Band Festival General Information

Festival Fees

  • Basic registration fee: $15 per student (Festival or Symphonic Bands)
  • 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 on-campus housing for high school student accompanist: add $3 per student
  • Optional Festival banquet: add $10 per student and/or adult

Festival and Symphonic Bands

Students are nominated and ranked by their school directors. Membership and seat assignments are based on the ranking and recommendations of the director and on the needs of the Festival groups. Fair and accurate band assignments will depend on complete information from individual high school directors.

Students from schools that do not have a formal band program are welcome, if nominated by their private teacher and/or another music teacher in their high school.

Students accepted will be divided into a 75-piece Symphonic Band and two 250-piece Festival ensembles. Students indicate on their nomination forms if they want to be considered for the Symphonic Band in addition to the Festival bands.

Students in the larger groups will be given a chair assignment and copies of their music before they come to the Festival. Those selected for the Symphonic Band will each be given a copy of the 1st-part music for their section, then audition on that music for chair placement once they arrive at the Festival. The expectation is that all students will be very familiar with their music before they arrive.


View faculty for the Dorian Band Festival.

Concert tickets

No tickets are required for the Festival Grand Concert on Monday, February 29. The concert is free and open to all who can attend.


On-campus housing may be requested by those whose schools are more than 50 miles from Luther. Students will be housed with Luther band members if possible. Others will be housed in secure residence hall study lounges.

The cost of on-campus housing is $5.00 per night.

Overnight guests should plan to bring along sleeping bags, air mattresses, pillows, etc. as well as towels and toiletries for their overnight stays. Think of the experience as "camping" in a dorm!

Limited commercial lodging is also available. For a list of area options, check the Luther website or call the Dorian office at 563-387-1389.


The student plays one piece for a Luther instrumental faculty member in a 10-minute private lesson. The student should bring along a prepared piece to play during the lesson.

The piece does not have to be accompanied.

The student will receive both verbal and written comments from the faculty teacher.

One or two students may be chosen from among those playing in a mini-lesson to perform their solos as part of the Grand Concert on Monday evening. Solos must be memorized to be considered.

The solo/mini-lesson can be used as an official Luther music scholarship audition by Seniors who are prospective Luther students.

The cost for the solo/mini-lesson is just $5.00.

Student supervision

We encourage and enjoy the presence of high school directors, but their presence is not required for a student to participate. Other adult chaperones often stand in for the directors. In rare situations, high school students drive themselves to the Festival, but we require that they turn in their car keys to us while the Festival is happening.