The 12th annual Three Rivers Community Band Festival will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, and again will feature a Festival Band as one of four performing bands. The Festival Band is comprised of players from numerous community bands throughout the region. No audition is necessary; players must only complete a registration form and pay a small fee. The goal of the Festival Band is to include as many players as possible from the widest number of area groups–and to have a great time making music together!
Marty Sharer is director of bands and an assistant professor of music at California University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the marching band, concert band, and jazz ensemble and teaches courses for the Commercial Music Technology degree. Dr. Sharer previously taught at Campbellsville University, where he served as assistant professor of music, director of percussion studies, director of the jazz ensemble, and assistant director of the marching band.
Please mail completed forms to:
Three Rivers Community Band Festival
c/o Susan Craft
208 Henry Ave
Sewickley, PA 15143
Deadline: Your registration is due by February 15th, and Festival Band acceptance notifications will be emailed to applicants March 1st.
If you do not provide an email address, you will be notified either by phone or US Mail. We are planning for a full, balanced symphonic band that represents as many community bands as possible; although we hope to accept all applicants, this may not be possible for balance reasons.
If you play multiple instruments, please list all you are willing to play in the Festival Band on the registration form. This will help us balance instrumentation as well as enhance the likelihood of your participation.
Fee: There is a $20 fee to cover music costs and breakfast/lunch expenses. If we have to turn you away, we will return your registration fee.
Please include payment with your registration form.
Refunds: If you are unable to play in the Festival Band after being notified of your placement, you have until April 18th to let us know. After that time you will not receive a refund.
To be eligible, you must:
- Play in a community band
- Be willing to come to the morning rehearsal (report at 8:30 AM, rehearsal 9 – 11:30 AM)
The following is a rough outline of the day of the festival. Exact times will be posted as they are finalized.
Check-in and Breakfast: Starting at 8:30 am, you may check in and enjoy a light breakfast (included in registration fee) in the cafeteria.
Rehearsal: 9 am to approx. 11:30 am with the guest conductor in the auditorium.
Lunch: A luncheon (included in registration fee) will be held between the Festival Band Rehearsal and the start of the concerts during which musicians can meet, socialize, and discuss issues pertaining to community bands.
Performance: The Festival Band will be performing first at 2:30 pm. If you need to leave after the Festival Band performance, you may, but we hope you will stay to hear the other bands from our region perform!
After-festival Reception: Bands performing in the afternoon are asked to provide cookies (home-made or store-bought) for the reception following the afternoon program. If you wish to bring cookies for the reception, please bring them to the cafeteria during registration prior to rehearsal. Beverages will be provided by the festival committee.
Attire: bottom: black, top: black, white, or band shirt with logo
Stands: Please bring your own stand.
Part Assignment and Chair Placement: We will try to assign instrumentation and parts based on preferences indicated on your application or on overall balance requirements of the band. Please indicate the part you prefer to play (first, second, etc.), but keep in mind that we may have to rotate parts for different pieces among several players to accommodate all requests.
Accessibility: The stage is wheel chair accessible via a loading elevator in the back. If you require other accommodations, please let us know.
Past Conductors of the Festival Band
|Max Gonano||Elisabeth Heath Charles|
|Dennis Colwell||Paul Gerlach|
|James Gourlay||Sam Hazo|