Northern Festival of Bands 2019
The Northern Festival of Bands is an annual weekend wind band festival for high school band students, who perform in bands led by nationally renown conductors, participate in masterclasses and workshops with UNI faculty and students, and experience performances given by UNI's outstanding ensembles.
This year the festival will be held February 7-9, 2019. The festival features performances by the UNI Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band on Friday evening, as well as Saturday afternoon’s performance by high school participants featuring solo competition winners, percussion groups, Festival Concert Band and Festival Symphony Band.
High school performers are divided into three bands: Wind Orchestra, Symphony Band, and Concert Band. The Wind Orchestra consists primarily of All-State Band members, the Symphony Band is mostly older students around 11-12th grade and Concert Band is typically 9-10th grade. However, there will be some crossover due to the need to create an instrumentation for three outstanding ensembles.
2019 Guest Conductors and Festival Ensembles
Wind Orchestra - Fergus O'Carroll, Royal Irish Academy of Music (Dublin, Ireland)
Symphony Band - Brad Ethington, Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
Concert Band - Erin Holmes, Farmington High School (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Festival Percussion Ensemble - Ryan Frost and Matthew Andreini, conductors
The Application Process
The Northern Festival of Bands offers three festival bands: the Wind Orchestra, Symphony Band, and Concert Band. The Percussion Ensemble is selected from the three festival bands. Students are selected on the basis of the application forms submitted by each school and director. In recent years, we have received over 400 applications with approximately 100 selected for each band.
We request that each school submit at least two names for consideration.
Applications should be made by the school band director. In some cases an individual student may wish to attend even if their school is not attending. In these cases the application must still be made by the high school band director or by the student with the high school band director's oversight. This is to ensure that participating students are members of their school band and have the permission of the director and school prior to attending. In the event that the director does not attend the festival, an adult chaperone must attend with the student due to the overnight nature of the festival.
Applications will be submitted via our website. Applications should be completed by Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Application Instructions (please note that we changed application process for last year's festival, and with positive feedback from directors have kept the process the same for the 2019):
There are two steps for the application process:
1. Download and complete the NFB Student Nomination Form
2. Then visit the School Registration Form to provide school and director information and to attach the completed Nomination Form.
Prior to completing the Nomination Form, we ask that directors ensure that students are aware of festival dates and are committed to these dates in the event they are selected. Students are expected to attend the entire festival, since it is impossible to create an artistic performing experience in such a limited time without complete attendance.
Students accepted for either of the festival bands will audition for chair placement between 4:00 pm and 6:45 pm on Thursday afternoon, February 7. In order to complete these auditions in time for the rehearsal and to accommodate those driving long distances, we will use the following audition schedule:
4:00-5:00 pm – Schools within a 50 mile radius of UNI
5:00-6:00 pm – Schools within a 100 mile radius of UNI
6:00-6:45 pm – Schools outside a 100 mile radius of UNI
Audition material will be sent with the notification of selection.
Performance dress will be the attire normally worn by each school for performances.
Senior students accepted to the festival who wish to study music at UNI are welcome to audition for the Solo Competition. The winner will perform at the final festival concert on Saturday afternoon and receive and an offer of a music scholarship not to exceed $6000.00 over a four year period. The award is limited to students who wish to pursue a music degree at the University of Northern Iowa.
There is a place on the nomination form to indicate students wishing to audition for the Solo Competition.
The UNI School of Music will provide an accompanist for the audition and the performance on Saturday. Each student is responsible for providing the piano accompaniment music.
Students - $35.00 per student
Conductors - $30.00
The fees include a Saturday banquet meal, festival music, conductor fees, and other event costs.
The complete schedule will be available at Registration on your arrival. Currently, the following time frames are in place:
2019 NFB Schedule
Thursday, February 7
4:00-6:30 pm Auditions
7:00-9:00 pm Rehearsal I
Friday, February 8
8:30-12:00 noon Rehearsals and Concerts
1:30-4:00 pm Rehearsals and Concerts
7:30 Concert - UNI Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band
Saturday, February 9
9:00-11:00 Rehearsals and Concerts
12:00 noon Festival Banquet
2:00 pm Final Festival Concert
If you need further information, please contact Meredith Tipping at email@example.com