Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands - 2020

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Okemos High School


December 23, 2019


Greetings from the planners, hosts, and sponsors of the 2020 festival,


Please share this document with your organization’s key people (conductor, business manager, percussion section leader, etc.)


We are now about ten weeks away from the event and need to gather information about each ensemble so that we can complete our planning process.


Pre-Festival Check List


For the concert program (due Friday, January 24, 2020)



Prior to the festival (by February 15th)

The Meridian Community Band will be offering fruit, pastry, sandwiches, and beverages throughout the day and will be using your responses as a planning tool.

This does not have to be exact.  We understand that there are often last-minute changes and adjustments.  Any help you can provide in this area will aid our stage crew in getting your band set up on stage as quickly as possible.


Tips and Guidelines for participating bands

It is our goal to be accommodating and helpful in making your presentation at the Red Cedar Festival both enjoyable and stress free. We offer the following guidelines and suggestions:



On the day of the festival

These will be returned to you at the end of your clinic. Photo copied scores are acceptable for the clinicians’ use.

Scripts should be concise so that festival events may be kept on schedule.


Percussion equipment

timpani (5), bass drum, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, orchestra bells, chimes, gong


The high school commons area will be the crossroads of festival activities featuring:


Support the festival by purchasing souvenir and apparel items from our merchandise table in the main hallway. Proceeds from this activity help fund future festivals!


To make this festival an enlightening experience for all members of participating bands, participants are strongly urged to plan their day to allow time to:


Everyone likes to play before a large audience.  Your attendance will be a great morale booster.  It is also an opportunity to expand your musical horizons.



We are looking forward to seeing everyone in March!




Bob Copeland, Co-Chair

Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands – 2020

25th Annual Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands

Saturday, February 29, 2020

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



Auditorium & Stage








Home Rooms


Parking for people with mobility issues


East Main

Parking Lot



East Main Entrance





Driving directions: Please use an on-line mapping service such as Mapquest or Google maps for specific driving instructions.


General information: Okemos High School is located at 2800 E Jolly Rd in Okemos, MI., 48864. It is approximately 0.5 miles north and 1.2 miles west of Exit #110 (Okemos Road) on Interstate 96.


Ample parking is available in the east main parking lot. For persons with mobility issues, a small parking lot on the south side of the building will be available for use.


Each band is assigned a “home room” in which to store their coats and instrument cases. The home rooms will be locked while the band is in the warm-up, performance, and post-concert clinic. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please lock any valuables in your car.


Greeters will meet you at the entrance and will provide you with schedules, directions, and other assistance.

Band Guides will escort each band through its scheduled cycle of events.


Percussionists may want to consider bringing a cart or dolly to transport their equipment from the parking lot to the staging area.


Master Classes for various instruments and topics will be presented throughout the day. Information will be posted on the Red Cedar Festival website (