2019 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, attend ALL rehearsals and the concert, and follow all AUHSD and school rules for behavior and dress code at all rehearsals and the concert.

This year, retired CSUF professor Dr. Mitchell J. Fennell will conduct the 20th honor band. Dr. Fennell is highly regarded as an educator and conductor throughout the world. As the Director of Bands at California State University, Fullerton he has had a significant impact on the high quality of music education in the AUHSD for the past two decades. We are incredibly fortunate to have him working with us this year. As part of the special celebration for our 20th year, we will be premiering a new piece of music composed for our 20th year by Stephen Mahpar (CSUF Professor and Western HS Alumnus).

Mitchell Fennell is Professor Emeritus and recently retired, Director of Bands and Coordinator of Wind Studies at Cal State Fullerton. Dr. Fennell joined the School of Music Faculty at CSUF in 1986 and during his tenure he conducted the University Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds and the University Band, and taught undergraduate and graduate instrumental conducting, courses in wind literature and courses in music education.

The University Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Fennell, produced six compact disc recordings featuring the music of Warren Benson, Alfred Reed, Richard Wagner, Paul Hindemith, Karel Husa, Leslie Bassett, Zdenek Lukas, and Vincent Persichetti. Their most recent recording, Monuments and Motifs, featuring Hakan Rosengren in the premier recording of Frank Ticheli’s Concerto for Clarinet and Band, and Dragon Rhyme by Chen Ye has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program Wind and Rhythm. Fennell has conducted world premiers of William Kraft’s Vintage Renaissance and Beyond and Kraft’s Concerto for Timpani and Wind Ensemble in addition to many other works commissioned by Cal State Fullerton.

The Wind Symphony has performed at music conventions and festivals in South Korea, Japan, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Portugal and China. The Wind Symphony has also performed numerous times at the California Music Educators conferences the College Band Directors National Association Western Regional Conventions, and at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association annual conferences

In addition to his duties at Cal State Fullerton, Professor Fennell has conducted a live Public Radio broadcast of Myer Kupferman’s Images of Chagall and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. He has also published a teaching guide to “Winds of Nagual” by Michael Colgrass, which appears in the second volume of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band by Richard Miles. He appeared several times as guest conductor with the National Army Band of Portugal, National Guard Band of Portugal, The Police Band of Lisbon, and the Sociedade Imparcial 15 de Janeiro de 1898 in Alcochete, and the Band of the Sociedade Filarmónica Harmonia Reguenguense in Reguengos de Monsaraz. He also held the title of Artist in Residence in Conducting at the Escola de Musica do Conservatorio Nacional in Lisbon.

Dr. Fennell received his Bachelor of Music degree from Long Beach State University and the Master of Music and Doctorate of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He holds an Honorary Life Membership in the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association and is a recipient of the Orpheus Award from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha. In retirement, Dr. Fennell serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization, teaches part-time at area universities, guest conducts, and gives private instruction to aspiring young conductors.

Info Sheet and Application Form:

Application & Info*

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

Here's the "How to" percussion audition video


Charm by Kevin Puts
1861 by Jonthan Newman
Fanfare for Anaheim by Steven Mahpar (mp3)
Give Us This Day by David Maslanka

This year's schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 - Auditions @ Kennedy HS
    3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - 8281 Walker St., La Palma

  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 - Rehearsal @ Kennedy HS
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, Jan. 31 - Rehearsal @ Kennedy HS
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 - Rehearsal @ Kennedy HS
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 7 - Rehearsal @ Kennedy HS
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Friday, Feb. 8 - CONCERT @ Kennedy HS
    7PM (6:00 Call) - Dress:  Concert Black

Kennedy Performing Arts Center

Directions to Kennedy (Google) Kennedy Campus Map *

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This page was last updated on 01/24/2019.