The Will McLean Festival Youth Program
Our Youth Program provides a variety of engaging opportunities for youth of all ages to participate in the Will McLean Festival.
No experience necessary! (Seriously, no musical experience necessary!!)
Participating in the Youth Program allows youth of any experience level to become inspired or continue exploring their love of music. Come join us!
For Developing Young Musicians
The Youth Song Collaboration
A beloved highlight of each year’s festival is the Youth Song Collaboration. Youth participating in the Youth Program gather at the beginning of the festival and collaborate to create an original song all their own. Throughout the weekend, they develop and practice the song, and perform it on the main Magnolia Stage at the conclusion of the festival. All youth are invited to join the collaboration.
For ALL Youth Interested in Music
The Shooting Star Stage
The Shooting Star Showcase
Young musicians and young musical groups seeking performance opportunities may apply for a spot in the festival’s beloved Shooting Star Showcase. Traditionally held on Saturday afternoon on the Azalea Stage, this Showcase features some of the best of our young performers, many of whom have grown up through the years developing their musical talent through the festival’s Youth Program.
The Battle of the Bands
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The Krieger Family Band
The Krieger Family Band, from West Palm Beach, FL, plays a diversity of instruments and sings with a distinctive harmony. They have been playing for about six years, incorporating gospel, bluegrass, Celtic, old time and other types of music. The band has performed at Barberville music festivals, Will McLean festivals, the Florida Old Time Music Championship, the South Florida Fair, and is scheduled to perform at this coming Florida Folk Festival.