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Tri-State Band Festival and Conducting Conference, December 3rd - December 6th 2015


The 35th annual Florida State University TRI-STATE BAND FESTIVAL AND CONDUCTING CONFERENCE is designed to provide rewarding musical experiences for high school band students and their directors. Each year the festival features nationally and internationally renowned guest conductors and resident Florida State University faculty in a busy schedule of concerts, master classes, and professional clinics.

The conductors for the 2015 Tri-State Festival are Rebecca Phillips (Colorado State University), Travis J. Cross (University of California, Los Angeles), Bradley P. Ethington (Syracuse University), James M. Sammons (Vero Beach High School), and Jim Ketch (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

Students interested in this year’s Honors Jazz Ensemble must submit a recorded audition. In order to be considered for this ensemble, student recordings must be received by October 1st. 

The Conducting Conference has become an eagerly anticipated event for band directors in the Tri-State area. This conference includes clinic sessions with each of the festival conductors, Dr. Patrick Dunnigan, Director of Bands at FSU, and Professor Richard Clary, Director of Wind Studies and Senior Band Director at FSU.

The festival’s concert series begins on Thursday afternoon with a performance by the award-winning FSU Jazz Ensemble in Opperman Music Hall. The Prism Concerts, an annual 90-minute non-stop wind and percussion extravaganza, will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The festival concludes on Sunday afternoon with performances by the Honors Jazz Ensemble in Opperman Music Hall and the four concert bands in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

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