Tri-State Band Festival

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

Tri-StateHonor Bands 2019

Black Band

Good Night Dear Heart by Dan Forest

Chips and Salsa Too by Ed Kiefer

Croatan Warrior by Ed Kiefer

Gold Band

Bridget Cruise by Garry Gackstatter

Chase at Midnight by Tim Fisher

Soar High by Ed Kiefer

Guest Clinician Ed Kiefer

Ed Kiefer Profile

Ed Kiefer graduated from Wake Forest University with honors in 1976. He received his Masters in Music Education in 1990 from the University of Greensboro. He served as the Director of Bands at East Davidson High School in Thomasville, NC for 28 years and as Director of Instrumental Music at Pfeiffer University for 6 years. 

Kiefer was awarded the Jaycees Young Educator of the Year Award in1994, has been recognized by his fellow band directors with the Award of Excellence, and is sought after as an adjudicator, clinician and conductor for state and national concert, marching and jazz events. 

Ed uses his experience as a middle and high school director to compose music that is playable and fun for the students and audiences alike. Those years in the classroom have allowed him to learn what is easy for the students and what challenges them musically. His publications have been performed world-wide and featured at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Some of his works are on several state music festival lists and are played regularly at festivals and conventions. Ed was inducted into the North Carolina Band Director's Hall of FAme in 2017. He will be presenting at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in December of 2019 in Chicago.