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By Lindsay Tague

Concert Band Festival Provides Students an Efficient Way to Learn and Preform

March 26th, 2024

The annual Nebraska State Bandmasters Association State Concert Band Festival provides a non-competitive environment that serves all levels of ensembles in the state of Nebraska.

This yearly festival was created for the purpose of encouraging musicianship in students. Tom Thorpe is the Concert Band Chair for NSBA. He says the State CBF is designed to provide feedback to participants in an efficient way.

The CBF is an event that is all about experience, interaction and feedback. The festival gives students the ability to submerse themselves in music from other bands, as well.

The State Concert Band Festival is such a large event, planning for the next festival begins about a year ahead of time. All NSBA events are planned with one thing in mind: giving students the outlet to make special memories with their band while also guiding them in becoming better musicians is the most important aspect of this festival. 

The State Concert Band Festival will take place for two days at separate locations. The first is tomorrow, Wednesday March 27, at the UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center. Day two of the State CBF will be held at Kearney High School on Thursday, March 28. Thorpe personally shares a deep gratitude for the two different host schools and all the people contributing to coordinate the event. To find out more about the State Concert Band Festival and other NSBA events, visit


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