February 4–6, 2021


The UNCG School of Music and University Bands are pleased to announce the 32nd Annual Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference.  Each year, the Festival welcomes nearly 200 high school musicians and 50 music educators to join our nationally and internationally renowned guest clinicians and UNCG music faculty in an enriching and rewarding schedule of rehearsals, master classes, clinics, and concerts.


Damien Crutcher

9th & 10th Grade Honor Band

Prof. Damien Crutcher
Conductor, Detroit Community Concert Band and CEO, Crescendo Detroit
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

Sarah McKoin

11th & 12th Grade Honor Band

Dr. Sarah McKoin
Director of Bands
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

Carolina Conductors Conference

Prof. H. Robert Reynolds
Principal Conductor
USC Thornton Wind Ensemble
Los Angeles, California


Honor Bands

High school students from every state are eligible to apply, making membership in both Honor Bands very competitive, equal to fine All-State bands. In 2020, participating students were drawn from a five state area including NC, SC, TN, VA, MD, and GA. Out-of-town students must be accompanied by their band director or by a designated parent chaperone. Students, directors, and parent chaperones will need to arrange for their own housing in Greensboro area hotels. Local residents may opt to commute. The fee for each student selected is $60, which includes the clinic fee, lunch and dinner on Friday in the UNCG Dining Hall. The deadline for the receipt of your application & recording is Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Conductors Conference

The Carolina Conductors Conference is a great opportunity to grow and develop as a conductor and musician under the guidance and inspiration of our outstanding clinicians. Sessions focusing on topics including conducting, rehearsal technique, score study, and pedagogy provide for a fulfilling and energizing environment for music educators of all experience levels. The fee for all conducting conference participants is $80, including lunch and dinner on Friday. Participants may earn one unit of North Carolina Certificate Renewal Credit.

Join us for a great weekend of music!