High School Band auditions are held before the end of the school year (usually in May) for the purpose of determining chair placement within the sections of the Irmo Band. Criteria for placement are: technical proficiency, tone, range, and instrumentation.
All-State and Region Band auditions are open to High School and Middle School students (registered in concert band classes). Auditions are generally held on two weekends in January. The auditions are first held on a regional level followed by a finals audition held on a state-wide level. The Region Band clinic and concert is held in February, and the All-State Band clinic and concert are in March.
High School Honor Band Honor Band of America is an organization funded and operated by the Bands of America Association and is held each March in the Mid-West (usually Indianapolis). Membership is by audition only and you will be notified if the Director of Bands feels you qualify for this event.
Middle School Honor Band The IMS Honor Band is the elite after-school Band that is comprised of the finest student musicians in the IMS Band program. It is open to all IMS Band students by audition. The Honor Band has performed at many music conferences and conventions, including invitational performances National Adjudicators Invitational (NAI).
Solo & Ensemble Festival Students in the Irmo High School bands are offered the opportunity to perform for ratings and comments at the SCBDA Regional Solo & Ensemble Festival held in April/May.