December 5

This annual event is designed to provide rewarding musical experiences for high school band students and their directors.

The dates for the 2019 Tri-State Festival are Thursday, December 5th  thru Sunday, December 8th on the campus of Florida State University.

Each year, the festival features nationally and internationally renowned guest conductors and FSU music faculty in an intensive schedule of rehearsals, masterclasses, professional clinics, and concerts.

The conductors for the 2018 Tri-State Festival were Glen Adsit (The Hartt School), Amy Knopps (University of Missouri), Sean Murray (University of Alabama at Birmingham), William Clarke (University of Kentucky, retired), and Xavier Davis (Michigan State University). 2019 conductors are forthcoming.

How to nominate a student (For Band Directors Only) - (Nominations now Closed)

  • Only directors may nominate a student.
  • Students must be in 11th or 12th grade to participate.
  • You will need to complete a separate nomination for each student.
  • Nominations are due online no later than Monday, October 1st.

When nominating more than one student, you must “rank” them by order, and you cannot duplicate numbers.  For instance, if you are nominating five students, you should rank them on their nomination form in the order for which you would like them to be considered, so that your “top” student is number 1, next is number 2, etc.  If you duplicate a number, such as nominating more than one student as number “1” for your school, it will cause problems with the software that we use to organize the information for this event.  In the past we have had problems with students being left out of the festival because of the glitch this causes.  Please be aware of this as you nominate students so that we can avoid any mistakes.

  • Honors Jazz Ensemble audition recordings are due by Monday, October 1st.  These auditions should be both audio and video recorded.  Please send these electronically to  Audition excerpts will be available September 1st on the website under the link titled “Honors Jazz Ensemble.”
  • Concert Band students will complete an audition on the FSU Campus on the first day of the Tri-State Festival.

You will be notified of acceptance by mid-October, and at that point you or your students will need to complete two steps to be registered: 1) visit the website again to complete registration (a new “registration” link will be added to the website at that time), and 2) mail in payment (by school or individually.)  Students are not officially registered until the registration is completed on the website and their payment has been received.  All registrations must be confirmed via the website and all payments received no later than Friday, November 2nd.

Student Registration - Now Closed

Students accepted to Tri-State should complete their online registration immediately. After completing the online registration, you will be prompted with a confirmation screen that will provide you with a link for the Student Release Form. The Student Release Form, as well as your registration fee for Tri-State, must be received at FSU no later than Monday, November 5th.

Failure to complete any portion of registration (online registration, Student Release Form, and payment) by Monday, November 5th will result in loss of your spot in the Tri-State Festival.

Registration Prices

Registration Prices for the 2018 Tri-State Festival are as follows:

  • $260.00 for overnight students
  • $210.00 for local students

Prices include the following:

  • Hotel Lodging (for overnight students)- Double Tree Downtown, Tallahassee
  • Transportation during the festival timeline
  • All meals during the festival timeline
  • The Tri-State Banquet
  • Music Costs 
  • T-Shirt
  • All instructional costs- directors, conductors, and masterclasses 
  • Recording of Concerts

Directors will be notified of accepted students in early/mid-October. Registration will open up in early/mid-October.

PRISM Concert Information

All students and directors who attend Tri-State get to attend the FSU PRISM Concert, a non-stop, surround sound band spectacular for the Friday night performance. 

  • Dates for the PRISM Concerts are November 27th, November 28th, November 29th, and November 30th 2018, all at 7:30pm in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall
  • For Ticket Sales, please contact the FSU College of Music Box Office at 850-645-7949, Monday-Friday, from 11:00am-2pm.
  • For Group Sales, please contact Kim Shively at
  • Special Edition PRISM takes place on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 2:00PM in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.  For information on the Special Edition PRISM Concert, please visit the Opening Nights Website

2018 Tri-State Conducting Clinic Application Information

Now accepting applications for participation in the 2018 Tri-State Conducting Clinic!

This clinic is open to all Band Directors attending the Tri-State Music Festival. Selected participants will conduct the FSU Wind Orchestra and received feedback from Professor Richard Clary, Senior Wind Band Conductor at FSU.

We will accept 3-4 participants.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a short resume and summary of formal conducting studies via email to Professor Richard Clary at

Honors Jazz Ensemble Audition Information

  • Auditions should be a video recording (visibly showing the student playing the audition requirements). The quality does not have to be the highest professional grade, but does need to have a clear picture and sound.
  • Video recorded auditions should be emailed to
  • Video recorded auditions should be in MP4 format
  • Make sure to include in the email the NAME, SCHOOL, BAND DIRECTOR NAME, and CONTACT INFO (email, phone number) of the student auditioning
  • STRING BASS AUDITIONS are also asked to record and submit the following scales along with the audition excerpts:
    •  C Major two octave, quarter note = 130 
    • Bb Major two octave, quarter note = 130 
    • Gb Major two octave, quarter note = 130
  • Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Drums, and Piano only need to record and submit the excerpts listed on the Tri-State Website

Audition Excerpts

Legacy Sort
Legacy Priority