Due to the current cancellation of school and school activities, the Honors Festivals are postponed. If at all possible, new dates and times for rehearsals and performancs will be announced at a later date. Students should continue to practice at home until a new schedule of events is announced. Thank you for your understanding!
The Hazleton Area School District Honors Band and Chorus Program is an afterschool program in celebration of "Music In Our Schools Month." This is a nationally recognized event for the month of March each year to acknowledge the importance of the performing arts to all students as a fundamental learning experience. Music enhances each student's learning and creative abilities and ties in with every core subject from reading to math, history to social studies, not to mention enhancing creative thinking, self-esteem, motivation, and discipline.
The HASD Music Department Honors Program is designed for students to participate in a district wide program. Students are chosen by director recommendation from each of the schools to attend rehearsals on preparing musical selections for public concerts.
For 2020 there will be two concerts, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band TBA, at the HAHS Auditorium and Chorus TBA at the HAHS Auditorium. Auditions are required for the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble for our advancing students, to provide them the opportunity to perform more difficult music. Directors will recommend which students should be in Concert Band or Wind Ensemble. Any unsuccessful auditions will be members of the Concert Band. Concert Band students are not required to audition.
All rehearsals are at HAHS in the band and chorus rooms. Students must have their own transportation to and from the HS. Students are allowed up to 3 excused absences from rehearsals. All students are encouraged to be at all rehearsals.
This is a formal event-dress is white shirts/blouses, black pants/dresses, a tie for men is optional, sleeves must be on girls tops. Black dress shoes for all. All students will receive an official Honors Pin to wear for the concert the night of the program. Tickets are sold at the door-$6 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors. ($1 each ticket funds the Jeff Haraschak Memorial Scholarship)