Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival

The annual Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival is historically held each Spring and features four outstanding wind ensembles conducting standalone performances of Percy Grainger literature in an afternoon matinée performance historically held in Chicago’s Historic Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. In addition to the performance, each ensemble will have a private clinic with Dr. Mallory Thompson, director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program at Northwestern University.

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

Ensembles will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve, rolling basis. Early applicants are given preference and priority.



2023 Festival Dates

Spring 2023


Festival Highlights