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Tarleton Invitational Band Festival


Bands that participate in the Invitational Band Festival receive

  • Professional stage performance recording
  • Video of band's performance
  • Post-concert clinic by the composer-in-residence
  • Audio & written comments by the adjudication panel
  • Clinic by one of the stage adjudicators

Cost: $250.00. One selection by the composer-in-residence is required.

Application for the 2016 Invitational Band Festival now available!  DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 30, 2016

About the TIBF

The Tarleton State University Invitational Band Festival offers a first-class performance and music education experience for outstanding bands and for students participating in the Tarleton Band Program.  Each year, a guest composer is invited to the Tarleton campus to work with the students involved with the music program and with band programs throughout the State of Texas who participate in the festival.  While each composer brings similar professional practices, every experience can differ from year to year. 

After each band’s concert presentation, the guest composer will give a clinic on stage.  This experience brings each student’s music making to life and gives the performer the opportunity to experience a composer's intentions and interpretation.  Once the performing ensemble has completed their stage performance and clinic with the guest composer, a second clinic will be performed with one of the stage performance adjudicators, thereby enhancing the evaluation experience with immediate feedback.

Invitational Composers-In-Residence

Inaugural Invitational Band Festival (2011) Col. John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret.)
Invitational Band Festival II (2012) Frank Ticheli
Invitational Band Festival III (2013) Sam Hazo
Invitational Band Festival IV (2014) David Holsinger
Invitational Band Festival V (2015) Mark Camphouse
Invitational Band Festival VI (2016) Robert Sheldon
Invitational Band Festival VII (2017) TBA

The Philosophy Behind the Tarleton Invitational Band Festival is to...

  • provide each participating band the opportunity to perform in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Auditorium;
  • provide an opportunity for students to work with the composer and other professionals in the music education profession;
  • offer band directors an opportunity to receive Pre UIL Concert and Sight Reading comments and suggestions that may be beneficial to the music-making process of their program;
  • allow students in the Tarleton State University Band Program the opportunity to network with leading composers, music educators, adjudicators, and participating band directors;
  • provide the Tarleton and Stephenville communities an opportunity to have a visiting professional composer of national/international stature to further the musical culture offered by the University.

What Others are Saying About the Invitational Band Festival

clinic with jrb "What we experienced at Tarleton State with Dr. Ticheli exceeded our expectations in every way. Our concert performance was truly memorable, and seeing Frank Ticheli bound onto stage following our last selection made our students just light up. They hung on his every word, took his musical advice to heart instantly, and left having been truly moved by the experience of working with one of the finest composers in the world. Our post-concert clinic off-stage was insightful and helpful. With UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest a few weeks away, the advice of Dr. Hebert aided our ensemble greatly in making our final preparations. To any directors considering attending in the future, I would highly advise that you jump in with both feet. It can sometimes be intimidating - performing for people of this caliber - but the band staff and students at TSU made us feel like superstars. It's an experience my students will remember for a lifetime."  Gerry Miller, Director of Bands, Fine Arts Department Chair, Wakeland High School, Frisco, Texas
"We had the most outstanding time! Colonel Bourgeois was absolutely wonderful and so gracious. Performing in front of him was intimidating to say the least but he made us feel fantastic. My kids recognized the music he brought out of them and the were so impressed."  Priscilla Gibson, Director of Bands, Archer City High School, Archer City, Texas

TIBF VI (March 22-23, 2016) with Robert Sheldon


Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Time Band Admission
7:30pm Collage Concert: Featuring the Tarleton Symphonic Band and Tarleton Wind Ensemble $5.00 or free with Tarleton ID
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time Band Admission

Rob Sheldon

As Concert Band Editor for Alfred Music Publishing, Robert Sheldon maintains an active composition and conducting schedule, and regularly accepts commissions for new works. Sheldon received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Miami and the Master of Fine Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida.

About Robert Sheldon

Our National Adjudicators for 2016

Chris Gleason acklin
Chris Gleason, Patrick Marsh
(Wisconsin) Middle School
Amy Acklin
University of Louisville