Announcing the 3rd Annual Sousa Band Festival

2015 Sousa Band Festival

John Philip Sousa Band Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Sousa's Tombstone at Historic Congressional Cemetery

Sousa’s Tombstone

Today we’re pleased to announce the third-annual John Philip Sousa Band Festival, an exclusive music event that will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Washington, D.C.  Four select concert bands will be featured in this historic concert venue.  All participating bands are selected by application process through Music Celebrations International.

The program will emphasize the life and influence of John Philip Sousa, “The March King,” on the American Band movement. Participating bands will have the opportunity to visit important Sousa sites in Washington, D.C., including his tombstone at Historic Congressional Cemetery, where he was laid to rest, and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the site.

Each band will also enjoy a personal clinic the day before the concert with Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, former Commander/Conductor of the United States Air Force Band and decorated veteran of World War II.

Col. Arnald D. Gabriel

Col. Arnald D. Gabriel


For cost, application, and performance information, please use the download button above. For specific costs tailored for your band, or to make other inquiries about the festival, please use the contact form below.

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