University of South Florida

School of Music

USF College of The Arts

Festival of Winds Information

The University of South Florida’s School of Music is proud to host Festival of Winds in December each year. FOW was founded by Jim Croft in 1974 and has grown to become one of the finest events of its type in the southeast. In addition to playing in one of three large concert bands conducted by outstanding clinicians, students will participate in master classes, attend multiple concerts, play in a chamber ensemble or jazz band, and experience the thrill of being on a college campus for four days. Participants are nominated by their band directors based on their musical and leadership excellence, and must be high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors in order to be eligible.    

Information about next year's festival will be released in 2024.