36th Annual KU Jazz Festival
March 1-2, 2013

Overview | Event Schedule | Participant Info | Registration

School Info:

 - Big Bands: $250  ($275 after 1/22/13)
 -Combos: $200 ($225 after 1/22/13)

    Online Registration Form 

Evening Concerts:

Friday, March 1, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Free State High School Auditiorium:
BOB SHEPPARD, saxophone, with the
Free State High School Jazz Ensemble I
Outstanding Festival High School Ensemble

Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Free State High School Auditorium:
KURT ROSENWINKEL, guitar, with
KU Jazz Singers/Jazz Combo I
Outstanding Festival College Ensemble


Tickets to both concerts are free; to reserve in advance, call the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436

Contact KU School of Music
Murphy Hall, Room 460. 1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-3103
(785) 864-3436 · music@ku.edu

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Festival Overview

For thirty-six years, the KU Jazz Festival has been one of the focal points for jazz performance and education in the central United States. The festival has annually provided the region with a wonderful opportunity to hear and learn from world-class jazz musicians and educators, and is open to all college, high school and junior high/middle school big bands and jazz combos.

Evening concerts feature a first-rate lineup of some of the most important and exciting musicians in the world of contemporary jazz, while daytime clinics and master classes with these and other artists allow students and community members to interact with them outside of the concert hall.

Revolving trophies for each school level; $1,500 Award for Outstanding College Ensemble

While the KU Jazz Festival remains a mostly non-competitive event, the Friday and Saturday Evening Festival Concerts will once again begin with The Outstanding High School Ensemble (Friday night) and the Outstanding College Ensemble (Saturday night)!  Our clinicians will select (based on performance merit) one group from the big bands and combos that perform during the day to perform on the evening concert.  High school ensembles will be considered for the award on Friday evening, and College/University Ensembles will be considered for Saturday evening.  These bands (one for each day of the festival) will perform two tunes (or 15 minutes) to open that day's evening concert.  The bands chosen for each evening’s concert will be announced in Swarthout Recital Hall at the end of each day's performances (approximately 4:30 PM) .  Directors will be able to declare their bands eligible for the Outstanding Ensembles awards via the registration form and/or during check-in at the registration table on the day of the festival.

Revolving trophies will be presented to the Middle School, High School and College Outstanding Ensembles.  These trophies will stay with the recipients until the 2014 KU Jazz Festival, when they will be presented once again to the Outstanding Ensembles.  In addition, the Outstanding College Ensemble will receive a $1,500 Award!  Trophies and awards are being made possible this year through the generous support of Reach Out Kansas, Inc.


Once again this year, your ensemble’s registration fees will include tickets to the Evening Festival Concert on the day that you perform!  Tickets will be provided for each member of the ensemble, along with tickets for the director(s).  Support for school ensemble concert tickets is being generously provided this year by Reach Out Kansas, Inc.

Tickets for the general public are also free this year, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance ticket reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made after January 22, 2013 by calling the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436.


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