Cal U to Host State Band Festival

Feb 10, 2020

The 73rd Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival will be held Feb. 28-March 1.

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Dennis Fisher will be the guest conductor at the 73rd Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival.


California University’s bands will welcome guest conductor Dennis Fisher when the school hosts the 73rd Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival from Feb. 28 to March 1. 

Student musicians from 21 college and university band programs from across the state will come to Cal U to rehearse and perform with Fisher, wind band director and professor emeritus from University of North Texas. He has conducted extensively and lectured in 32 states along with international appearances in Thailand, Japan, China, Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Greece, Brazil, Cuba, and Russia.

The event culminates in a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre. The free concert is open to the Cal U community and public. 

Founded in 1948, the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival is the oldest continuous collegiate band festival in the nation. This band is a collection of students selected from college and university bands throughout Pennsylvania. 

Cal U hosted the festival 1987 and 2012. 

The participating schools in the 2020 festival include 102 student performers and 26 band directors. 

Eight student members of the Cal U Bands have been accepted to rehearse and perform at the event. They were selected from more than 400 applicants from 21 colleges and universities across the state. The students and their instruments are: Alex Lalley, clarinet; Emily Bond, flute; Jacob Cox, percussion; Alyssa Day, flute; Justin Gilbert, French horn; Nathan Bosak, trombone; Carl Anderson, bass trombone; and Chris Montgomery, bass clarinet. 

“It is an honor for students to be selected to perform with this historic band,” said Dr. Frank Stetar, University Bands Director and co-chair of the Department of Music and Theatre. “We are proud to host the festival this year and welcome so many talented student musicians and directors to rehearse and perform together on our campus. 

“We are also extremely excited for the brilliant Dr. Dennis Fisher to enlighten these students.” 

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