25th annual

Red Cedar Festival

of Community Bands

Saturday, February 29, 2020


9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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






The Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands (RCF), hosted by the Meridian Community Band (MCB), is a one-day event in which each participating band performs a brief, public concert followed by an educational post-concert clinic.

The clinics are directed by four university-level conductors who provide insight and techniques for improving musicianship. Visiting artists present instrumental master classes for featured instruments.

Audiences enjoy the presentation of a wide variety of traditional and contemporary band literature. The festival combines performance opportunities, learning experiences for musicians, and a forum for networking with other bands from across the state.










Performance Clinicians



Samuel McIlhagga, associate professor and Music Department chair, Albion College




Dr. Samuel McIlhagga

Albion College

Jeremy Duby,

Olivet College

Shelley Schwanderer Roland

Clarkston Community Band



Lectures and Workshops




Presented by


Session 1

Session 2



Healthy Ears for Musicians

Kathy Scieszka


10:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m.



Your Band, the March, and Why It Still Matters

Kevin Czarnik


11:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.



Conductor’s Toolbox for Success

Gail A Brechting


11:30 a.m.

2:30 p.m.



Healthy Hands and Arms for Musicians

Jennifer Colwell


12:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.




This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Inc.