The 10th Anniversary Festival will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
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. If you would like to participate in the festival band, please check back at a later date for registration materials.
More details are available on the Festival Band page.
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 Theatre, 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.
The Festival Band conductor for 2014 will be Don Wilcox.
Don Wilcox was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma on a Friday the 13th in an Oklahoma dust storm, while his dad was conducting a band concert! Don’s father, who is a member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Hall of Fame, was the director of the outstanding Wewoka High School Band for eleven years before his tragic death in a plane crash at the age of 37.
Don spent four years playing under Dr. William D. Revelli at the University of Michigan, and following graduation in 1958 he taught in California, Kansas, and West Virginia for a total of 48 years – the last 35 as Director of Bands at West Virginia University.
Under his direction, the WVU Wind Symphony performed numerous special concerts for regional and national conventions of the ABA, CBDNA, MENC, and WASBE, and toured nationally. The Mountaineer Marching Band was the 1997 recipient of the Sudler Trophy, and the WVU Alumni Band has toured Europe five times, performing concerts from Scandinavia to Greece.
Professor Wilcox is the recipient of WVU’s Outstanding Teacher Award, the 1993 Golden Apple Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Heebink Award for Outstanding Service to the University and the State of West Virginia. He received special citations from four Governors for his contributions to the state of West Virginia and at WVU’s 2008 commencement was awarded the University’s highest honor when he was inducted into the Order of Vandalia.
Wilcox is the recipient of the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation and is a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota. In 1997 he was awarded the Distinguished Service To Music Medal from the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi, and in 2006 was named National Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year by Phi Beta Mu. In 2011 he received the Midwest Clinic’s Medal of Honor.
In a teaching and conducting career spanning over half a century, Mr. Wilcox has worked with musicians of all ages and abilities, conducting bands from one-room schools in rural Appalachia to several of the major concert halls in the world, and in all 50 states and 23 foreign countries. He has conducted each of the major Service bands in Washington, and in the fall of 2008 he returned to Tokyo, Japan for his fifth time as guest conductor of the renowned Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble.
Mr. Wilcox has former students in major positions across the country, and has served as guest conductor or visiting lecturer at more than 80 universities in the United States, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Australia and China. In retirement he conducts the Northport Community Band in Michigan, where he and Kaye Jean live on the shore of Lake Michigan.