Welcome to the FIU Festival of Bands!

February 8 – 9, 2019

For the eleventh year in a row, the FIU Annual Festival of Bands is back! With your involvement, we can make it bigger and better than ever!

Each year, up to 12 area bands will be chosen to perform their MPA musical program in an onstage clinic within the acoustically superior Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, where they will receive written and recorded feedback by the FIU Director of Bands Barry Bernhardt,  FIU faculty and guest clinicians.

This year’s festival will culminate in a side-by-side concert with participating high school bands and the FIU Wind Ensemble. Directed by Dr. Brenton F. Alston.

Bands will be chosen on a first come, first served basis and at NO CHARGE to directors and their bands. Register by February 1st before you miss out on this opportunity! 



Who do I contact if I have questions?

Contact Professor Barry W. Bernhardt, Director of Bands at: (305) 348-1547 or barry.bernhardt@fiu.edu.

Will transportation be provided this year?

Unfortunately, transportation will not be provided this year.

Will percussion equipment be available for use?

Yes! The following will be available: 4 Timpani, 1 Bass Drum, 1 Snare Drum, 1 Pr. Crash Cymbals, 1 Suspended Cymbal, 1 Marimba, 1 Xylophone, 1 Vibraphone, 1 Orchestra Bells & 1 Chime. Please plan on bringing your own sticks and mallets in addition to auxillary percussion items.

Do I need to submit a seating chart?

Yes. You can generate a seating chart and send it via email to barry.bernhardt@fiu.edu. 

Where is the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center?

The performing arts center is located on FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. It houses the Florida International University School of Music at 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199. Parking is available adjacent to the building on lot 5.