Band Festival Feature

68th Annual Dorian Band Festival, February 28-29, 2016

Approximately 625 musicians participate in the Dorian Band Festival. Students are a part of three festival bands: two Festival Massed Bands and the select Festival Symphonic Band. The Symphonic Band consists of the 70-80 students who audition for chair placement upon their arrival for the Festival. Two student soloists are selected to perform at the festival concert.

Students also have the opportunity to receive a mini-lesson from a Luther College faculty member. This may serve as an audition for a music scholarship for those seniors interested in attending Luther College. Students interested in auditioning for a scholarship in voice, piano, or other instruments while on campus for the Festival can arrange this by calling the Admissions Office at 1-800-4LUTHER.

Festival Fees

Once the roster is selected, registration/participation fees are due from each participating school. Those fees may be paid in advance or at the time of registration at the beginning of the Festival. Checks should be made out to Luther College. 

The 2015 Festival fees are as follows: 

  • Basic registration fee—$15 per student (Festival or Symphonic Band)
  • Optional on-campus lodging—add $5 per student
  • Optional solo mini-lesson—add $5 per student
  • Optional Luther accompanist for solo—add $15 per solo
  • Optional Festival banquet—add $10 per student and/or adult

Nomination deadline: Students may be nominated by their school band directors using either paper forms or the online system. Paper forms must be postmarked on or before November 20. Online registrations must be submitted electronically on or before November 25.

Interested in auditioning for a band music scholarship?

Students interested in attending Luther the following year may audition on their Festival instrument for a music scholarship during the Festival. The audition is scheduled by checking the Scholarship option on the Festival nomination form.  

If students are also interested in auditioning for a scholarship in voice, piano, or another instrument while on campus for the Festival, they may arrange to do so by calling the Admissions Office at 1-800-4LUTHER.