Announcing the 8th Annual Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival

March 3-4, 2017 | Chicago’s Orchestra Hall

The Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival is quickly becoming a classic event in Chicago.  Since 2010, the concert finale of this event has featured some of the finest wind ensembles from across North America performing amazing renditions of Grainger’s masterpieces for band.

We’re thrilled to announce that we are accepting applications for participation in next year’s festival, which will take place March 3-4, 2017.

Our vision for the festival is to celebrate the unique, beautiful, eccentric, fanciful, thrilling, haunting, and fun-loving music that only Grainger could have composed for band.

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Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival Performance

Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival Performance

The Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival Performance in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center was something that none of us will ever forget. The trip was a highlight of my 35 year teaching career.

Dr. Steven Barnett, Former Director of Bands, Marshall University

 This annual two-day event features four select wind ensembles performing as part of a matinee concert in Chicago’s historic Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center – home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Each ensemble also joins a noted band conductor for a personalized, one-on-one clinic in advance of the performance.

In addition to performing on stage at Orchestra Hall, each participating ensemble will also take part in a personalized, one-on-one clinic with an outstanding band conductor.

All band selections are made through Music Celebrations, and every effort will be made to ensure that each ensemble’s program will not overlap onto one another.

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Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival Performance

Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival Performance

A concert performance in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall must be seen as a special, life-changing experience for most instrumental ensembles. The history of the venue, the magnificent aesthetic, and the brilliant acoustic make this an experience worthy of the time, work, and effort it takes to travel across the country.

Dr. Glen Hemberger, Director of Bands, Southeastern Louisiana University

Ensembles are accepted on a first-come, first-serve, rolling basis. Early applicants are given priority review, and applications are no longer reviewed once four bands have been accepted.

Interested in participation?

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