Honors Festivals

Outside of Marina High School, our students participate in various festivals hosted by local universities and by our district.

Marina students with CSUB Conductor Dr. Leo Sakomoto

The Huntington Beach District Honor Band is a group of highly skilled musicians from the various high schools within the district. The group is an audition-only ensemble, and Marina is well represented every year. The group practices together in only 6 rehearsals. A guest conductor works with the ensemble leading up to an unforgettable performance at the historic Huntington Beach High School auditorium.

Marina student during a cello master class at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

The CSULB Bob Cole Conservatory of Music also hosts an annual Honors Festival in the famous Carpenter Center in the heart of Long Beach. To be a part of the group, students audition with a video recording of themselves. Both string students and concert band students have enjoyed the 3-day rehearsals that take place the first weekend of the year. Famous guest soloists, recently including Eric Marienthal and Andy Martin, perform with the ensemble which yields a unique performance.


The Musco Center for the Arts opened March 2016, and Marina students were among the first of honor students to perform in it. 

Additionally, Chapman University hosts a 1-day Honors Festival with students all over Southern California. Master classes are held by the university’s professors, and students get to perform in the new Musco Center of The Arts. To perform in this ensemble, students are nominated by their band directors and are then accepted by Chapman.


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