Letter from the director

It is my pleasure to invite you and your band to participate in Northern Arizona University's Band Day. Due to the high number of entries from Arizona and surrounding states, we will be limiting the number of participating groups to 30. Given the overwhelming success of last year's Band Day, we urge you to submit your application as soon as possible.

The 30 available time slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. No times will be reserved until payment has been received, either by:

  • check
  • money order
  • purchase order

Entries exceeding the cap will be placed on a waiting list, according to postmark date. Notification of your group's acceptance or placement on the waiting list will be sent after receipt of application and payment. Bands will be assigned classification based on their ABODA assignment.

The entry fee for this year's festival is $300.00. Entry fees can be offset by placing an advertisement and/or 'Shout Out' in the Band Day program. For more information on how you can offset your entry fee, please visit:

All applications are due by October 8, 2016. It is to your advantage to submit your online registration and payment early.

We commend the outstanding performances of last year's bands and look forward to your band's participation in Band Day.

Daniel J. Schmidt, DMA
Director of Bands, Professor of Music

Allison Howard
Associate Director of Bands