The 2016 Festival will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Doors open at 1:45 PM and the concert begins at 2:30 PM.


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.

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.

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Gage_Stephen Bio Photo August 2012-3-smallThe Festival Band conductor for 2016 will be Dr. Steve Gage. 

Dr. Gage has 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, the Dana Chamber Winds & Strings and his position as the head of the MM in Instrumental Conducting program. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Eastman School of Music, and the State University of New York at Fredonia where he also earned the Performers Certificate and was a concerto winner.  Steve studied conducting with Harry John Brown, Donald Hunsberger, David Effron, Roy Ernst, James Keene, H. Robert Reynolds, and Paul Vermel. In September 2012, Dr. Gage was appointed as the Conductor of the W. D. Packard Concert Band in Warren, Ohio. He begins his 22nd season as the Edward Zacharias Memorial Chair/Conductor of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previous teaching positions include serving as Director of Bands & Orchestra at Emporia State University (KS) and as Director of Bands at Auburn High School (NY).

Professor Gage has written numerous published articles on conducting, rehearsal techniques, and wind band literature, and he is an active wind band and orchestral guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of international repute. He has guest conducted and cliniced high school honor bands and orchestras as well as a number of university wind bands and orchestras throughout the United States. His list of guest conducting appearances includes the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Band: “Pershing’s Own”, and the U.S. Army Field Band & Chorus among others. The list also
includes experiences in Canada, Ireland, and in 34 states. Dr. Gage has received critical acclaim from a number of distinguished composers, including a number of Pulitzer prize winners: Joseph Schwanter, Carter Pann, John Mackey, Samuel Adler, Karel Husa, Frank Ticheli, John Mackey, Michael Colgrass, Donald Grantham, D.J. Sparr, Jerry Ascione, and David Gillingham for his interpretation and recordings of their music. Steve’s professional affiliations include memberships in the CBDNA, NBA, OMEA/MENC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Gage has been inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters and was named as both Distinguished Professor and Faculty Mentor of the Year at YSU; he is currently on the NBA Foundation Board of Directors. In 2012, Gage was awarded the Marty Manning Faculty Mentor Award at the University. Steve and the YSU Wind Ensemble made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2005 and the group has produced seven CD recordings. The sixth CD in this series, Urban Requiem, was released on the NAXOS International Recording Label in June 2008 and the seventh, Old Wine In New Bottles was released by NAXOS in August 2012. Both of these NAXOS recordings have earned critical praise from numerous critical reviewers and represented composers for their artistically convincing performances and musical and technical quality.

Steve lives in Poland, Ohio with his wife, Stephanie, and two of his three
children, Claudia and Brendan. Gage’s son, Matthew, and granddaughter, Zoey, live in Austin, Texas.