About the festival

The Prairie State Middle School Concert Band Festival is proud to be an Affiliate Regional Music Festival with Music for All.

The 2019 Festival dates are Friday, April 12, 2019 and Saturday, April 13, 2019.

The Prairie State Band Festival has been designed from the ground up to be an outstanding performance experience and an exemplary learning opportunity for middle school bands.

Each performing ensemble receives:

  • 30-minute performance slot on the stage of Wentz Hall

  • 30-minute clinic for the winds with a nationally-recognized music educator

  • 30-minute clinic for the percussion with a nationally-recognized music educator

  • high-quality audio recording of the performance

  • recorded comments from three adjudicators for winds

  • recorded comments from a percussion adjudicator

The fee for each performing ensemble is $250.

Festival Site Host

Dr. Sean Kelley
Associate Director of Bands
Director of Athletic Bands
North Central College

The Music Department of North Central College


Festival Coordinators

Rachel Maxwell
Traughber Jr High, Oswego, IL

Keith Ozsvath
Rotolo Middle School, Batavia, IL

Greg Scapillato
Northbrook Jr High, Northbrook, IL

Chris Vanderwall
Plainfield Central High School, Plainfield, IL


Shan Kazmi
Zion-Benton Township H.S., Zion, IL

Dan Valkema
Plainfield Central H.S. (retired), Plainfield, IL