GMYS Magic City Band Festival

New Dates Coming Soon!

The Greater Miami Youth Symphony is pleased to host our very first band festival called the Magic City Band Festival with support from the City of Miami Beach and our partnership with The New World Center. The purpose of this event is to promote the importance of Band programs throughout Miami-Dade County and provide young musicians with an opportunity to meet, perform, share their musical achievement and creativity, enhance their skills, learn new repertoire, and collaborate with one another.

This is a FREE event open to various levels of students (eligibility criteria – released soon!). It will take place on TBA. The festival will operate from 8 AM – 5 PM with a culminating performance at 6 PM. Auditions are required for placement, but all students are welcome. 

How to Apply?

Students must complete the registration form. Your form should include a link to your recorded video of the audition requirements (see eligibility criteria below). Audition videos and registration forms are DUE April 3. Placements and part assignments will be released on April 17.

Elegibility Criteria

Levels Expectations* Requirements
305 Band Grades 5-8, 1-3 years of experience Student will prepared 3 selected pieces
Magic City Band Grade 9-12, 4+ years of experience Student will prepared 3 selected pieces

*Grade levels are general estimates of age ranges. Students will be placed based on ability by panel of judges

Please select the band that you think you most likely fit into. You may also check out the music requirements for reference. You will select the part that you want or that you are most qualified to play. Your final part assignment may change depending on the results of your audition; you will have time to learn the new part before the performance. Our panel of judges will make the decision on final seating and part assignments. This information will be released on April 17, 2023.

If we cannot open the link to your video, your submission may be disqualified.

Instructions on how to submit a video HERE

What is included?

Participants will receive large ensemble instruction and sectionals from some of Miami’s finest artists and educators (instructional staff – released soon!). Students will receive a GMYS Magic City Band Festival shirt, lunch, and a snack. Optional transportation will be provided for students from our GMYS office located in South Miami TO the New World Center. The bus will depart at 7 AM. Families and guardians will be responsible for picking up their children from the New World Center after the concert finishes at 7:30 PM. Tickets to the performance are not included and are $20 per person (Audience and guests of performers will need a ticket). Performers do not need a ticket.

Important Dates to Know

February 15 – Audition Requirements Release

April 3 – Video Submissions / Registrations DUE

April 17 – Placements and part assignments sent to email on registration form

May 1 – Schedule released


Our GMYS Magic City Band Festival Faculty

Michele Fernández

Band Director

Anibal Hernández

Trombone Coach

Jennifer Jimenez

Percussion Coach

Cameron Elliot

French Horn Coach

Lauren Washburn

Clarinet Coach

Michael J. Digregorio

Bassoon Coach


  • Instrument and accessories (reeds, valve oil, straps, slide grease, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Concert Attire 
  • Pencil
  • Sweater or jacket 
  • Meal (If you have dietary restrictions, please let our staff know to accommodate you. You may choose to bring your own lunch)

Dark Jeans, GMYS Magic City Band Festival shirt (provided), and closed toe black shoes.

Participation in the GMYS Magic City Band Festival is FREE. Audience members will pay $20 per ticket to attend the concert.

The GMYS Magic City Band Festival will take place at The New World   (500 17th street, Miami Beach, Florida 33139).

YES. As this is a one day festival, students MUST remain for the entire event. No exceptions.

Yes, please make sure you make a note in the registration form.

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