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Members of the 2018 High School Honor Band

Each fall, Olivet College welcomes high school students from across the state for its annual High School Honor Band. The Honor Band is an ensemble comprised of some of the state’s best high school instrumentalists. On Nov. 8, OC will welcome one of the largest Honor Bands in school history to learn about life as a Comet. Nominated by their high school band directors, students spend the day in rehearsal and sectionals working with music faculty and students, experiencing firsthand what it is like to be an Olivet music student. The day’s work culminates in a concert, joined by the Olivet College Wind Ensemble.

Become a Comet Music Student for a Day

Jeremy Duby, director of bands at OC, could not be more excited to share his passion for music with so many students. “The Honor Band is a program which highlights students from multiple programs and shares different performance, rehearsal and advocacy standards,” he said. “It enables students to collaborate and work with new people while demonstrating how similar collegiate level rehearsing compares to what they are already experiencing. It is also a testament to the great teaching happening in our schools throughout this state, and it shows visiting students what it is like to not only be a college music student for a day, but more importantly, an Olivet Comet for a day!”

In addition to specialized rehearsals, students in the Honor Band will also have the opportunity to tour campus, dine in the Kirk Center and hear from current band members in a student panel to dive deeper into student life and academics. Students are also able to take their new musical experiences back to their high school band rooms to share with their peers. Further, parents may attend a special admissions and financial aid presentation to learn more about Olivet’s scholarships and other resources to help make college affordable.

High School Honor Band Performance

The OC Honor Band and Wind Ensemble Concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 in the Olivet Congregational Church. Musical selections include “Beau Ideal March” by John Philip Sousa, “Chasing Sunlight” by Cait Nishimura and “Mambo Perro Loco” by Julie Giroux. The concert is free and open to the public.

The arts play a vital role in fostering creativity and learning at Olivet College by promoting personal growth, self-expression, appreciation and individual and social responsibility. Annually, the College features artists, exhibitions and performances that reflect the diversity of the arts. View the full Olivet College arts events calendar.

Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

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