Department of Music

Honor Band

Mr. Dominic Talanca
Director of Bands
UNC Wilmington

Guest Conductor
Mr. Sean Smith
Director of Bands
A.C. Reynolds HS - Asheville, NC

December 5 – 7, 2019

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is pleased to announce the tenth annual UNCW Honor Band Festival. In addition to working with UNCW Director of Bands, Mr. Dominic Talanca, and our guest conductor, Mr. Sean Smith (A.C. Reynolds HS in Asheville, NC), 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 7th. Students auditioning at this time will receive full consideration for scholarships!

Changes to nomination and audition process

  • streamlined nomination process using
    • directors – follow prompts to create a new profile and then nominate
  • earlier nomination window to allow time for accepted musicians to submit a RECORDED (mp3) chair audition
    • more info to follow, but auditions will be adjudicated prior to the festival – allowing for more travel/eating/schedule flexibility and smoother first-day events!

Online nomination forms

  • active beginning August 12, 2019
  • must be submitted by October 9, 2019

Current Honor Band Festival Documents (click here)


  • 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.