“The President’s Cup” Concert Band Festival

is an invitation only, adjudicated festival for high school wind ensembles.  The most accomplished high school music programs will be invited to spend a day with retired and active duty military musicians.


The festival is designed to challenge high school ensembles to understand their full potential and to emphasize the dedication and hard work it takes to be their best.  “The President’s Cup” will represent the values of hard work, superb performance, and teamwork exemplified by America’s men and women in uniform.


Each concert band will have the opportunity to perform on-stage at the beautiful Hylton Performing Arts Center in Historic Manassas, Virginia.  Following their festival performance, bands will receive a clinic and instruction by our excellent panel of clinicians and adjudicators.  To round out the musical instruction, clinicians will provide master classes by instrument. 


The festival day will conclude with a feature concert by The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”*

For those who wish to watch the band's perform, President's Cup festival is free and open to the public.


Evening Concert by The Unted States Army Band  “Pershing’s Own”

"Pershing's Own" is a world renowned music ensemble that has been at the forefront of the concert band world for over a century.  In this role they have a unique and profound opportunity to share their experiences and talents with younger generations.  

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has been the premier musical organization of the U.S. Army since 1922 when Army Chief of Staff General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing directed that it be formed to emulate the premier European military bands he had heard during the First World War.  


“Pershing’s Own” provides musical support for the leadership of the United States, to include all branches of government, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in support of Soldiers and their Families, public diplomacy, community and international relations, recruiting initiatives, and music education programs. Its mission is to instill in U.S. forces the will to fight and win, to foster the support of U.S. citizens, and to promote U.S. national interests at home and abroad. The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and its Soldiers tell the story of America’s Army, the Nation’s force of decisive action.

The United States Army Band Concert is free and open to the public.


"It was a fantastic event ran by the most professional and courteous staff I have had the pleasure of working with. The entire event has a touch of class that far exceeds that of other festivals our band has attended."


Thank you for organizing such a unique event. 

Vance Brakefield


Washington, DC

Washington DC is not only the capital of the United States of America but also the center of American history, education, and the performing arts. Your visit to Washington, DC will educate and inspire you to achieve the highest levels of educational excellence. Whether it’s an illuminated night tour among the nation’s most majestic monuments and memorials or stepping into the halls of congress, your visit to Washington, DC will create memories that will last a lifetime. 


Hylton Performing Arts Center entertains, educates, and enriches the Northern Virginia community by providing diverse and accessible arts experiences in state-of-the art venues.


Merchant Hall is an elegantly styled opera house with a 100 foot stage and orchestra pit. Its clever design provides every audience member an intimate experience and the perfect setting for a variety of genres - symphonies, dance, opera and theater – everything from bluegrass to Beethoven!


Sound Education Programs

Sound Education Programs by Historic Programs Inc. is a not-for-profit organization committed to remembering people, places and events that have shaped the world, through high-quality music education programs. Whether it’s the liberation of Europe during World War II, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution or paying tribute to those who were a force for change. Our officially recognized programs have both complimented the occasion and entertained audiences.  During the past two decades, thousands of people have joined with us at historic locations around the world to commemorate the past and celebrate the future with music and culture while saluting those people, places and ideals that have both inspired and united people for generations.