music, and a schedule. The concert will be in the early evening on April 29, 2023. The band will rehearse and perform in Louisville at Ballard High, and there will be a $50 dollar fee to cover our costs.

Dr. Gabriel Evens, Assistant Professor
University of Louisville School of Music
Louisville, KY 40292