How to Apply

The Kansas John Philip Sousa Junior Honor Band is sanctioned by the Kansas State High School Athletics Association (KSHSAA) and the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA). Because it supports the eligibility and participation guidelines of both organizations, students must:

  1. Participate in a band program at a KSHSAA-participating school and be a member in good standing (if the student attends a KSHSAA school but there is not a band program, they are still eligible to audition)
  2. Be enrolled in a school band program in that year of participation (ie grades 6-9)
  3. Applications must be submitted by the student’s band director

KSHSAA virtual student eligibility

Recording Expectations

Recordings will be recorded in mp3 format and then uploaded by the band director.

No talking allowed on the recording.

No audible metronomes on the recording.

Each audition portion must be recorded straight through with no pauses or edits. Any edits to the original recording will deem the audition disqualified.

Selection Process

Recordings/applications are due to band directors in October. Band directors will register, complete, and upload each student submission into our audition management system – Festival Scores

Auditions must be submitted by midnight, October 20, 2023.

Auditions are evaluated starting the first Saturday in November. Adjudication is carried out by highly qualified professional musicians.

Selected students are assigned in two bands: Blue (top band) or Red (second band).

Blog at