38th Concert Band Festival

February 24-25, 2020

  • 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.
  • NEW: Spots are reserved upon receiving paymemnt.
  • Registration Fee: $250 per ensemble.
  • Invoices will be provided to each school upon registration
  • Verification of acceptance and more information will be forthcoming
  • Festival Application 

Guest Artist:


Demondrae Thurman

  • Professor of Euphonium, Indiana University and Samford University
  • Miraphone artist who has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. 
  • Resident assistant conductor of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra
  • He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Guest Clinicians


Dr. Kaitlin Bove

  • Director of Bands at Pierce College in Puyallup, WA.
  • Former band and orchestra director at Payson High School and Mt. Nebo Middle School in Payson, UT
  • Degrees: University of the Pacific & University of Kentucky
  • Founder of the And We Were Heard initiative which matches underrepresented composers of wind band literature with volunteer ensembles in order to generate quality recordings of the music of diverse compositional voices.


Dr. Christin Reardon MacLellan

  • Director of the University of British Columbia Concert Winds
  • Director of Education & Community Programs for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Taught band, choir, and general music in the public schools of Manitoba
  •  President of the Coalition for Music Education in BC, she works closely with teachers, community members, and arts organizations to protect, promote, and advance music education in BC schools.

  • Dr. Reardon MacLellan earned her masters degree in music education from Indiana University, where she taught undergraduate courses in music education and was a university supervisor for student teachers. 

UM Faculty Clinicians