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Virginia Tech Concert Band Festival - April 27, 2024

High school students performing on stage at Moss Arts Center.

Virginia Tech Concert Band Festival
Saturday, April 27, 2024

You and your students will perform in a world-class facility, the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Moss Arts Center, a 1200-seat performance hall with acoustics ideal for large ensembles. Without the constraints of ratings or placements, you and your students can enjoy performing in an amazing venue and working with remarkable clinicians.

For the $500 registration fee, each ensemble will receive:

  • Up to a 25-minute performance on stage. The program is the director's choice.
  • A 20-minute clinic on stage with Derek Shapiro, Director of Bands at Virginia Tech
  • A 30-minute clinic with one of the festival clinicians
  • Recorded comments from two clinicians
  • A high-quality audio and video recording of your performance, including a conductor-side camera
  • Videos of your clinics
  • Free admission for audience members who wish to view the concerts

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will close on March 8. Interested ensembles are encouraged to apply early to guarantee a performance slot, as we expect slots to fill.

Guest clinicians this year are:

Craig Kirchhoff

Craig Kirchhoff, Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Director Emeritus of University Bands - University of Minnesota

Donald McKinney

Donald McKinney, Director of Bands - University of Colorado Boulder

Tonya Mitchell Spradlin

Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, Director of Wind Band Studies - Penn State University

Damon Talley

Damon Talley, Director of Bands - Louisiana State University

Note: we are not directly affiliated with any of these hotels.

Like any college campus, parking at Virginia Tech can be challenging without a plan.  On Saturday and Sunday, all spaces are open without permits and parking is free, but Friday requires some planning. We cannot reimburse or forgive any parking tickets.

Parking for drop-off is the parking meters behind Squires on Alumni Mall

Parking is available at the Chicken Hill parking lot for $8 a day by using the ParkMobile app.