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Jazz Enthusiasts,

We would like to welcome you to the 9th Annual Highland/ASU Jazz Festival. It promises to be a highly educational and rewarding experience. This year’s featured guest artists are:

Jason Palmer Walter Smith III

These musicians will also be joined by some of our clinicians in an all-star combo performance and the Arizona State University Concert Jazz Band led by Michael Kocour. In addition, the High School Jazz Band that receives the Judges’ Most Outstanding Award from Thursday through Saturday’s clinic performances, will open Saturday’s concert!

Our clinicians include:

Timothy Coffman

Jazz Studies Faculty at DePaul University/Trombone & Jazz Studies

Erik Applegate

Professor of Jazz Bass at the University of Northern Colorado

Dr Vern Sielert

Director of Trumpet & Jazz Studies at the University of Idaho

Dr Matthew Patnode

Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies at North Dakota State University

Dr Robert Miller
Alto Saxophone

Professor Emeritus of Saxophone & Music Ed at the University of Idaho

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The Highland/ASU Jazz Festival is dedicated to educate and inspire students, educators, and audiences; and to enhance the appreciation and importance of jazz education.

This festival will provide:

  • Unbiased clinics, ratings and/or rankings by professional clinicians from around the country.
  • An organized performing and clinic environment.
  • Performances will be professionally audio & video recorded by Mouse Recording.
  • High quality performances from top musicians in the Jazz Industry.
  • 20+ Master Classes from area jazz educators for students and teachers.
    (Professional Growth Certificates Available)


Festival Registration:

  • $250.00 per Big Band
  • $525.00 per Big Band + Tickets for 1 Concert (All Members, Director, & 4 Chaperones)
  • $750.00 per Big Band + Tickets for Both Concerts (All Members, Director, & 4 Chaperones)
  • $250.00 per Combo
  • $375.00 per Combo + Tickets for 1 Concert (All Members, Director, & 2 Chaperones)
  • $475.00 per Combo + Tickets for Both Concerts (All Members, Director, & 2 Chaperones)

All Elementary, Junior High, High School, & College Big Band and Combos are welcome!!!

Concert Ticket Prices (Festival Participant Pricing Only):

  • General Admission
    • Friday - Jason Palmer - $20.00
    • Saturday - Walter Smith III - $20.00

    Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14, 2018

    8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Festival Performances/Clinics
    2:30 PM - 6:30 PM Festival Performances/Clinics
    7:30 PM Festival Guest Artist Concert

    On Saturday, the Judges’ Most Outstanding High School Jazz Band
    will open for the Guest Artist Concert.