SpringFest at Sabine Creek Ranch is designed to be the very best music festival for bands, choirs, and orchestras in the Metroplex! Groups not only get to play inside an air-conditioned event center with great acoustics and wonderful adjudicators, but students will have a great day of fun in a camp-like atmosphere.
Top reasons you don’t want to miss SpringFest at Sabine Creek Ranch!
Sabine Creek Ranch is located just 30 minutes east of downtown Dallas off I-30 near Rockwall. Easy access from George Bush, I-30, and I-20 makes travel fast and easy from across the Metroplex and beyond!
Our air-conditioned, indoor event center is a perfect performance space for choirs, bands, and orchestras. Excellent acoustics and state-of-the-art media resources enhance the festival experience. Warm up areas are also inside and free of distractions. Delicious meals are served in the dining hall. Sabine Creek Ranch is a state licensed and inspected youth camp, and all staff are extensively trained and background checked.
Of course, having fun should be a big part of any end-of-school-year music festival! Sabine Creek Ranch hosts thousands of children and teens each year for camps, retreats, school field trips, and outdoor education. We are experts in safe, fun activities for groups of all sizes. We entertain groups of 1,500 guests with customized, age-appropriate activities, including our Screamer Swing, Climbing Wall, Zip Line, Paddle boats, Hayrides, Animal exhibits, Sand Volleyball, Gaga Ball, Sport Court, Obstacle Courses, Inflatables and more! Most of all, we focus on students building great memories with friends and teachers!
SpringFest will allow your group to play for experienced adjudicators who bring the right balance of encouragement and suggestions for improvement. Groups will receive a rating and feedback as well as the opportunity to win prizes for their performance!
Our founder, Dr. Ed Walker, has over 30 years of experience as a writer, orchestrator, producer, and performer in a wide variety of musical styles. He has played keyboards and conducted for choirs, orchestras, and bands for recordings and live performances. Ed grew up as a multi-instrumentalist, playing bluegrass, gospel, and country music with his family. After graduating from the Duncanville High School band program and being voted “Most Talented” in his senior class, Ed joined the jazz band at Stephen F. Austin State University and began honing his writing, orchestration, and recording skills. After college he traveled full-time as a musician before joining Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall as a worship leader. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and is a professor in the Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. Though he has led music for all ages, he has encouraged untold thousands of children and teenagers around the world to celebrate musically at camps, retreats, and other special events.
Built By and For Educators
Since 2003, Sabine Creek Ranch has welcomed thousands of campers each year from schools, churches, and other groups. Your host and event administrator, Sarah Walker, is an experienced teacher and former principal who understands the unique needs of school groups. At Sabine Creek you will find a professional, yet friendly and flexible, atmosphere where we work with group leaders! Regardless of the age group, our staff designs age-appropriate events that are sure to please! Once your performance is over, SpringFest will offer safe and fun activities where students can build lifelong memories with friends.
Inclement Weather Plan
Our hope is that we will have beautiful, sunny weather for each of our SpringFest days! We have wonderful activities planned for your students to experience a fun day at camp in the country. We’ve been doing this a long time and know that sometimes rain arrives when we least want it to, but also that the weather man is often 100% wrong! The “show will go on” no matter the weather as far as the music festival goes. We have indoor rehearsal and performance areas where your musicians will be comfortable and dry. If rain does come and stay, our staff will make the determination whether activities will be canceled for the day. If this happens, you will be provided with certificates for each of your students to enjoy another event in the Dallas area at their convenience in the months ahead.
Email Sarah Walker!
COVID-19 UPDATE: Unfortunately, SpringFest 2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After speaking with band and choir leaders from area school districts, we have decided to postpone the next SpringFest event until Spring of 2022. Any deposits received will be applied to SpringFest 2022. We will contact our existing groups with exact dates early in the Fall of 2021. Thanks, and we can’t wait to have you back with us for some amazing music presented by some amazing young musicians!
A message from Dr. Ed Walker
Founder of Sabine Creek Ranch
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Groups will perform 2 songs of their choice.
Cost per Group: $150 + Activity Fee per students and chaperones
*Registration Deposits are non-refundable.
Music Performance only (no activities or food) – $350 flat fee per group
Student Activity Fee – Before the Festival, an activity fee of $15 per student and adult chaperone (teachers and bus drivers are exempt) covers ALL activities! We provide lunch for $5 more and you will have an assigned section and time. The corresponding number of bracelets will be provided to the school for participants upon arrival.
We had such a blast today! Not only was everything organized so clearly, the buildings were beautiful, the grounds spacious, and the activities the best!
Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful experience for our students!
Thank you so much!
Glad I got to canoe at the end – that was so much fun!
Bye for now, and thank you all for your great spirits.