The 31st Annual UGA Middle School Band Festival: Thursday, December 9 - Saturday, December 11, 2021.

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

MidFest 2021 Changes due to COVID-19

For the health and safety of everyone involved in MidFest 2021, we are making changes to the format of this year’s festival.

The nomination process will remain the same.  Registration information will be emailed September 21st.

Directors will be notified of student acceptances on or around October 22nd.

We will ask accepted students to submit video auditions by November 28th.  Wind players will be asked to submit a video of two of the four GMEA All-State scales.  Percussionists will be asked to submit separate videos for mallets (2 GMEA scales), snare drum (brief etude), & timpani (brief etude).  Etudes will be emailed to directors along with student acceptances email in October.

Guest Bands will perform Thursday and Friday evenings, December 9th & 10th, to a socially-distanced and masked audience.  Everyone is invited to attend.

MidFest bands will rehearse and present concerts Saturday, December 11th.  MidFest will be held only at the School of Music (no events at the Classic Center).  There will be four bands with a total of 300-350 students.

            8:00 – 9:00 a.m.          Registration (band assignments handed out)
            9:00 a.m. – noon         Band rehearsals
            Noon – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch (catered to rehearsal sites)
            1:00 – 3:00 p.m.          Band rehearsals
            3:30 – 6:00 p.m.          Band concerts (audience must be socially-distanced & masked)

We will provide performance masks and bell covers to students participating in MidFest 2021.

The cost of MidFest 2021 will be $75.  This fee includes a catered lunch. 

2021 MidFest Information:

2021 MidFest Brochure
2021 MidFest Video Recording Instructions

2021 Clinicians:

  • Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger, Interim Director of Bands, University of Georgia
  • Shiree Williams, Associate Director of Bands, University of Georgia
  • Wanda Moates, retired, Fannin County Middle School
  • Audrey Murphy, Hopewell Middle School

2021 Guest Bands:

  • South Forsyth Middle School Symphonic Band – Andrew Poor & Nate Hughes, Directors
  • East Cobb Middle School Honors Band – Gregory Denson, Valarie Stoney, & Patrick Walsh, Directors
  • Buford Middle School Symphonic Band - Kathy Mason, Director
     

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.