Participant Information

Registration Fees (includes evening concert tickets)

Big Bands: $275 before Feb. 7 ($300 after Feb. 7)
Combos: $150 before Feb. 7 ($175 after Feb. 7)​

To register

Information for School Groups

The KU Jazz Festival is educational and primarily non-competitive in nature; however, each group has the option of receiving a confidential rating, which is disclosed only via the adjudication sheets. All groups will receive recorded and/or written comments from each clinician present during the performance.

Festival Clinicians will select one Outstanding Ensemble and one Outstanding Soloist from each of the following classifications: College, High School, and Middle School. The Outstanding High School Ensemble and College Ensemble will be invited to perform on the Friday evening concert. The selection of the Outstanding Ensembles is made at the sole discretion of the Festival Clinicians, and is not at any time based on any scoring system.

Big bands will work with one of the clinicians in a clinic room immediately following their performance. Combos will perform and then receive an on-stage clinic by one of the clinicians with whatever time is remaining in the allotted time on stage (45 minutes).

Performances will occur in the Lied Center, Swarthout Recital Hall, and large rehearsal rooms in Murphy Hall. Accomplished educators/performers will conduct clinics and masterclasses during the day. All daytime performances, clinics and masterclasses are free and open to the public.


Once again this year we have assembled a fantastic group of clinicians and adjudicators to work with your ensembles, including:

    University of Northern Colorado
  • BOB KRUEGER (trumpet)
    Lincoln Southeast High School
  • DANA LANDRY (piano)
    University of Northern Colorado
  • MARCUS LEWIS (trombone)
    Kansas City-based professional musician
  • MATT OTTO (saxophone)
    University of Kansas
  • STEVE OWEN (saxophone)
    University of Oregon
  • BRIAN SCARBOROUGH (trombone)
    Kansas City based professional musician
  • ROB TAPPER (trombone)
    University of Montana
  • JIM WHITE (drums)
    University of Northern Colorado


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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
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The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
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