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ISU Jazz Festival

2022 ISU Jazz Festival with Mike Davis

April 1 and 2, 2022

The annual Illinois State University Jazz Festival is the highlight of the year for jazz on campus. Our special guest artist for 2022 is trombonist, composer, and educator Mike Davis. Davis will present a free masterclass to all festival participants each day and will be featured extensively in two showings of a collaborative performance with ISU Jazz Ensembles directed by Tom Marko.

Competing Jr. High and High School jazz ensembles perform in our 800 seat concert hall and will receive numerical scores along with recorded and written comments from a panel of three expert jazz educators. Additionally, one of the judges will offer comments and/or a brief clinic depending on time available. We also welcome bands that want to perform “non-competitively.”

The Friday night concert will be held at 8 p.m. The Saturday concert is currently scheduled for 6 p.m., but may be adjusted slightly depending on how the competition schedule develops. Final details of the schedule will be determined as registrations are received and will be posted approximately two weeks prior to the festival.