58th Annual Augustana Band Festival Nov 13-14, 2015
We are delighted to welcome area band directors and their students to a tradition of excellence at Augustana, the Augustana Band Festival! This festival, now in its 58th year, has brought thousands of students from a five-state area to participate in two full days of ensemble and clinic work featuring three separate bands — Gold, Blue, and Honor led by outstanding music educators/directors. Participating students are nominated by their high school directors, and the festival is organized and carried out by an Augustana committee of outstanding student musicians. The 2015 chair is Ms. Janae West, a senior music education major from Lennox, SD.
The Augustana Band Festival has been organized and run by a student committee for most of its 58 years. This year, we are once again delighted with a committee of outstanding musicians, all of whom are dedicated to making this Festival an event to remember for all who attend and participate.
The Grand Finale Concert of the festival will be held in the Mary Sommervold Hall of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. This event will feature the Gold and Blue Bands, each comprised of approximately 100-110 select high school musicans from the five-state area. The Honor Band also is featured, and is composed of approximately 75 students who have been highly ranked by their directors as students ready to be challenged with more advanced music. TICKETS for the Grand Finale concert are available through the Washington Pavilion Box Office and ALL SEATS ARE RESERVED. Students who are participants in the concert will be seated together in the theatre. Directors, parents, friends and attendees must obtain tickets for a reserved seat from the Box Office. If you would like your group to sit together, you will need to appear together at the Box Office, OR order your tickets in advance by calling 605-367-6000. While K-12 students AND DIRECTORS are always free, to obtain the free seat(s) near a patron who is paying, one must call the Box Office or visit in person prior to the concert. On line purchases will not be possible if they include free seats.
A Special Note to Band Directors: (Information below is from the 2014 Festival, new information will be posted by September 15, 2105.)
We invite your participation to help us make this the most memorable Band Fest on record by taking the following steps in securing participation for you and your students:
- Please read this "Director's Letter" carefully for specific information on how to nominate students, reserve your place in the festival, and make your time in Sioux Falls even more beneficial for your students. (Update will be forthcoming!)
- Complete the "Director's Information Form."
- Complete the "Nomination Form" — one per student, please.
- If you wish, nominate students for the "Honor Band."
- Complete the "Information Form."