Coronavirus Important Updates

We are resuming the Youth Honors Ensembles for the 2021-2022 season!  See below for details!

About the Band

Auditions are open to students in grades 6, 7, and 8 who play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, or drum set. Jazz students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are encouraged to prepare the required solo and audition for the ensemble. The auditioned band meets for three rehearsals and presents a concert with the Youth Honors Concert Band in the Reichgut Concert Hall in Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center. The Jazz Band will be directed by Dr. Chris Marra, Director of Instrumental Activities at Seton Hill University.

To allow students to audition for and participate in both of Seton Hill’s Youth Honors Bands (Concert Band and Jazz Band), auditions will be held on the same day but rehearsals and concerts for the Jazz Band will be held on different days.  The Jazz Band will perform on a concert with the Seton Hill University Faculty Jazz Ensemble.  The Concert Band and Orchestra will perform on a concert together.

There is a fee of $10 to audition and a fee of $65 to participate if selected for the band.  

Click here to download the list of required audition pieces (PDF).

Click here for the online Jazz Band Audition Registration Form

Click here for the Forms & Document page

Photos of SHU Youth Honors Jazz Band

 For more information, please contact the Director of Community Music at 724-552-2923 or