The 2020 Festival will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The Festival returns to the Upper St. Clair Theater with a new performance start time of 2:00 PM.

Watch this space for details later in the month of November!

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!

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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The Festival Band conductor for 2019 will be Christopher Nichter. 

Christopher Nichter is currently the 14th Director of Bearcat Bands at the University of Cincinnati. Previously, he held for 10 years the position of Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He served the WVU School of Music as the Founder and Director of the Mountaineer Music Academy, Director of the Concert Band, Assistant Director of the 360-member Sudler Award-winning “Pride of West Virginia,” the Mountaineer Marching Band and the 70-member Basketball Pep Band, and Assistant Conductor of the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. In addition, Mr. Nichter instructed Music Arranging for Public School Groups, Fundamentals of Conducting, Conducting and Score Interpretation, and private conducting and band repertory study.

Guest conducting appearances have included high school All-County Bands in West Virginia counties Boone, Fayette, Harrison, and Wyoming, the Region One Middle School Honor Band in Wheeling, and the Region Nine High School Honor Band in Martinsburg. Other appearances have occurred with high school bands and honor groups in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. Ensembles ranging in size and stature from the WVU Marching Band to small, rural high school bands have performed his arrangements and drill for marching band and he serves as an active adjudicator and clinician.

Mr. Nichter possesses a Master of Music in Conducting degree with interest in wind band/ensemble literature and a Bachelor of Music in Education degree, Magna Cum Laude, both from West Virginia University. He has studied conducting with John Hendricks, Kathleen Shannon, Don Wilcox, Harvey Felder, and Lawrence Christianson. Prior to his present at WVU, Mr. Nichter served as the Graduate Assistant for the WVU Bands and the Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Maryland. His teaching responsibilities at Fort Hill included an extremely active and successful concert and marching band program as well as jazz, percussion, and string ensembles.

Mr. Nichter was a four-year member of the WVU Marching Band as an undergraduate, and he earned the distinction of being named the ensemble’s Outstanding Section Leader (tuba) in 2002. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, and Ohio Music Educators Association. He is an honorary Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi (Omicron 2007), Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Epsilon Sigma 2013, Province 39 Governor 2016-2017), and Phi Beta Mu (Tau 2016).