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WindFest Concert Band Invitational

Friday, March 3 - Saturday,4, 2023

About WindFest

“WindFest” concert band invitational was first established in 1940. Over the past 83 years, the event has been recognized as one of the premiere concert band festivals in the Pacific Northwest. This two-day event features high school concert bands from throughout the state of Washington and the region. The non-competitive atmosphere of WindFest provides an opportunity for creativity and musicianship while embracing and celebrating band programs of diverse backgrounds.

Internationally and nationally renowned conductors, artist, and teachers serve as adjudicators, providing constructive feedback and positive encouragement for musical growth. In addition, each ensemble participates in a live clinic with an adjudicator, offering real-time instruction. Participating bands receive audio commentary from our guest panel and a professional recording of the on-stage performance.

During WindFest bands will have the opportunity to interact with music faculty and students of the department of music, attend performances by the Wind Ensemble, the preeminent wind band at CWU, and perform on stage in Hertz Concert Hall, a premiere 600-seat performance space known throughout the region for its visual and acoustical qualities.


Ensembles must apply for an invitation using the online application form. Selection of bands will be based on many factors to include but not limited to time of registration, school size, region/location, space in festival, and previous invitations. With a goal of equity in mind, we encourage all school programs to consider the educational and musical benefits that Windfest has to offer.

  • September 1, 2022 – Application Opens for WindFest 2023
  • November 1, 2022 – Notification of Selection (via email)
  • December 1, 2022 – Festival Fee Deadline


There is no required repertoire for Windfest. Directors are encouraged to program works appropriate to their specific ensemble. Each band will be allotted 20 minutes of on-stage performance. The number of works on the program is at the discretion of the conductor. However, programming must remain within the time limit. No exceptions. Windfestsupports a culture of diversity in repertoire and hopes that the event will be a celebration of works from the standard wind band repertoire through contemporary works for band from composers of underrepresented backgrounds.

Festival Fee 2023


2023 Adjudicators

Dr. Andrea E. Brown

Associate Director of Bands
University of Maryland

Dr. T. André Feagin

Director of Bands
Central Washington University

Don T. Haynes Jr.

Director of Bands (retired)
LBJ High School (TX)

Robert Selaiden

Director of Bands (retired)
Leander High School (TX)


For more information, contact Dr. T. André Feagin