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MidFest

The 32nd Annual UGA Middle School Band Festival: Thursday, December 8 - Saturday, December 10, 2022.

Please email questions to Rob Akridge (rakridge@uga.edu).

MidFest 2022 Guest Bands

Cass Middle School Honor Band, Abigail Russom, conductor
Lakeside Middle School Symphonic Band, Reggie Humphrey & Jaron Lehman, conductors
Malcom Bridge Middle School 8th Grade Band, Wes York, conductor

MidFest 2022 Clinicans

Dr. Jack Eaddy, Western Carolina University
Edna Grace, South Carolina
Dr. Gabriel Woods, Savannah State University
Rick Rodriguez, Northbrook Middle School
Connie McCardel, McClure Middle School
Kenza Murray, Ebenezer Middle School
Matthew Price, former band director, Flat Rock Middle School
Josey Jimenez, Duluth Middle School

2022 MidFest Information:

2022 MidFest Brochure

Online Registration opens Monday, September 26
Nomination Deadline is Friday, October 14
Acceptances published on or around Friday, October 21
Cancellation deadline is Friday, November 18
Video audition submission due Monday, November 28

Participation fee is $85.  Brochure and more details to be published soon.

2021 MidFest Information:

2021 MidFest Final Information
2021 MidFest Schedule of Events

Yearly MidFest 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.