The 30th Annual UGA Middle School Band Festival: December 10-12, 2020.

MidFest 2020 is going virtual!  Please read the 2020 MidFest brochure for details.  Please let us know if you have questions or suggestions as we create our first-ever virtual MidFest.

UPDATED:  Nomination emails have been sent.  Email Rob Akridge if you do not receive the user name and registration code email.  Use this link to register for MidFest.  Student nominations are due by October 2nd and student acceptances will be announce on or around October 5th.  Student videos will be due by October 19th.  

Please email Rob Akridge at rakridge@uga.edu with questions.  

MidFest 2020 Information:

MidFest 2020 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 rakridge@uga.edu 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.