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The 33rd Annual UGA Middle School Band Festival: Thursday, December 7 - Saturday, December 9, 2023.

The student nomination email was sent at 3:00pm, September 18th.  Email Rob Akridge ( if you did not receive the email.
October 13 - student nomination deadline
@October 20 - student acceptances announced
November 17 - cancellation deadline

MidFest 2023 Guest Bands​​​​​​​

  • Richmond Hill Middle School Wildcat Winds, Emery Warnock & Rebecca Maish, directors
  • River Trail Middle School Symphonic Band, Jennifer Compton, director

MidFest 2023 Clinicans

Dr. Mary Land, Western Michigan University
Dr. Greg Denson, Cheek Middle School, Texas
Roland Ventura, Pinckneyville Middle School
Aaron Milner, Fairforest Middle School, South Carolina
Leah Williams, Bonaire Middle School
Tara Melvin, Awtrey Middle School
Reggie Humphrey, South Forsyth High School
Abigail Russom, Cass Middle School

MidFest 2023 Information:

2023 MidFest Brochure
2023 MidFest Video Submission Instructions
2023 MidFest Map
UGA School of Music Map
2023 MidFest Guest Band Concert Information
2023 MidFest PAC Fire & Safety Policy

2022 MidFest Information:

2022 MidFest Schedule of Events
2022 MidFest Final Information
2022 MidFest Video Submission Instructions
2022 MidFest Video Submission Link
2022 MidFest Student Payment Link

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 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.