2024 “Three Rivers Community Band Festival”

Saturday, April 6th, 2024

Franklin Regional High School — 3200 School Rd, Murrysville, PA 15668

Concert starts at 2:00pm in the HS Auditorium — Doors open at 1:00pm

Free and Open to the Public


Performances by:

  • Community Band South
  • East Winds Symphonic Band
  • North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band
  • 2024 Festival Band

Program host:  WQED-FM’s Jim Cunningham


We thank you for your interest in being a part of the 2024 Festival Band! Any questions or inquiries can be emailed to festival@ewsb.org.

There will be a festival band made up of area musicians again this year; there will be a rehearsal in the morning before the festival. More details are available on the Festival Band page. Download our flyer!


Three Rivers Community Band Festival receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Festival Band conductor for 2024 will be Steve Baldanzi. Steve Baldanzi is the Music Director for the Allegheny Brass Band and is currently the director of bands at North Allegheny High School. Mr. Baldanzi is involved with various community groups including Stage 62 Theater Company in Carnegie. Mr. Baldanzi is currently a member of PMEA, MENC, and the International Trumpet Guild.


The “Three Rivers Community Band Festival” is a proud member of the American Concert Band Association.

The mission of the Association of Concert Bands is to foster excellence in Concert Band music through performance, education, and advocacy.

Dr. Stephen Gage was the Festival Band conductor in 2016. Dr. Stephen L. Gage had served as Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands & Orchestra at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music since 1993. In fall 2014, Dr. Gage was appointed as the conductor of the YSU Dana Symphony Orchestra in addition to his work with the YSU Wind Ensemble and the Dana Chamber Winds & Strings. He was the head of the MM in Instrumental Conducting program.

"Love Music" 

Dr. Stephen Gage 1956-2023



Community Band South

The Three Rivers Community Band Festival was begun in order to highlight the community bands in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. The first festival, sponsored by the East Winds Symphonic Band, was presented on April 4, 2004 at the Upper St. Clair Theater, and was a phenomenal success. The festival has since been an annual tradition each spring.

To be placed on the mailing list, or if you have comments or questions, please email festival @ ewsb.org.