2024 AUHSD High School Honor Band

The Anaheim Union High School District High School Honor Band is made up of the finest musicians from the 9 AUHSD high schools.  These musicians are selected each year by audition to rehearse and perform with some of the best guest conductors from across the country. 

Students selected for the band each year attend 4 rehearsals in preparation for their concert performance.

In order to be eligible for the band, students must be enrolled in the instrumental music program at an AUHSD high school, maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher, successfully audition via video submission and a subsequent live call back for seating, attend ALL rehearsals and the concert, and follow all AUHSD and school rules for behavior and dress code at all rehearsals and the concert.

Dr. Dustin Barr - Guest Conductor

Dr. Dustin Barr - Guest Conductor

Dustin Barr is Director of Wind Studies and Associate Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton where he actively manages all aspects of the university's comprehensive band program, conducts the Wind Symphony and University Band, oversees the graduate wind conducting program, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. Prior experiences include appointments as Assistant Director of Bands at Michigan State University, Director of Bands at Mt. San Antonio College and Assistant Director of Bands at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California.
Barr’s research includes working extensively with theatre director Jerald Schwiebert on the melding of performance theory with a variety of movement theories and disciplines to establish innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching conducting. Their co-authored text, Expressive Conducting: Movement and Performance Theory for Conductors, was published by Routledge in 2018. This work has made Barr a highly regarded pedagogue in the field conducting. He has given numerous masterclasses throughout the USA and for Academia Diesis in Spain. Furthermore, his research on Scandinavian music for chamber wind ensembles has produced published performance editions of Asger Lund Christiansen's Octet, op. 43 and Svend Schultz's Divertimento for Wind Octet. Barr is a recipient of numerous accolades for his conducting and scholarly work. Most recently, the CSUF Wind Symphony received a prestigious invitation to perform at the 2019 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Barr has been a guest conductor of prominent ensembles like the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own," he was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan, and he was recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent young conductors as part of the 2010 National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project. Barr obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan. He received his Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Fullerton. His principal conducting mentors include Michael Haithcock and Mitchell Fennell.

Info Sheet and Application Form:

Recording Instructions*

"How to" percussion audition video

Link to Required Scales

Audition Music:
Bass Clarinet*
Bass Trombone*
Euphonium TC*
French Horn*
Snare Drum*
String Bass*


This year's schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2023 Video Submission Due 6 PM

  • Tuesday, January 30 Rehearsal @ Kennedy HS 6 – 9 PM

  • Wednesday, January 31 Rehearsal @ Kennedy HS 6 – 9 PM

  • Tuesday, February 6 Rehearsal @ Kennedy HS 6 – 9 PM

  • Thursday, February 8 Rehearsal @ Kennedy HS 6 – 9 PM

  • Friday, February 9 CONCERT @ Kennedy HS 6 PM Call / 7 PM Start

  • (Call Time 6:00 PM, Concert Black)

Directions to Kennedy

Kennedy Campus Map *

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This page was last updated on 12/13/2023.