Plainfield Invitational Concert Band Festival

The Plainfield Central High School Bands and the PCHS Band Boosters are excited to host the Plainfield Invitational Concert Band Festival (PICBF) on Saturday, March 4th, 2023! This year’s festival will be open to the first 26 bands that apply and will be scheduled according to the order of applications received in addition to the director’s preference of performance time. At this time, all bands will be scheduled to perform in the Auditorium!

PICBF is a non-competitive festival where the focus is on growth rather than competition and ranking. Every ensemble will receive written and recorded commentary from a panel of three evaluators and a clinic with one of those three evaluators as well as a ‘clean’ recording of their performance from Don Harkins Recording.
While we know you’ll want to bring many of your own percussion accessories to compliment your performance selections, PICBF provides a full complement of percussion equipment that you may use for the festival to minimize what needs to be packed and transported. Please plan to bring your own implements to play all percussion instruments, but we’ll have some equipment there for backup “just in case”.

As confirmation of your participation, you will receive an invoice at the provided email address to use to process payment with your school’s business office. 

First Ensemble Registration: $300 / ensemble
Additional Ensembles: $250 / ensemble

2023 Attending Ensembles

Downers Grove South Wind Ensemble
Aaron Kennedy

Downers Grove South Concert Band
Robbi Hicks

Hinsdale South Wind Symphony
Matt Goeke

Joliet All-City Band
R. Scott Barnas, Laura Armstrong

Joliet West Symphonic Band
Eric Wellman

Joliet West Symphonic Winds
Alyson Bauman

Lake Central Wind Ensemble
Elliot Smith

Lockport Symphonic Band
Anna Mudroch

Morris Concert Band
Matthew Hendricks

Morris Symphonic Band
Matthew Hendricks

Oswego Wind Ensemble
Kevin Schoenbach

Oswego Wind Symphony
Stephanie San Roman

Plainfield Central Symphonic Band, Amy Mullard

Plainfield Central Wind Ensemble, Chris Vanderwall

Plainfield East Symphonic Band
Jenna Wojdula

Plainfield East Wind Ensemble
David Lesniak

Plainfield North Symphonic Band, Tim Hatcher & Jason LaVallee

Plainfield North Wind Ensemble
Tim Hatcher

Plainfield South Symphonic Band, Jerrod Cook & Ben Clemons

Plainfield South Wind Ensemble, Jerrod Cook & Ben Clemons

Providence Catholic Symphonic Band, Kyle Baltzer

Serena High School
Geoffrey Pierce

Yorkville Wind Ensemble
Victor Anderson & Bobby Vriezen

Yorkville Symphonic Band
Bobby Vriezen

2023 Featured Ensemble

The DePaul University Wind Symphony

Erica Neidlinger

12:00 PM Concert, early ensembles strongly encouraged to stay and later ensembles strongly encouraged to arrive early. Bands will be allowed to enter and leave if needed between pieces.

Event Format

  • 30-minute warm up
  • 20-minute performance
  • 25-minute clinic

Clinics will take place in the band room following your performance, performers & directors only.

Participant Info

Participating Bands – Please use the resources below to ensure that you, your students, and their parents all have a great experience at PICBF!

Mailing Info

Plainfield Central Band Boosters
C/O: PICBF Registration
P.O. Box 561
Plainfield, IL 60544

Future Dates

March 4, 2023
March 2, 2024
March 8, 2025

2023 Panel of Clinicians

Scott Casagrande
John Hersey HS, Ret.
Music for All Educational Team

James Hile
Elmhurst University
Barry Houser
University of Illinois
Scott Teeple
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Shawn Vondran
Northwestern University

New for 2023 – College (of Music) Fair

We’ll be featuring a College (of Music) Fair in the cafeteria and will list the colleges available here as information becomes available! If you’re interested in a booth at our college fair, please reach out to Chris Vanderwall at for more information.

Please note that we have reached capacity for our 2023 festival and any submissions after 11/3/2022 1:35 PM will be placed on a waiting list in case an opening is created.

If there are another ten bands that would like to attend, we will open a second performance space and hire additional clinicians for the festival.

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