Upper Peninsula Community Band Festival

August 3-5, 2023 — Marquette, Michigan

The Marquette City Band invites individual community band instrumentalists to participate in a unique musical opportunity at the 2023 UP Community Band Festival—
The Festival Concert Band!

As a member of a community band you are invited to participate in the Festival Concert Band. The schedule will include three rehearsals, special performances, and a concluding concert. There will also be opportunities for unique social activities in the local area.

The Festival Concert Band, Combined UP Community Band, Guest Community Bands and Ensembles and the Marquette City Band will perform concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.


The Festival Concert Band

  • Brings together community band instrumentalists from across the U.S. for an enjoyable musical and social experience.
  • Includes an educational component through rehearsals, clinics and recitals.
  • Promotes and supports musicians and their community bands in our region.
  • Provides a significant band concert/event for Marquette audiences and visitors.

Festival Band Conductors & Clinicians

The Festival Concert Band will be conducted by
Dr. Stephen Grugin, Music Director/Conductor of the Marquette City Band and Director of Bands/Professor of Low Brass at Northern Michigan University.

There will also be a Guest Conductor (TBA) of the Festival Band and Combined UP Community Band who is a prominent member of the Association of Concert Bands.

Sectionals, clinics and special performances will be given by faculty from the Music Department at Northern Michigan University and other community and professional musicians.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 3 (attendance optional)
7:00 pm CONCERT – Presque Isle Park
Guest UP Community Bands
Combined UP Community Band
Friday, August 4
11:30 am Registration/Check-In
1:00 pm Rehearsal at NMU
4:00 pm Instrumental Clinics
7:00 pm CONCERT — Presque Isle Park
Marquette Octatuba Ensemble
Downriver Community Band
9:30 pm Reception at the Local Brewery
Saturday, August 5
9:00 am Rehearsal at NMU
12:00 pm Lunch at Marquette Hope *
1:00 pm Recital by NMU Faculty, Guests and
Festival Participants
2:30 pm Rehearsal at Presque Isle Park
5:00 pm Picnic at Presque Isle Pavilion *
7:00 pm CONCERT — Presque Isle Park
Marquette City Band and Guests
Festival Concert Band
9:00 pm Concluding Event — Ice Cream Social

* Meals provided at event

Festival Accommodations

We highly recommend booking hotels or other accommodations EARLY as they will likely fill up fast.

For information about hotels in the Marquette and surrounding areas:


Cedar Motor Inn: $135-159/night 906-228-2280

Quality Inn: $135-194/night 906-228-8100

Comfort Suites: $199/night 906-228-0028

Hampton Inn: $309-339/night (LV) 906-228-6001

Staybridge Suites: 906-225-9901

Ramada Inn: $149/night 906-629-6887

Holiday Inn: $159/night 906-225-1351

Fairfield Inn: $259/night (LV) 906-273-2900

*LV=Lakeview rooms available

Rooms have been blocked off at the following hotels and are available on a first-come basis. Rooms for most hotels will be available until July 3, but some will be released as early as June 22. When calling for reservations, ask for rooms held for the “Upper Peninsula Community Band Festival.” Prices do not include taxes.

If you are interested in camping, check with nearby Tourist Park Campground and Rippling River Resort.


Elizabeth Wilson, Festival Coordinator, mcband906@gmail.com

Stephen Grugin, MCB Music Director/Conductor, sgrugin@yahoo.com

Website: marquettecityband.com

Facebook page: facebook.com/mqtcityband


The UP Community Band Festival is made possible by funding from many contributors and the following benefactors:
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center
The Ray and Peg Hirvonen Foundation
The Kaufman Foundation

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