Department of Music

Honor Band

Mr. Dominic Talanca
Director of Bands
UNC Wilmington

Guest Conductor
Mr. Rodney Workman
Director of Bands
Asheville HS - Asheville, NC

December 8 – 10, 2022

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is pleased to announce the 11th annual UNCW Honor Band Festival. In addition to working with UNCW Director of Bands, Dr. Dominic Talanca, and our guest conductor, Mr. Rodney Workman (Asheville HS), students will attend performances by the UNCW Symphonic Band, jazz ensembles, and faculty ensembles. Students participate in full-ensemble rehearsals as well as master classes with the UNCW Department of Music applied faculty. The festival concludes on Saturday afternoon with a finale concert. Festival participants are selected based on their musical accomplishments and their director’s assessment and recommendation.

Seniors . . . participants of the festival will have the opportunity to audition for admittance into the UNCW Department of Music on Saturday, December 10. Students auditioning at this time will receive full consideration for scholarships!


  • Streamlined Nomination Process using
    • directors who previously set up an account can use it if they still have the same email address; password reset functions are available on the website
    • directors new to the system or with new email addresses may follow prompts to create a new profile and then nominate your students

  •  Chair Placement
    •  more info to follow, but auditions will be adjudicated through recorded (mp3) chair audition prior to the festival – allowing for more travel/eating/schedule flexibility and smoother first-day events!

Online nomination forms

  • active beginning September 7, 2022
  • must be submitted by October 5, 2022

Current Honor Band Festival Documents (click here)

Does or Will Contain:

  • Director Letter
  • Events Schedule
  • Student Invitation Letter
  • Student Registration Form/Photo Waiver
  • Hotel Information

Audition Excerpts

Click here and select the file for your instrument, then click on the download icon in the upper right

Chair Placement Audition Upload Instructions (FOR DIRECTORS ONLY)

Contact: Mr. Dominic Talanca
(910) 962-3391


UNCW is an EEO/AA Institution. Accommodations for disabilities
may be requested by contacting the Department of Music at 910.962.3415
at least 10 days prior to the event.