This upcoming summer, 9th-grade band students throughout Florida will have the opportunity to perform as members of the FBA 2024 Nine Star Honor Band. The ensemble will be conducted by FBA Active Associate Member Chandler Wilson, Director of Bands at Stetson University. 

Nomination Forms and Participant contracts are generated through MPA Online. Log in and click "Nine Star Honor Band Nominations." No payment is needed upfront. 

Once students are accepted into the ensemble, the director will be responsible for registering students/chaperones as part of their FBA Summer Conference registration (available on the FBA website soon). The cost will be $20.00 per accepted student and $15.00 per chaperone. At least one registered chaperone is needed per school in addition to the school's Band Director.

Please remember:

  • You are encouraged to make hotel reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld for your students and chaperones at the convention rate utilizing the FBA website.
  • Any questions should be directed to Armand Navarro at 


  • The Director must be a current member of the FBA and attend the FBA Summer Conference (July 16-17, 2024) if students are selected.
  • Students must be currently in the 9th grade in your band program during the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Nominations open on March 15, 2024
    • Directors may nominate up to five students, ranked in order of ability. Please include color instruments in your selection.
    • Director must submit a brief description for each student nominated stating the student's musical aptitude, achievements, etc. in the space provided on the nomination form. Student solo/ensemble evaluation and band MPA evaluation will be considered, as will individual music awards, honors, and achievements.
    • Nomination forms must be sent to the email address listed in the nomination form generated in MPA Online.
  • Nominations close on April 15, 2024. Incomplete, incorrect, or late nomination forms will not be considered.
  • Results will be posted in MPA Online on May 1, 2024.
    • All accepted participants must complete and return a Nine Star Participant Contract to the email address listed in the nomination form generated in MPA Online..
    • Students, chaperones, and directors must register by June 1, 2024.



Sample Nine Star Honor Band Schedule:

Schedule subject to change. All of the Nine Star Honor Band events will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld.

Tuesday July 16, 2024

  • 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM - Registration
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Rehearsal
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - Lunch (may be altered to stagger with Nine Star Band)
  • 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM - Rehearsal

Wednesday July 17, 2024

  • 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Rehearsal
  • 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Lunch (as above)
  • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Rehearsal
  • 4:00 PM - Call Time for Concert
  • 5:00 PM - Seven Star Concert