National Concert Band Festival

Part of the Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha

Friday, March 31-Sunday, April 2, 2023
Indianapolis, IN

Participating students experience an atmosphere of mutual respect while enjoying concerts from other outstanding ensembles. The Festival’s dress code and standards of conduct enhance the world-class atmosphere of the Festival. Ensembles that perform at the Festival are recognized as being among the finest in the nation. Participation is a “credential” worth having. The preparation process itself can have a positive effect on your music program.

Performance Opportunities for High School Concert Bands

The National Concert Band Festival offers three performance stage opportunities for high school concert bands:

  • Featured Bands perform in beautiful Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University as the main National Concert Band Festival stage.
  • Invited Bands – designed for bands that want the opportunity for growth and enrichment, but might not feel ready to apply for the Featured Band stage invitation. An in-depth educational experience, the Invited Band experience also includes a performance and post-concert clinic.
  • Small School Stage
  • Middle School Concert Bands

Small School Stage Debuts in 2023

Music for All estimates that about 68% of America’s high schools with music programs have school enrollment of less than 1,400 in grades 9-12. This is a vast number of schools serving students through music that have resources and situations that may be different than those in larger enrollment schools. We applaud the music educators providing arts education to students in schools of all sizes.

In 2023, Music for All is presenting a stage at the Music for All National Festival for ensembles from schools with enrollment of 1,400 or fewer in grades 9-12. Applying ensembles may select consideration for this Small School Stage or select to be considered for the Featured or Invited Ensemble stages with schools of all sizes.

Bands selected to participate in the National Concert Band Festival are strongly encouraged to consider repertoire in the National Concert Band Festival Core Repertoire Guide.