Youth Honor Band
The Rockford Wind Ensemble established the Youth Honor Band program in the first year of the organization's founding. Approximately 60 students participate in the program each year. Participating students are nominated by their band directors and selected for the ensemble by a committee of Rockford Wind Ensemble players.
The Youth Honor Band is led by a guest conductor who is selected by the Rockford Wind Ensemble board of directors. The ensemble meets for a full day of rehearsals including sectional rehearsals led by members of the Rockford Wind Ensemble. The experience culminates with a performance with the Rockford Wind Ensemble.