The man who disparages music as a luxury and non-essential is doing the nation an injury. Music now, more than ever before, is a national need.

Woodrow Wilson

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It's a Grand Night for Music!

High School Honor Groups

Grand Night for Music is Kern County's high school honor band, honor orchestra, and festival choir event.  The best students from across the county are brought together under the wing of a guest conductor, giving a culminating performance in January.

Dates for the 2019-2020 Grand Night event are as follows:

Monday, December 9 -- Auditions for woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings at east High School

Saturday, January 11 -- Rehearsal

Saturday, January 25 -- Rehearsal

Monday, Janurary 27 -- Rehearsal with guest conductor

Tuesday, January 28 -- Final rehearsal and performance

I am a....

Music Educator

  • Download all applicable materials from the box on the left. 

  • Provide students with their audition materials and application.

  • Help to audition students in December.

  • Check back for rehearsal and performance dates!

Music Student

  • Download all applicable materials from the box on the left. 

  • Turn in your application form when you arrive at your audition.

  • Check with your teacher to see if you made the ensemble.

  • Put the rehearsal days and times in your calendar!

Need more info?

Contact the chairs of the Grant Night ensembles for more information.


Kristin Torres, Chairperson

Golden Valley High School

Geoff Ruud, Co-Chair

Highland High School


Matt Ouska, Chairperson

Centennial High School

Scott Dirkse, Co-Chair

Stockdale High School


Christy Rohayem, Chairperson

East Bakersfield High School

David Ortiz, Co-Chair

Foothill High School