Friday, February 7, 2020

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Jazz will resonate once again across CMU's campus during the 47th Annual Jazz Weekend, February 6-7, 2020. This annual event offers a full line-up of jazz performances by CMU faculty, students, and the most talented high school jazz musicians from across the state of Michigan.  Attending bands have the opportunity perform for top Midwest clinicians and adjudicators.

Jazz Weekend 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. 

Registration Fees

Big Band - $275
Combo - $75

Guest Artist Terri Lyne Carrington

terri 3.pngThree-time GRAMMY┬« Award-winning drummer, producer and educator, Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career at just ten years old. Throughout her extensive touring and recording career, she has worked with luminary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Yellowjackets, and countless others. Carrington is also the first female artist to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. In 2005, she returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Currently, she holds the position of Zildjian Chair in Performance, Berklee Global Jazz Institute. She is also the Artistic Director for both the Beantown Jazz Festival and Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop, and Co-Artistic Director of The Carr Center, Detroit, MI.


To enter, please fill out our online application, available above to ensure your students' place in this year's festival, as they are processed on a "first-come, first served" basis. If preferred, you may instead complete the hardcopy applications located on this page and return immediately.

Applications (including payment) must be postmarked by

Friday, December 6, 2019 to be considered.

Schools that intend to participate in the combo sessions are especially encouraged to respond early, as performance opportunities are limited.  

Final Concert in Plachta Auditorium | 7:30 PM | Tickets Required

This year's final concert is open to the public and will take place on Friday, February 7th in Plachta Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Featuring our guest artist, Terri Lyne Carrington, along CMU's own Jazz Lab 1, this concert is sure to entertain audiences of all ages!

Not participating in the Jazz Festival but interested in attending the concert?
Tickets can be purchased for $7 students/seniors and $10 adults via Ticket Central either online or by calling 989-774-3045. Seating for groups of 10 or more can be arranged by contacting Chantel Barger directly at 989-774-2440 or