Festivals, Band Camps, and Other Events

Our members host many events of their own. This calendar lists many of the Festivals, Band Camps, and other opportunities for musicians. Festivals come in all shapes and sizes from a day in the park with several bands performing (some with opportunities for individual musicians) to multi-day events with music, clinics and more. Then there are weekend or week long events just for individuals to perform under a well known conductor which may also include clinics, master classes, and speakers. Some festivals happen in the same month every year, so are listed below in the appropriate month, and specific dates will be updated.

Members, to share your Festival information, please email [email protected]

COVID-19 Impact: With many events cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are leaving the information on this page about those events that have not yet returned for 2024.

2024 Calendar

January 2024

January 9-14: Windjammers Winter Convention
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Host: Windjammers Unlimited, Inc

March 2024

March 9: The Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands
Location: Okemos, Michigan
Host: Meridian Community Band
https://www.meridiancommunityband.org/red-cedar-festival/, http://redcedarfestival.org/

March 23: East Coast Band Conference
Location: Ringgold Band's rehearsal room at 3539-A Freemont St., Laureldale, PA 19605
Host: Ringgold Band/H.E. "Kit" Crissey, Jr.

April 2024

April 6: Three Rivers Community Band Festival
Franklin Regional High School, Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Host: East Winds Symphonic Band
Guest Conductor: Steve Baldanzi

April 26-27: ACB Regional Connections Event
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
Host: Nebraska Wind Symphony
Reading Band Guest Conductor: Dr. Joshua Kearney, Director of Bands,
University of Nebraska at Omaha

April 27-28: Virginia Community Music Festival
Location: Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
Host: Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble

June 2024

June 2: National Community Band Festival
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Host: Fairfax Wind Symphony

June 8: Boston Festival of Bands
Location: Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA
Host: MetWinds

June 9-15: Band Camp for Adult Musicians
Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Conductor: Retired Col. Mike Colburn
 https://www.bcfam.org Contact: [email protected]

June 14-15: ACB Regional Connections Event
Richardson High School, Richardson, Texas
Host: Plano Community Band
Reading Band Guest Conductor: Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Director of Wind Studies, College of Music, University of North Texas

June 23-29: Band Camp for Adult Musicians
Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Conductor: Retired Col. Tim Holtan
https://www.bcfam.org Contact: [email protected]

June 19-23: Music at the Summit 
Breckenridge, Colorado, Host: Summit Concert Band
Conductors: Retired Col. Tom Rotondi Jr. & Retired Lt. Col. Beth Steele

June 26-30: Jazz at the Summit
Breckenridge, Colorado, Host: Summit Concert Band
Conductor: Antonio J. García

June 27-July 7: American Music Abroad
Community Band, Choir, & Orchestra Tour of Europe
Director Chris Memoli

July 2024

July 11-14: John Philip Sousa Foundation’s National Community Band
Knoxville, Tennessee
Administrator: Gerald Guilbeaux
Conductor: Retired Col. John Bourgeois
https://sousafoundation.net then "Projects and Awards" or email [email protected] more information.

July 13: Lake George Community Band Festival
Location: Shepard Park, Lake George Village, New York
Host: Lake George Community Band

July 15-19: Music Camp by The Roy Ernst Music Institute
Lakefield, Ontario
Advanced band, intermediate band & many ensembles & classes

July 16-21: Windjammers Summer Meet
Quad City, Iowa
Open to Windjammer Members Only

July 23-August 2: American Music Abroad Community Band, Choir, & Orchestra Tour of Europe
Director Keith Hodgson

July 24-27: Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for Concert Bands (Music difficulty: grade 3-4)
Twin Lake, Michigan
Conductors: Greg Christensen and Gail Brechting

July 26-27: Community Band By The Sea Performance
Byrne Plaza, Wildwood, New Jersey
Host: Art & Music Emporium
Conductor: Joshua E. Long

August 2024

August 13-17: Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for Concert Bands (Music difficulty: grade 4-5)
Twin Lake, Michigan
Conductors: To be announced

September 2024

September 20-21: ACB Regional Connections Event
Mabry Center for the Arts, Carrollton, Georgia
Host: Callanwolde Concert Band
Reading Band Guest Conductor: Josh Byrd, Director of Bands and
Professor of Music, University of West Georgia

September 20-22: Harold J. Crosby Band Camp
Dexter, Maine
Host: Harold J. Crosby Community Band
Conductors: Dr. Roy Ernst and Dr. Earl Lord
Information: [email protected]

October 2024

October 4-8: Roy Ernst Music Institute Music Camp
Chautauqua, New York
Advanced Band, Intermediate Band, Orchestra plus many ensembles and classes

Events from the past that are not yet scheduled for 2024 

July 8, 2023: Annual Iowa Municipal Band Festival 
Location: Boone IA
Host: Boone Municipal Band

August 3-5, 2023: Upper Peninsula Community Band Festival 
Host: Marquette City Band, Marquette, MI

October 6-8, 2023: Liberty Classic Community Band Festival 
Location: Williamsport, PA
Host: Repasz Band
Conductor: Col. Arnald Gabriel, US Air Force Band, Ret.

November 16-19, 2023: Northeast Instrumental Music Festival - Great American Community Band 
Location: Lake George, NY

June 12, 2022: Maryland Community Band Day
Location: 12 Springfield Ln, Williamsport, MD 21795-1139, United States
Host: varies among the bands in Maryland, this year Williamsport, MD Community Band

March 7, 2020:  Northwest Band Festival
Host: Beaverton Community Band

Last update March 25, 2024