What is the Neil Boyer Band Festival?

​The Phillipsburg High School Band and Band Boosters present The Neil Boyer American Heritage Festival of Bands, featuring high school marching bands from throughout the region. This festival has taken place since 1972, and in 2006, the Phillipsburg School District officially approved changing the name to the “Neil Boyer Band Festival”. Mr. Boyer retired from the district after serving 35 years of teaching Instrumental Music and directing the marching band. He was also the creator of the initial Phillipsburg High School Festival of Bands.

The performances that are on display are the culmination of countless hours of practice by the students, and illustrate the creativity and commitment to excellence by the band directors and assistants. At Phillipsburg, these same principles of hard work and dedication apply to our marching band led by Mr. Adam Josephson. The philosophy of the Festival is to adjudicate bands against a standard of achievement rather than against each other. The standards of achievements are actually determined by the participating bands themselves.

For more information, please contact the Festival Committee at bandfestival@phillipsburgband.com