The 28th Annual UGA Middle School Band Festival: December 6-8, 2018

Acceptances have been announced.  Cancellation deadline is Monday, November 26th.
Please email Rob Akridge at if you did not receive an email or have any questions.

Marketplace Link (pay by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th)

Mail checks by Friday, November 30th to:
UGA MidFest
Attn: Rob Akridge
250 River Road
Athens, GA 30602


2018 Guest Bands:

  • Durham Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Symphonic Band – Michelle Rickard & Matt Segars, Directors
  • Otwell Middle School Eagle Symphonic Winds – Jacob Wildes & Christopher Coleman, Directors
  • Feagin Mill Middle School Symphonic Band – Lloyd McDonald, Director

2018 Guest Clinicians:

2018 MidFest Information:

2018 MidFest Schedule of Events
2018 MidFest Final Information
2018 MidFest Brochure
2018 MidFest Parking Information
UGA Campus Map
MidFest On-Campus Map
2018 Hotel Reservation 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.

Midfest 2017 Performance Recordings

Downs Band

Honor Band

Meredith Band

Rhoden Band

Rosse Band

Seymour Band

Staub Band

Webb Band