These offerings are sponsored by The Penn Band (the marching/pep band of the University of Pennsylvania). In their 20th year, these opportunities are designed to recognize, reward, enrich, and inspire high school musicians (Grades 8-12) from across the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley region by providing memorable and FUN musical experiences. Acceptance to these ensembles is by nomination via high school director or private teacher. Space is limited, and nominations are accepted on a rolling basis!


To Submit by Email

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Additionally, all students who are accepted MUST bring permission slips the day of the event to participate! These forms will be provided via Docusign.

January 13th 2024 Permission Form

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January 20th 2024 Permission Form

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Band Extravaganza Day - Saturday January 13th 2024: Nomination Forms are due by January 6th

Palestra Honor Band - Saturday January 20th 2024: Nomination Forms are due by January 12th

Email forms to kgupta@upenn.edu T: 267-259-0082


The performance ensembles will accommodate the following instruments:

Clarinet (Eb or Bb,soprano, alto, bass)
Saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone, bass)
Bb Trumpets/Coronets
French Horns/Mellophones
Bass Trombone
Percussion (including pitched and miscellaneous percussion)
Electric/String Bass

A limited number of instruments are available on loan; inquire with Dr. Gupta upon acceptance.

Other Important Information

Contact Authority for the Program | The contact authority for all issues regarding the Penn Band programs is Dr. Kushol Gupta. His email is kgupta@upenn.edu, and his contact phone number is 267-259-0082.

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"How much does this cost for the student?"

There are no fees for the students or sponsoring directors/high schools for these events - the events are entirely sponsored by our organization and the University of Pennsylvania. We will ask students to "brown-bag" lunch. Tickets to the basketball game on February 4th will be made available at a group rate for those interested in attending. In both cases, students and their parents will be responsible for travel to and from the University of Pennsylvania. We will provide pizza dinners at both events for the participating students.

"What grade level of music will the students perform?"

No pun intended, but we're going play it by ear; we'll probe the ability of the groups formed - we'll start off with medium grade pieces of music and if all goes well, progress to more advanced titles as the event progresses. (We probably won't run off the concert program until a few hours before!). Past concert programs and MP3s can be seen under the multimedia portion of this website.

"Are there any requirements for the director besides completing the nomination forms?"

No - unlike Regions and All-State in some states, this opportunity for your students is not quid pro quo; all we ask is that you are as objective as possible with your evaluation of the students you nominate and encourage them to practice the parts that they are sent in the mail if accepted!
That said, all directors are welcome to participate during the day. Just contact Dr. Gupta (kgupta@upenn.edu) to make the appropriate arrangements.

"Are there any requirements for the parents?"

Just supporting the students in their participation in these events - all the effort will be lost on an empty auditorium! And as mentioned above, the parents will need to enable the students to travel to and from the Penn campus. The University City district and the city of Philadelphia itself are filled with things to do – we encourage parents and families to enjoy the day in the city while the students rehearse!

“What are the consequences of accepted students not showing up?”

Our organization absorbs considerable cost in making these events available to the students of the region. All we ask in turn is that accepted students show up!

“No-shows” will have a detrimental effect on future invitations to and participation of sponsoring high schools in future events.