2023 “Three Rivers Community Band Festival”

Saturday March 25, 2023

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

Concert starts at 2:00pm in the HS Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public


Performances by:

  • Community Band South
  • East Winds Symphonic Band
  • Jeannette Community Band
  • 2023 Festival Band

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!


Registration was closed on February 7th. Festival Band acceptance notifications will be emailed to applicants by February 21st.

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 2023 will be James Gourlay, who returns by popular demand after conducting our Festival Band in 2012! He is now celebrating his 10th season as Artistic and General Director of the River City Brass.

Follow the link to learn more about James Gourlay.

"Love Music" 

Dr. Stephen Gage 1956-2023
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.

We keep Dr. Stephen Gage’s family in our thoughts and reflect upon the music-filled memories we all shared with him.

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.