Tri-State Band Festival

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Each fall more than 100 of the Northland's best high school musicians gather at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for the Tri-State Honor Band Festival.

The musicians spend the day working with music faculty and guest clinicians. That evening they join university musicians in performing a public concert in Thorpe Langley Auditorium.

For more information about the Tri-State Honor Band Festival, contact the UW-Superior Music Department at (715) 394-8115 or

Fall 2016 Annual Tri-State Honor Band Festival

Joshua serves as the Associate Director of Bands at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina. Ensembles under his direction have received superior ratings at festivals as well as numerous regional, state and circuit championships. Before coming to River Bluff, Mr. Hinkel served as Director of Bands at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, South Carolina, Lake View High School in Lake View, South Carolina and R.H. Rollings Middle School of the Arts in Summerville, South Carolina. In constant demand as a conductor, composer and arranger, he enjoys traveling all over the United States, creating wonderful music with band students everywhere. His works can be heard from concert halls of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. to the performing venues of Drumcorps International (DCI), Winter Guard International (WGI) and Bands of America (BOA).

Recently, Mr. Hinkel was the staff arranger for the Coastal Carolina University “Spirit of the Chanticleer” Marching Band and brass arranger for the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps from Seattle, Washington and Spokane Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps from Spokane, Washington. His marching music affiliations include the Spirit of Atlanta, the Tampa Bay Thunder, Coastal Surge in addition to numerous high school and college programs throughout the United States. Currently, he also is a featured concert band composer with C. Alan Publications from Greensboro, North Carolina and Alfred Publishing from Van Nuys, California.

Mr. Hinkel is a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team. He holds the B.M. in Music Education from the University of South Carolina and the M. Ed in Secondary Education from Coastal Carolina University. Mr. Hinkel’s passion is to create new and exciting music for students of all ages in addition to teaching life-skills, leadership and the art of music making. He is also a national board certified teacher (NBCT).

He resides in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife Jessica, Yorkshire Terrier Joey and attends NewSpring Church. In addition to music, he is an active member and participant in the USTA (United States Tennis Association). His recordings can be found at:,, and

Josh Hinkel

Joshua Hinkel serves as the Associate Director of Bands at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina.