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Winterfest - High School and Middle School Band Festival

Winterfest is a competitive invitational high school and middle school honor band festival, assembling talented young musicians from throughout the Coastal Empire into two formidable festival concert bands.

This annual festival is scheduled for the third week of November on the Armstrong Campus. Students must be recommended by their band directors and should be among the best performers in their band or orchestra. 

To apply, students must submit their signed application form and a recording of their playing proficiency. Recordings may be submitted electronically by the director. Please fill out the online application. Recordings will be used to decide seating placements. Membership is competitive, and students from every state are eligible. Application and recordings deadline is mid October. Audition materials consit of the current GMEA All-State Band requirements appropriate to the applicants age level.

Students selected for membership will arrive at Armstrong State University in Savannah on the third Thursday of November by 5:30 p.m. for registration. A $45 registration fee is required of each participant selected. All students must be accompanied by their director or by a designated parent chaperone. Out-of-town students, directors, and parent chaperones can be housed in nearby area hotels.

The 2017 Wintefest brochure and hotel information can by found by clicking here. 


Prof. Mark Johnson Director of Bands

Armstrong State University

11935 Abercorn St.

Savannah, GA 31419