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Welcome to Kearney High School!

The Kearney High School Band Parents warmly welcome you to Kearney High School! We are thrilled to be hosting this important event and trust that you will have a good experience. We will do our best to make your day go smoothly. We know all of the time and hard work that has gone into the preparation for these performances. Good luck and enjoy the results of everyone’s efforts!

Kearney High School is located at 2702 W. 11th St. in Kearney, and the building will open at 7:00 a.m. Please refer to the parking map for the correct entrance for band buses, equipment trucks, and the general public.

Site Contacts

General Admission

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend any performance throughout the day free of charge. Spectators should proceed to the west side of the school and enter off of 30th Ave. All spectators should enter at DOOR 27 (look for the sign) and will be instructed how to proceed to the Concert Hall and Theater (CHaT). Spectators are asked to park at the Berean Church Parking directly to the west of KHS, and all seating is general admission on the main level of the Concert Hall


Concessions will open all day in Room H100. We will have limited concessions available that will include snacks and beverages. All proceeds will go to support the KHS band. All food needs to be consumed in Room H100.


Band Directors: Please remember to bring 2 ORIGINAL scores that can be used for the judges. Photocopies will not be allowed.

Drop-off and Parking Information

Bus and equipment vehicles should enter the south parking lot entrance on 30th Ave (the west side of KHS). Then proceed north along the side of the school. All buses should plan to drop off students at Door 33 and then proceed to park on either 16th Street or 27th Ave north of KHS.

Travel Times to Avoid: KHS will be in session on Friday for this event. Please try not to arrive between 7:40 – 8:15 a.m., or leave between 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. on that Friday.

Dressing Rooms and Restrooms

We are not providing dressing rooms. There will be bathrooms right inside as you arrive at Door 33. We are asking that everyone stay in the music wing of the building.

No Play Zone

To ensure that the performance does not receive interference, the only place where students can play will be their warm-up area during their designated time. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Performance Sequence

The sequence begins with your check-in on arrival at Door 33. There will be room monitors at each location throughout the day.

  1. Check-in at Door 33
    Volunteers will be available to answer questions and give directions. Students will be able to leave their cases and coats in the band room. The room monitor will direct your band to your storage area. You will be able to leave your stuff in the band room for the morning OR afternoon/evening session.
  2. Assembly/Ready
    In general we want everyone to be in the Concert Hall (CHaT) whenever possible. Listening to and encouraging each other is the spirit of this event.
  3. Music Warm-up
    At your warm up time, please proceed to the Black Box Theater (Room H102) for your warm up location. This time is for you to use how you wish. You will have 20 min in this station. There will be chairs and limited percussion equipment but no stands available.
  4. Performance
    The warm up room monitor will tell you when it is time to move to the Concert Hall for your performance. There will be chairs and limited percussion equipment but no stands available.
  5. Clinic
    Following your performance, you will be directed to the clinic room (Room G107) where you will have an opportunity to work with one of our fantastic clinicians. There will be stands and chairs in there as well as some percussion instruments. Please don’t plan on having a full percussion section in this room.
  6. Exit
    Following your clinic you will be directed to the band room to pack up your instruments. You may leave your things in the band room for the morning OR afternoon session.

Percussion Instruments

  • Kearney High School will only be providing 4 timpani, bass drum, chimes, tam-tam, glockenspiel, 4.3 octave marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, and piano. Please contact the Concert Band Festival Chair, Tom Thorpe, with any questions and/or special requests in advance of the festival.
  • Participating ensembles are responsible for bringing their own snare drum, assorted cymbals, keyboard and chime mallets, beaters, sticks, and small auxiliary instruments. Kearney High School cannot guarantee availability of any of these items for you to borrow on the day of the festival.

Presentation of Awards

No awards will be presented at this event.

Good Luck!

Nathan LeFeber