Red Cedar Festival

of Community Bands

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Okemos High School – 2800 E Jolly Rd – Okemos, Michigan 48864

The Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands has become the focus event for adult community concert bands throughout Michigan. Since the inaugural concert on Saturday, February 24, 1996, over fifty different musical ensembles have combined to present hundreds of concerts for the public’s entertainment and the musicians’ educational enrichment.

More than forty performance clinicians, representing colleges, universities, and three military service bands, have shared their knowledge with the thousands of musicians who have performed at the Red Cedar Festival since its inception.

The Red Cedar Festival, with its focus on continuing education and direct feedback for both conductors and musicians, has been a catalyst in the remarkable level of improvement in community band musicianship since 1996.

The Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands is funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, participating bands, local area businesses, Meridian Community Band patrons, and people like you. Please consider making a donation to help support the festival.

Performance Clinicians

Dr. Richard Frey

University of Michigan

Dr. Gabe Southard

Hope College

Dr. J. Nick Smith

Eastern Michigan University

Master Classes and Clinics

Information regarding instrumental master classes and clinics will be posted at a later date


The deadline for submitting an application to perform at the Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands is Friday, October 15, 2021. Participating bands will be selected from the applicant pool in a non-biased manner.

Application for the 2022 Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands


Applications have been received from the following bands:

West Michigan Concerts Winds, Central Michigan Area Concert Band, Saginaw Area Concert Band, Royal Oak Concert Band, DeWitt Community Concert Band, Warren Concert Band, Lansing Concert Band


The performance schedule will be posted on or about November 1, 2021.

Show your support

The Meridian Community Band’s continued success is made possible with the help of our generous donors.