Concert Band Festival: A Music for All Affiliate Regional Music Festival

Concert band members seated and dressed in concert black on the Ted Mann Concert Hall stage.
Members of the Rosemount High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Leon Sieve at the 2020 Concert Band Festival.

The 2024 Concert Band Festival will take place on Friday, March 1 AND Saturday, March 2.


The University of Minnesota Concert Band Festival will be held on the Minneapolis campus in Ted Mann Concert Hall. This non-competitive event offers an experience for high school concert band students and conductors to enhance their growth as ensemble musicians. Each participating concert band will experience an environment of mutual respect and all are offered the opportunity to enjoy performances from other concert ensembles throughout the day. Ten to twelve high school concert bands will participate and performances by University of Minnesota musicians will be featured.

2024 Performance Timeline: Friday: 4:15pm-8pm / Saturday: 8:30am-3:00pm

Each high school concert band will have a 20 minutes performance and a 45 minute clinic. Each performance will be professionally audio and video recorded. Recordings will be available to conductors shortly after the festival. Repertoire is selected by the conductors; three additional sets of scores for clinicians is required. Professional concert attire is encouraged.

Participation in the Concert Band Festival includes

  • Performance on the stage of Ted Mann Concert Hall
  • Clinic for ensemble with guest or UMN faculty clinician
  • Written comments from guest or UMN faculty clinicians
  • Opportunity to hear other ensembles perform and receive clinic
  • Audio recording of performance
  • Commemorative plaque signifying participation 
  • A full complement of large percussion equipment and a grand piano will be available.

Concert Band Festival Registration and Fees

Participation Fee is $450.00 per ensemble. This fee covers audio recording, staff, and venue expenses.

After completing the online registration form and receiving confirmation, please send check payable to the University of Minnesota to the address below. Invoices provided upon request. 

University of Minnesota School of Music
c/o Nicole Radotich 
100 Ferguson Hall
2106 Fourth St. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Stage Plot, Equipment, and Meal Needs

AFTER you receive registration confirmation, email a stage plot to and complete the equipment and meal needs form. This form indicates equipment needs and how many students will eat dinner (if you choose to dine at Middlebrook Hall on Friday). Middlebrook Dining Hall is closed on Saturday.
All visiting schools (students and faculty) are on their own for meals during the day. A few restaurants on the West Bank include Chipotle, Davanni's, Flaimin' ThaiJimmy John's, and Town Hall. View a more comprehensive list of restaurants