The 30th Annual UGA Middle School Band Festival: Saturday, December 12, 2020.

Virtual MidFest 2020 Registration Link
UGA Band Festivals Website

Please email questions to Rob Akridge (


At UGA Bands we understand that our middle school colleagues across the state are tired and “Zoom-fatigued.” We get it! It’s been an exhausting year. And even though we can’t be together in person for our annual MidFest celebration, we still crave musical connection, inspiration, and interaction. We’d like to help. 

This year, Midfest is one evening of fun, informative, and musically-enriching events that are virtual and offered to you as a “thank you” for all you are doing for your students. We are presenting a series of events in real time on Saturday, December 12, 2020, starting at 6:15pm. We hope that you will join us because we believe they will be fun and informative, but we also understand that you may want a virtual break. So, we will also record them and make them available for you to view at your leisure.  

In addition to the events of Saturday evening we will also release a variety of webinars that you can use in your classroom and rehearsal room produced by our faculty colleagues in performance, musicology, theory, and composition here at UGA.  We will post links to live events and webinars on our website in December.

Schedule for Saturday, December 12, 2020

6:15pm Talk with Tim (A brief welcome by Dr. Tim Lauzenheiser followed by a ‘let’s get real’ chat with the man, the myth, the legend. Come prepared to ask Dr. Tim questions about anything from keeping students motivated, keeping yourself motivated, to the future of music education!)

7:00pm Wind Symphony and Friends Video Concert

8:00pm Chat with Jackie


Please email Rob Akridge at with questions.  

MidFest 2020 Information:

2020 MidFest Brochure

2020 Guest Bands:

  • Flat Rock Middle School Symphonic Band – Matthew Price, Director
  • South Forsyth Middle School Symphonic Band – Andrew Poor & Nate Hughes, Directors
  • East Cobb Middle School Honors Band – Gregory Denson, Valarie Stoney, & Patrick Walsh, Directors

Non-COVID year information:

MidFest information will be mailed to band directors in September of each year. If you are a new director to a school, email us at before September 1 to be included in the mailout.

"MidFest" (established 1990) is a three-day event for middle school band musicians. Students are nominated for participation by their director by way of this website early in the academic year after receiving the MidFest announcement in the mail. MidFest staff selects students to participate based on the order of the director’s submission, the instrumentation need of the festival bands, and the reported musical achievements of each student. Typical festival attendance is approximately 1000 students from 130 schools.

Directors and other adult chaperones accompany students to Athens for the event. Directors are responsible for housing and food arrangements for the students.

The festival announcement includes a list of hotel properties in close proximity to the festival site.

Students are placed in festival bands on the basis of an initial audition. These bands rehearse four times before a final performance on the final afternoon of the event. Attendees also enjoy several featured performances by guest middle school bands and the UGA Wind Symphony.


For more information regarding MidFest or to update contact information, email Director of Band Festivals Rob Akridge.