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Welcome to the FIU Festival of Bands!

February 11, 2023

The FIU Annual Festival of Bands takes place every February, as a growing engagement, to foster community relationships with area bands. The goal of this festival is to help the students and directors through their journey through a myriad of repertoire towards successful performance experiences.

This year up to 6 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, as well as an audio recording of their performance and subsequent clinic .

The festival culminates in an FIU Wind Ensemble (FIUWE) concert directed by Dr. Brenton F. Alston. This year the concert will bring back FIUWE Alumni to join current students in the final concert compositions  including a rousing work from composer David Maslanka.

Bands will be chosen on a first come, first served basis and at NO CHARGE to directors and their bands.


Who do I contact if I have questions?

Contact Professor Barry W. Bernhardt, Director of Bands at: (305) 348-1547 or

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 

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 Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts at 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199. Parking is available adjacent to the building on lot 5.