Smoky Mountain Music Festival


Gatlinburg is famous for many things, undoubtedly a favorite tourist destination set just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But did you know that it is also the host city to one of the most well respected and unique music festivals of its kind, the Smoky Mountain Music Festival?

2020 Dates: April 3rd
April 17
April 24

Every year thousands of young musicians travel to Gatlinburg from across the country, elementary through high school aged, to compete in musical competitions of every variety during the Smoky Mountain Music Festival. The competitions cover a variety of categories such as:

  • Concert Band,
  • Orchestra,
  • Jazz Band to Street Parade,
  • Winterguard,
  • Drum Line,
  • Concert Choir,
  • Chorus, and much more.

The Smoky Mountain Music Festival has featured more than 6,000 bands from over half of the United States and even bands from our Northern neighbor, Canada. The festival director is none other than, W.J. Julian, the Director of Bands Emeritus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

The festival not only involves the musicians competing, but it brings the music and competition to downtown Gatlinburg. Everyone can join in on the fun of this festival during Saturdays when the town comes alive with the musical parade. Competing bands attending the festival form a parade that winds through the strip of downtown as visitors and supporters can enjoy and cheer on their favorite band.

2020 JUDGES

April 3/4 Instrumental

Dr. Rick Good
Joe Hermann
Col. Michael Colburn

April 3/4 Choral

Dr. Kirby Shaw
Dr. Ken Fulton
Dr. Michael Schwartzkopf 

April 17/18 Instrumental

Paula Crider
Tom Leslie
Col.  John Bourgeois

April 17/18 Choral

Dr. Angie Batey
Dr. Dee Romines 
Dr. Eric Thorson 

April 24/25 Instrumental

Dr. Stan Michalski
Dr. Terry Austin 
Dr. Don Ryder

April 24/25 Choral

Dr. Kirby Shaw
Dr. Sonja Sepulveda
Dr. David Brunner