The Southeastern Regional Concert Festival is designed for middle and high school bands interested in an exciting, educational, life-changing experience. This opportunity provides the same world-class offerings as the Music for All National Festival such as master classes, featured concerts, and scheduled concert observations. Nationally renown evaluators will clinic each performing ensemble. We accept applications from ensembles throughout the U.S., not just the Southeast.
A Legacy of Excellence
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 Georgia State University collaborate together to present the Southeastern Regional Concert Festival for bands and orchestras. This Festival is an integral part of their ongoing work to advance student excellence and to support advocacy of music and arts education.
A Non-Competitive Experience
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. Ensembles that perform at the Festival are recognized as being among the finest in the Southeastern Region of the United States. Participation is a “credential” worth having. The preparation process itself can have a positive affect on your music program.