Northeast Concert Band Festival at IC

May 3-4, 2024 - Ford Hall, Whalen Center for Music - Ithaca College

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Northeast Concert Band Festival at IC:

A Regional Affiliate of the Music for All National Festival presented by Yamaha

Festival At A Glance

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Participation in the Northeast Concert Band Festival includes:

  • Up to a 30-minute performance on the stage of Ford Concert Hall (use as much or as little of the time as desired for your goals!)
  • Professional audio recording of the performance
  • 45-minute masterclass with IC instrumental faculty and 30-minute clinic for the ensemble with one of our guest world-renowned music educators
  • Educational commentary (written/audio) from each of the other guest music educator panelists
  • Opportunity to interact with and hear Ithaca College musicians
  • Commemorative plaque signifying participation 
  • Bands do not need to attend both days - the intent is a one-day experience scheduled Friday or Saturday.

Registration is currently open! We accept applications from ensembles throughout the U.S., not just the Northeast. No fee is due at the time of application. Details can be found in the FAQ lower on this website. Registration confirmation and additional details will be sent via email.

Tompkins County Educators are eligible for a Clynes Grant for your program to help cover application and travel costs for your ensemble! Click here for details and let Dr. Cook know if interested.

About the Festival

Launched in 1992 as Bands of America’s National Concert Band Festival, Bands of America rekindled the concert band tradition in America as exemplified by the National Band Contest in the 1930s, which drew national recognition for a young director named William D. Revelli. In an ongoing partnership, Music for All and Ithaca College collaborate together to present the Northeast Regional Concert Festival for bands.  This Festival is an integral part of their ongoing work to advance student excellence and to support advocacy of music and arts education.

Learn more about the National Concert Band Festival by clicking here.

Being invited is the achievement! The Festival’s non-competitive atmosphere provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement and mutual respect among music programs, students, parents, boosters, and administrators. Directors select their own programs; there is no required repertoire. There are no ratings or rankings so directors and their ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth and excellence, instead of focusing on a rating or placing.

Participating students experience an atmosphere of mutual respect while enjoying concerts from other outstanding ensembles. Participation is a “credential” worth having, with the preparation and process itself having a positive effect on your music program.

Concert Band Festival Registration and Fees

Registration is OPEN - CLICK HERE to open the registration window.

Participation Fee is $225 per ensemble. Schools may bring multiple ensembles. This fee covers audio recording, venue expenses, staff, and clinicians. Initial application for festival registration have a preferred deadline of January 19 to indicate interest.  Final registration with payment is accepted on a first-come, first-served until we are at capacity, with a deadline of March 18. As of November 2023, we are beginning the process of scheduling bands - please contact soon if you are interested so we can accommodate!

Bands do not need to attend both days - the intent is a one-day experience scheduled Friday or Saturday.

Multiple bands from the same school are encouraged to attend, and this event welcomes bands of all ages and levels.

Tompkins County Educators are eligible for a Clynes Grant for your program to help cover application and travel costs for your ensemble! Click here for details and let Dr. Cook know if interested.

After completing the online registration form and receiving confirmation, please either complete the form for online payment or send a check payable to Ithaca College to the address below. Invoices can be provided upon request. 

Ithaca College
School of Music, Theather, and Dance
c/o Daniel Cook, DMA
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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Dr. Daniel Cook

Director of Bands, Ithaca College