All New England Band Festival

Monday, November 22, 2021

Applications for the 2021 All New England Band Festival are now being accepted.

Festival Conductors

Dr. Joshua Kearney

Assistant Director of Bands
Director of Athletic Bands
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Joshua Kearney is Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Bands, and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he is responsible for all aspects of the athletic band program, teaches courses in music education and conducting, and directs the University Band. In addition to his duties at UNO, Dr. Kearney serves as Music Director of the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Kearney began his career as a teacher in the public schools south of Nashville, Tennessee. Kearney has worked as an adjudicator and clinician for ensembles of all levels—maintaining an active guest conducting schedule with ensembles locally and across the United States. Additionally, Kearney regularly shares his research and experiences through conference presentations within the U.S. and abroad.

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Dr. Kearney earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Kevin Sedatole and his Master of Music in Conducting from Columbus State University (GA) where he was a student of Jamie L. Nix. He also earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Columbus State University. Kearney holds affiliations with the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, and the College Band Directors National Association. Kearney has served on the Executive Board for the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association and currently serves as Chair of the Social Media Committee for the College Band Directors National Association.

Dr. Jared Staub

Director of Bands
Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education
Plymouth State University

Jared Staub is currently the Director of Bands at Plymouth State University where he conducts the Symphonic Band, teaches courses in conducting and instrumental music education, and oversees the applied low brass studio.

Prior to this he served as the Director of Bands at Grand Rapids Community College where he conducted the Wind and Jazz Ensembles and taught courses in music theory and instrumental music education. His public-school teaching experience includes serving for six years as Director of Bands at Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Indiana where he oversaw all aspects of a comprehensive high school band program—directing the marching, jazz, and concert bands, and serving as music director for all musical theater productions. Dr. Staub taught in similar capacities in schools in the greater Chicago area.

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Committed to the creation of new music for the band medium, he has presented multiple world and Michigan premieres of new music for winds with ensembles at Grand Rapids Community College and Michigan State University. As an orchestrator, he has worked closely with noted American composer Robert Beaser on a wind transcription of his composition “Double Chorus”, currently published by Schott Music, and is currently completing a new transcription of Beaser’s “Evening Prayer”.

In addition, Dr. Staub has presented his work at both the College Band Directors National Association National and Southern Division Conferences, as well as The College Music Society Southwestern and Northwestern Division Regional Conferences. Upcoming engagements include the College Music Society International Conference in Bogatá-Medellín, Colombia, the conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in Prague, Czech Republic, and the National CMS Conference in Rochester, NY.

A native of Bristol, Connecticut, Jared Staub earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University, where he was actively involved in teaching and assisting within all aspects of the band program in the College of Music. He received his Master of Music in Wind Conducting from the University of Kentucky and his Bachelor of Music Education from Central Connecticut State University. He has professional affiliations with the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.


High School musicians (grades 10-12) recommended by their high school band director are eligible.


The cost for each high school participant is $30.00. This registration fee is payable at the time of the notification of selection and acceptance by the student. There is no registration fee for participating directors.