Event Information

Jazz Weekend XLVI brings together outstanding guest artists, clinicians, and over 1,200 high school and junior high school students from nearly 70 big bands and jazz combos. Top clinicians and adjudicators from around the Midwest provide commentary and suggestions throughout the day as High School and Junior High School groups perform for ratings and awards. In addition, all band and combo performances are recorded and copies given to Directors. 

Guest Artists Kirk MacDonald & Adam Nussbaum

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This year's guest artist is one of Canada's leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald. MacDonald cut his first record at the age of 13 and has performed on over fifty CDs. He has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio and has been active as a music educator for 27 years leading jazz studies programs. MacDonald acts as the Artistic Director for the "Youth Jazz Canada" project and also directs the "National Youth Jazz Combo".

Tickets for your student performers to the guest artist performance on Friday, February 1 are included with your Big Band registration fee of $250 and additional tickets can be purchased for $7 students/seniors and $10 adults. You and your students are also invited to the annual CMU Faculty Combo kick-off concert the evening before, Thursday, January 31st at Staples Family Concert Hall.


To enter, please fill out our new online application, available above. If preferred, you may instead complete the enclosed paper application(s) and return immediately to ensure your students' place in this year's festival, as they are processed on a "first-come, first served" basis. Additional forms may be obtained by visiting our website.  Applications (including payment) must be postmarked by December 7, 2018.  Schools that intend to participate in the combo sessions are especially encouraged to respond early, as performance opportunities are limited.  

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Hardcopy Application Forms

JW ONLINE OPTION Authorization Form 2019.pdf

JW Big Band APPLICATION 2019.pdf

JW Combo Application 2019.pdf