Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival


The Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival is a non-competitive performance and evaluation opportunity that shines a spotlight on the nation’s most outstanding scholastic concert percussion ensembles. 

All auditioning ensembles receive recorded and written evaluation from a panel of percussion educators. Invited ensembles experience a first-class festival of performances, clinics, master classes and special events. All the benefits contribute to the ultimate goal of showcasing your ensemble’s excellence and helping it move to the next level.

The Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival provides a national forum for performance and recognition for America’s outstanding concert percussion ensembles, as well as a wealth of educational opportunities for the participating ensembles.

Key elements include:
  • Non-competitive performance format allowing ensembles to stretch and grow
  • Scheduled audience time ensuring a sizeable and appreciative audience
  • 25 minutes of music performed within a 40 minute block for all invited ensembles
  • Recorded and written evaluation from a distinguished panel of percussion educators
  • Private, post-concert clinic with one of the evaluators
  • Student master classes
  • Full participation in Music for All National Festival events including the Opening Session, social events and Gala Awards Banquet.
Requirements for Application
All auditioning percussion ensembles receive recorded and written critique from a panel of esteemed music educators on the selection/evaluation committee. The listening is “blind”– ensembles are not identified to evaluators in the listening process. Evaluators then recommend the percussion ensembles that demonstrate an exemplary level of excellence to perform at the Festival.

Application consists of the completed Application Form submitted with the audition CD and application fee. Specific requirements for application audition recording are included on the Requirements for Application page in this packet. The application fee is $200 for percussion ensembles. See the application form for application fee reductions for multiple ensembles from one school. 
Additional Ensembles
Submission of your application is a commitment to attend and perform if accepted (unless you select the “Input Only” box on your application). Subject to space availability, Featured and Invited concert bands and orchestras may add a 12 minute percussion ensemble performance in a 20 minute performance block at the percussion venue with all the benefits for an additional $900.

Venues and Facilities
The beautiful Warren Performing Arts Center will host the Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival. The state of the art Marriott Place Indianapolis, featuring the JW Marriott, will be the official hotel of the Festival. See more at