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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239
music@cwu.edu

WindFest Information

Central Washington University's WindFest serves as the premier concert band festival in the Pacific Northwest. This festival showcases 48 of the finest high school wind ensembles over the course of three days. WindFest is a non-competitive sharing of music between wind band ensembles, however groups will be adjudicated and given clinics. No awards will be made for ensemble performance. Ensembles will be given feedback in clinic form of approximately 20-25 minutes with an adjudicator following each performance.

Central’s Wind Ensemble as well as our other large ensembles, including Jazz Band 1, will perform throughout the day.

Schedule

A master time schedule and other information will be sent to all ensemble directors, usually in February. Groups will be scheduled according to date of entry, performance time preference, and distance from the festival site. There is a limit on the number of applicants that can be accepted. The more quickly the entry is sent, the better.

Warm-Up

Each group will be limited to 25 minutes for warm-up in an assigned rehearsal room. This room will contain a typical wind band setup.

Adjudication

During your group's performance, adjudicators will offer feedback, usually in an audio recording, while another will provide a clinic, following your performance, in another room. Through a rotation of either writing or providing clinics, you and your students will get direct, constructive feedback concerning your performance.

Music

Each group will perform two or more selections within the 25-minute time limit.

Recordings

Each group will be provided recordings of:

  • Your live performance.
  • Audio comments from the clinicians
  • Performance video of the conductor
  • Video of the clinic

Location, Location, Location!

The will take place in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building. Completed in 2004, this facility boasts pristine acoustics, state-of-the-art recording and first-class surroundings. Need directions?

Check in & Time Estimates

Registration/check in on the days of the festival is in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building rotunda. The festival will start at approximately 8:30am and end at approximately 6:00 PM each day. 

Questions?

For more information, contact Paul Bain