Shippensburg University and the Department of Music & Theatre Arts are proud to host the 74th Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival on Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the Luhrs Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, February 25, 94 students representing 20 colleges and universities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will come together as one band for hours of rehearsal, and a culminating performance annual performance.

The band will be under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Richard M. Heidel, director of Bands and professor of Music from the University of Iowa.

Concert program includes:

  • Shimmering Sunshine – Kevin Day
  • Until Morning Come – Andrew Boss
  • Angels in the Architecture – Frank Ticheli
  • Washington Grays – Claudio S. Grafulla
  • El Camino Real – Alfred Reed

Congratulations to the Shippensburg University musicians chosen for this festival:

  • William “Ryan” Cleary (Junior) – Timpani
  • Ethan Koppenhaver (Senior) – Alto Sax
  • Ryann Libor (Freshman) – Clarinet
  • Cassandra Oakes (Senior) – Percussion
  • Emily Osilka (Senior) – Tuba
  • Nicholas Snively (Sophomore) – Bari Sax
  • Thomas Stangel (Sophomore) – Trumpet
  • Nathaniel Widmann (Sophomore) – Trombone


Founded in 1948, the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band is the oldest continually operating band of its kind in the United States.

Each year, students from colleges and universities across the Commonwealth of PA submit applications, recommended by their band directors, and are chosen to participate by a selection committee.

The host school selects a nationally known guest conductor and a challenging repertoire is chosen.

Students and directors travel to the host school in March, for hours of intense rehearsals and a culminating concert on Sunday afternoon.

For more information, contact the Department of Music & Theatre Arts, 717-477-1638