WESTERN/OBA Intermediate honour band


The Ontario Band Association is proud to announce the formation of a regional honour band for Grade 8, 9, and 10 students in Southwestern Ontario.

This two-day event will be a great opportunity for musical enrichment and provide memories that will last a lifetime!

Acceptance into the ensemble is through teacher recommendation, not audition. Please note that there are some playing requirements  that  will be  enforced 
for this year's recommendations.

Music will be sent out to the participants in advance of the Intermediate Honour Band weekend. The Overall Event Price is $60.

Our music sponsor, Harknett Musical Services, is graciously providing us with a huge discount on black leatherette folders. Regular retail price of the folder with the “Western/OBA Intermediate Honour Band” embossing would cost upwards of $30 but we are offering them for only $22. This is truly a great price and I am very appreciative to Harknett Music for this discount.


  • Rehearse at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music in their new building!

  • Perform for family and friends in the Paul Davenport Theatre on the Western Campus.

  • Learn from some of Ontario’s most distinguished music specialists.

  • Enjoy a free concert by Western University chamber groups.

  • Receive a T-shirt to commemorate the event.

  • Meet new friends from all over the region.

  • Make some great music and create some great memories!


At this time, our October 2021 event is currently postponed due to the course of the pandemic. We are really disappointed to miss out on our annual event yet again, but must do what is safe for our participants. While our event is currently on hiatus, we remain committed to providing programming during the 2021-2022 school year.


Stay tuned as we announce this year’s programming plan within the next few months.

Matt Rodnick, Event Director

playing requirements

  • Students must have at least five months of playing experience on their instrument.

  • Concert B-flat Chromatic Scale - Ascending and Descending

  • Students must be familiar with both F major and E-flat major scales. The E-flat major scale (split octave for brass if necessary).

  • Students are recommended to have experience with A-flat and D-flat major scales (optional).

  • If percussionists do not have access to mallet percussion instruments, the scale requirements will be waived.