November 6, 2021

2021 Lakeside Band Festival This year’s Lakeside Band Festival takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. 

The festival gives young, promising instrumentalists a chance to interact with top performers from America and abroad. The Lakeside Band Festival will be an all-day invaluable time of interaction in which high school students will learn what it’s like to be a collegiate musician from Carthage’s very own. The festival will end in a concert in which the festival goers will get the chance to play with Carthage’s Wind Orchestra!

The Lakeside Band Festival has brought musical talent from all over the United States, Australia, and the Netherlands. The very first festival featured Larry Combs, who formerly played principal clarinet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Carthage’s very own Professor James Ripley is the director of the event and will conduct the Lakeside Band Festival Concert. Prof. Ripley serves as advisor to the Sakuyo Wind Orchestra in Kurashiki, Japan, and is the music director of the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band. He has also been the recipient of the Carlo A. Sperati Award, bestowed by Luther College, and he has taught and held clinics in different states around the country.

This year, the theme of the festival is “Find Your Wings.” Two works will be performed by the festival-goers and students: Alfred Reed’s “Alleluia, Laudamus Te” as well as Igor Stravinsky’s “Berceuse and Finale” from “The Firebird.” Carthage’s Wind Orchestra will also treat the crowd to a performance of Omar Thomas’ “Come Sunday.”


The goal of the Lakeside Band Festival is to provide an opportunity for area musicians to observe, engage, and interact with world-class musicians. Each festival is conducted by a noted composer/conductor.

Distinguished artists who have participated in past Lakeside Festivals include:

  • Larry Combs — principal clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Woodrow Hodges — bassoon, Carthage College
  • Dr. Jay Gilbert — Doane College (guest conductor)
  • Dr. Andrew Boysen Jr. — University of New Hampshire (guest conductor)
  • Daniel Bukvich — University of Idaho (guest composer)
  • Gregory Flint — horn, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • James Barnes — University of Kansas (guest conductor)
  • Susan Cook — alto saxophone, DePaul University and Carthage College
  • Timothy Mahr — St. Olaf College (guest conductor)
  • Scott Tegge — tuba, Carthage College
  • Jonathan Newman — BCM (guest conductor)
  • Frank Ticheli — University of Southern California (guest conductor)
  • Melissa Snoza — flute, Carthage College
  • Dana Wilson — Ithaca College (guest conductor)
  • Alvin Lowrey — principal trumpet emeritus, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
  • Johan de Meij — Amstel Music (guest conductor)
  • Paul von Hoff — trombone, Carthage College
  • Ralph Hultgren — Queensland Conservatorium (guest conductor)
  • Libby Larsen — American Composers Forum (guest composer/clinician)
  • James Stephenson — Stephenson Music (guest conductor)
  • Erica Anderson — oboe, Carthage College
  • Bill Connor — Macaenas Music (guest conductor)
  • New Century Saxophone Quartet


If you can’t join us in person, you can stream the event. Livestream is available on our multimedia page and YouTube channel.