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UIC Concert Band Festival

UIC Concert Band Festival

Friday, March 10, 2023
Student Center East, Illinois Room
750 S. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60607
9:00am – 5:00pm: Festival Performances and Clinics
7:00pm: Festival Concert featuring UIC Wind Ensemble; Julian Bliss, guest soloist; John Mackey, guest composer

The annual UIC Concert Band Festival is open to all middle and high school bands. Ensembles are featured in an on-campus performance, receive written and verbal feedback, and participate in an in-depth clinic with festival clinicians. Bands of all ability levels are encouraged to participate.  


  • Roxanne Stevenson, Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands, Chicago State University
  • Erica Neidlinger, Associate Professor and Wind Conductor, DePaul University


  • 30-minute performance block. Clinicians will provide written comments
  • 30-minute clinic block with a clinician after your performance
  • Ensembles have the option to receive performance ratings (I, II, or III) and comments or receive comments only
  • Participants are asked to attend the performances of at least two other ensembles
  • Participants are invited to attend the Festival Concert featuring the UIC Wind Ensemble with Julian Bliss, guest soloist and John Mackey, guest composer


  • First come, first-served basis up to 16 ensembles
  • Early registration deadline: February 3, 2023
  • Early registration fee: $200/ensemble
  • Registration deadline: February 24, 2023
  • Registration fee: $250
  • Payments can be made online or by check

Programming and Scheduling

  • Please plan to program a maximum of 20 minutes of music, including time between pieces
  • Plan to provide three sets of scores for the clinicians on the day of performance
  • On the application, please indicate your group’s preferred performance time
  • We encourage you to include time in your schedule to listen to other bands, and explore the campus

Accepted ensembles will receive a welcome packet including:

  • Personalized event and performance schedule
  • Directions to campus with parking information
  • Local dining options within Student Center East
  • Load-in and load-out instructions
  • List of UIC-provided percussion equipment