37th Concert Band Festival

February 25-26, 2019

  • Stimulating and enriching experience in an educational atmosphere.
  • Get feedback from some of the profession's top educators.
  • Over 100 bands from 50 schools from four states have attended since 2008.
  • Over 90% of the schools return to the festival the following year!


  • 30-minute performance block in the 1,100 seat Dennison Theatre.  UM Faculty clinicians will provide written comments.
  • 30-minute clinic block with guest clinicians after your performance.
  • 60-minute clinic from guest artist presented at 12:00 p.m. Monday & Tuesday.
  • 45-minute performance by UM Symphonic Wind Ensemble featuring the guest artist in the Dennison Theatre at 1:00 p.m. Monday & Tuesday.


  • First come, first served basis up to 24 bands.
  • Applications and payments must be received by  Friday, February 15, 2019.
  • Registration Fee: $225 per ensemble.
  • Invoices will be provided to each school upon registration
  • Verification of acceptance and more information will be forthcoming
  • Festival Application 

Guest Artist:


Natalie Mannix

  • Professor of Trombone, Univerversity of North Texas
  • Former principal trombone, Delaware Symphony. Performed with Baltimore, National and Kennedy Center Symphonies, 
  • Former member, United States Navy Band
  • Graduate of University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, and Ctholic University.

Guest Clinicians


Dr. Andy Collinsworth

  • Director of Bands & Program Director of Music Education, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.
  • Taught public school band for over twenty years in California. 
  • President of the Western Division of the College Band Directors National Association.
  • Degrees: University of Nevada-Reno, Arizona State University.


Dr. Christopher Bianco

  • Director of Bands and Chair of the Music Department, Western Washington University.
  • Extensive teaching experience in Idaho, Illinois, and Minnesota 
  • President of the Northwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association.
  • Degrees: Northwestern University, University of Montana, University of Texas-Austin.

UM Faculty Clinicians

Dr. Jennifer Cooper – Woodwind Comments

 Prof. Rob Tapper – Brass/Percussion Comments