The 2017 Festival will be held on Saturday, April 14th, 2018.
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!
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.
Dr. Otis C. French serves as the Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at the University of Mount Union, where he directs the Purple Raider Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and teaches music education courses. Originally from Berea, KY, Dr. French entered the Army Music Program in 1978, and served for over 24 years. He performed as a Euphonium soloist with Army bands in New Jersey, Virginia, and Korea, before being selected to become an officer and conductor. He commanded Army bands in Texas, Heidelberg Germany, and Atlanta, GA. Dr. French also commanded the Staff and Faculty Company of the Army Element School of Music, while also serving as the Army Training Liaison Officer. While in Atlanta he commanded the prestigious Army Ground Forces Band, and served as the Army Forces Command Staff Bands Officer, where he managed over 120 Army National Guard and Reserve bands. He retired at the rank of Major in 2002.
Dr. French has served as Director of Bands at the college level in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin prior to his appointment at Mount Union, and has served as an assistant high school band director in Pennsylvania. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music Degree in Conducting from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, Euphonium soloist, and marching band show designer.
Dr. French has served as a board member for the Conductor’s Guild, where he also performed duties as editor for Podium Notes, that organizations quarterly newsletter. He also was a founding board member of the Pocono Chamber Music and Flute Societies. He has given professional presentations on conducting at National and State Music Education conferences, and has had his ensembles selected to perform at state and national conferences as well. Additionally, Dr. French was awarded the Citation for Musical Excellence by the National Band Association.