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Crimson Festival of Winds Concert Band Invitational

The Crimson Festival of Winds will be a non-competitive, educational festival designed to showcase the “best of the best” high school and middle school wind bands from across the state of Alabama. There will be no “required music” for the festival and there will be no ratings or placements for the ensembles. Directors will be free to choose literature that allows the ensemble and the director an opportunity for growth. The atmosphere will be one of support and encouragement for each ensemble. Immediately following each band’s performance, one of our outstanding evaluators will work with each ensemble for a 20 minute “hands on” clinic. Directors will receive recorded critique from the evaluators along with written comments and a professional recording of the concert. Concert bands earning an overall “superior” rating at an Alabama Bandmasters Association district level Music Performance Assessment in the spring of 2018 or 2019 will receive an invitation to participate in the Crimson Festival of Winds. We will be able to accept the first 32 ensembles that apply. Registration will open in late summer 2018 for our premiere festival. Make plans to be a part of this exciting new festival that will promote Alabama’s finest concert bands. The Crimson Festival of Winds will be housed in the Moody Music Building, with performances taking place in the Concert Hall.



Dr. Cody Birdwell
Director of Bands, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Dr. David Gregory
Retired Director of Bands, Reinhardt University and Conductor Georgia Wind Symphony, Waleska, Georgia

Ms. Diane Koutsulis
Retired Director of Bands, Green Valley High School, Las Vegas, Nevada

Dr. Kevin Sedatole
Director of Bands, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan