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Virginia International Music Festival
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Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations

Norfolk, Virginia

April 30-May 3, 2020

Chrysler Hall and Roper Center for the Performing Arts

67th Annual Parade: Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:00 AM

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Web: www.usafest.org

Email: Performing Arts Consultants

Phone: 800.USA.FEST

If you're interested in entering your band in the Virginia International Music Festival and Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations, please request an application from Dr. Mike Mazzarisi at Performing Arts Consultants at the contact info above.
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Performing Arts Consultants Virginia International Music Festival and Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations IMPORTANT NOTICE (March 17, 2020): The Virginia Arts Festival's top priority is the health and safety of all our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff. In conformance with Governor Ralph Northam's statewide ban on events over 100 people made on March 15, 2020, and due to the increasing threat of COVID-19, all public performances and education events scheduled through May 4 will be postponed or canceled effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

"The safety of our patrons, artists, and staff is paramount, so we made this decision to support public health and do our part to help slow the worldwide spread of this virus," says Robert W. Cross, Perry Artistic Director, Virginia Arts Festival. "While we are proud of the programs we had planned through May 4, please know that given the current global health issues, we are making these difficult decisions in the best interest of all."


Performing Arts Consultants (PAC) in conjunction with The Virginia International Music Festival, the annual Virginia Arts Festival, NATO Fest, and the Virginia International Tattoo provides exciting student performance opportunities for marching bands, concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, choirs and dance teams in beautiful Norfolk, Virginia.

Groups perform at the adjudicated Virginia International Music Festival, then march in the (optional) NATO Parade of Nations alongside up to thirty other competing bands. Parade-only trips in conjunction with NATO Fest and a ticket to the Virginia International Tattoo are also offered.

The annual Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations on Saturday morning is the longest continuously running parade in Hampton Roads and the only parade in the United States honoring NATO. The parade features more than 100 units with local and visiting high school bands, U.S. and international military bands, and colorful floats which represent each of the 29 NATO member nations.

Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the world and offers world class sightseeing on her shores and nearby. Music groups can enjoy Colonial Williamsburg featuring Busch Gardens Theme Park, the beautiful beaches at Virginia Beach, dinner on the Spirit of Norfolk, and the acclaimed Virginia International Tattoo.

The Virginia International Music Festival is a Performing Arts Consultants exclusive festival. Parade-only itineraries are also available. Visit vafest.org for more information about the Festival and usafest.org for details about PAC's exclusive packages.

Recent Participating Bands

NATO Parade of Nations photos Performing Arts Consultants is expecting 30-plus bands in 2020 including jazz bands and orchestras for the adjudicated festival. Some of the bands that have joined PAC in Norfolk the last few years:

• Allentown H.S. Band, Allentown, NJ
• Altoona Area H.S. Band, Altoona, PA
• Amsterdam H.S. Band, Amsterdam, NY
• Arthur L. Johnson H.S. Band, Clark, NJ
• Austintown-Fitch H.S. Band, Austintown, OH
• Beavercreek H.S. Band, Beavercreek, OH
• Belle Vernon Area H.S. Band, Belle Vernon, PA
• Bentworth H.S. Band, Bentleyville, PA
• Beresford H.S. Band, Beresford, SD
• Boardman H.S. Band, Youngstown, OH
• Brick Township H.S. Band, Brick, NJ
• California Area H.S. Band, Coal Center, PA
• Caroline H.S. Band, Milford, VA
• Central Bucks H.S. Band, Doylestown, PA
• Chambersburg Area H.S. Band, Chambersburg, PA
• Clearfield Area H.S. Band, Clearfield, PA
• Clifton H.S. Band, Clifton, NJ
• Colonia H.S. Band, Colonia, NJ
• Corning-Painted Post H.S. Band, Corning, NY
• Delran H.S. Band, Delran, NJ
• Douglas H.S. Band, Douglas, MA
• East Fairmont H.S. Band, Fairmont, WV
• Elizabethtown Area H.S. Band, Elizabethtown, PA
• Elmwood H.S. Band, Bloomdale, OH
• Frazier H.S. Band, Perryopolis, PA
• Girard City School Band, Girard, OH
• Greater Latrobe H.S. Band, Latrobe, PA
• Greensburg Salem H.S. Band, Greensburg, PA
• Hammonton H.S. Band, Hammonton, NJ
• Hampton H.S. Band, Allison Park, PA
• Hernando H.S. Band, Hernando, MS
• Herndon H.S. Band, Herndon, VA
• Hopewell Valley Central H.S. Band, Pennington, NJ
• Howell H.S. Band, Farmingdale, NJ
• James Kenan H.S. Band, Warsaw, NC
• Jeannette H.S. Band, Jeannette, PA
• John F. Kennedy Memorial H.S. Band, Iselin, NJ
• Lacey Township H.S. Band, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
• Loudoun Valley H.S. Band, Purcellville, VA
• Methuen H.S. Band, Methuen, MA
• Montour H.S. Band, McKees Rocks, PA
• Morgantown H.S. Band, Morgantown, WV
• Morristown H.S. Band, Morristown, NJ
• Mount Pleasant Area H.S. Band, Mount Pleasant, PA
• Neptune H.S. Band, Neptune, NJ
• North Attleboro H.S. Band, Attleboro, MA
• North Caroline H.S. Band, Ridgely, MD
• Ocean Township H.S. Band, Oakhurst, NJ
• Octorara Area H.S. Band, Atglen, PA
• Parsippany H.S. Band, Parsippany, NJ
• Pine Richland H.S. Band, Gibsonia, PA
• Plymouth H.S. Band, Plymouth, MA
• Point Pleasant Borough H.S. Band, Pt. Pleasant, NJ
• Riverview H.S. Band, Oakmont, PA
• Robbinsville H.S. Band, Robbinsville, NJ
• Rocky River H.S. Band, Rocky River, OH
• Seneca Valley H.S. Band, Harmony, PA
• South Park H.S. Band, South Park, PA
• Spring Woods H.S. Band, Houston, TX
• Toms River East H.S. Band, Toms River, NJ
• Toms River South H.S. Band, Toms River, NJ
• Trinity H.S. Band, Washington, PA
• University H.S. Band, Orlando, FL
• Upper St. Clair H.S. Band, Pittsburgh, PA
• Virginia H.S. Band, Virginia, MN
• Waynesburg H.S. Band, Waynesburg, PA
• Westfield H.S. Band, Chantilly, VA
• Wilmington Area H.S. Band, New Wilmington, PA
• Woodbury H.S. Band, Woodbury, NJ

Related Events

Bands traveling to Norfolk for the Virginia International Music Festival and Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations can take advantage of educational and entertaining opportunities including:

• Virginia International Tattoo
• Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise
• National Maritime Center
• Nauticus (maritime-themed science center and museum)
• Battleship Wisconsin
• Busch Gardens
• Colonial Williamsburg
• Jamestown
• Virginia Beach
• Haunted River
• Berkeley Plantation
• Carter's Grove
• Virginia Air & Space Center

Future Dates

April 30-May 3, 2020
(The Virginia International Music Festival and Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations are always held at the end of April)

For More Information

Web: www.usafest.org

Email: Performing Arts Consultants
Phone: 800.USA.FEST

If you're interested in entering your band in the Virginia International Music Festival and Norfolk NATO Festival Parade of Nations, please request an application from Dr. Mike Mazzarisi at Performing Arts Consultants at the contact info above.