DoDEA Pacific students are selected through a highly selective audition process. This entertaining and collaborative week-long festival brings together the finest student musicians. The week is filled with rehearsals and culminates with a closing concert.The final concert is free and open to the public.
The Music Festival had its beginnings in the 1970s when High School band directors brought together selected students from several different Pacific schools to form a combined Honor Band.
In 1980, the event was officially named the Far East Regional Honor Band Festival and included 60 students from 13 high schools located in mainland Japan, Korea, Okinawa and the Philippines. In 1987 an Honor Choir was added and the event was renamed the DODDS Pacific Regional Far East Honor Music Festival.
In 2008, the Festival was expanded to include a Jazz Band and String Orchestra. November of 2010 saw the debut of the Far East Honor Jazz Festival as a separate event, and the DODEA Pacific Far East Honor Music Festival featuring a Concert Band, Concert Choir, and String Orchestra took its present shape.