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  • Festival format

    Big Band

    Non-competitive (comments only)

    Each ensemble will have a 30 minute time slot to perform and receive an on stage clinic. Middle schools/Junior High schools must enter this category.

    Competitive Ensembles

    Each will have a 30 minute time slot to perform and receive an on stage clinic. Note a change from previous years: There will be no sight reading.

    Schools choosing the competitive format will be placed in a class according to school enrollment.

    * Class AA (1000 or higher)
    * Class A (600 – 999)
    * Class B (599 – less)

    If your school enters more than one big band, your second (or third) ensemble would perform in the next lower class or choose non-comp. Example: Worlds Best High School (1200 students); Jazz I must enter Class AA, Jazz II would enter Class  A or Non Comp. If there is a Jazz III, they would  enter Class B or non-comp.  You always have the option of having all of your groups perform in the same class as your school size.

    Jazz Combos

    Ensembles with eight or fewer musicians. Combos have a 30 minute time slot and may choose to perform for comments only or competitive. Combos are not divided into class.


    Scholarships are awarded for outstanding performers as well as certificates recognizing individual talents regardless of performance category.


    Sessions presented for each instrument by members of the UW-L Jazz Faculty and a Clinic with our guest artists.


    Performances by ensembles: 8:00am – 3:30pm
    Workshops & clinics: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Concert: 7:00pm
    - features UW-L Jazz I, outstanding ensembles from each class and our guest artist.


    Big Bands w/ Concert Tickets - $275.00
    - (Includes tickets to the evening concert for director, band members, and 2 chaperones)
    Big Bands w/o Concert Tickets - $250.00
    - (Does not include tickets to concert. Tickets may be purchased individually for $5.00)
    Combos - $250.00
    - (Includes tickets to the evening concert for director, combo members, and 2 chaperones)

    For questions, contact the Festival Coordinator: Karyn Quinn - or 608.785.6727