Jazz Festival

MSU Jazz Festival returns February 22, 2020!

MSU jazz student musicians playing their saxophones

Join us for a great day of jazz performance and jazz education.

Guest Artist Information

Steve Wiest is a multiple Grammy-nominated trombonist, composer, author, and cartoonist. The former soloist and writer for Maynard Ferguson, Steve went on to perform on the road with Doc Severinsen and the Old Tonight Show Orchestra as well as many other artists. Steve has numerous recordings out as a leader, the most recent of which is the debut album from the critically-acclaimed all-star horn band Vinyl Hampdin. Along with being the trombonist with the group, Wiest has composed and arranged all eleven tracks for their new recording titled “RED.” Joining Steve in Vinyl Hampdin is an all-star assemblage of Grammy and Juno winners: Lisa Dodd, Frank David Greene, Ray Herrmann, Sly5thAve, Stockton Helbing, Ryan Davidson, Eric Gunnison, Art Bouton, and Gerald Stockton.

Steve Weist posing in sunglasses in a American southwest backdrop.

In the world of jazz education, Steve was formerly the Director of the One O’Clock Lab Band at The University of North Texas and is now Co-Chair of Jazz Studies at The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he teaches arranging, composition, jazz trombone and directs the award-winning Lamont Jazz Orchestra. In high demand as a clinician, composer and conductor, Wiest has directed many all-state ensembles and appeared as a guest artist and clinician all over the world.

(Photo and bio provided by www.steve-wiest.com.)

Event Details

Saturday, February 22, 2020

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  • Spend the day on the Missouri State University campus performing and learning with jazz musicians.
  • Registration required.
  • Categories are available for middle school and high school big bands and jazz combos.
  • Each group will perform for a panel of jazz adjudicators and receive a 30-minute clinic immediately following their performance.
  • School bands have the option of participating in the competitive or non-competitive divisions.
  • The day will end with an awards ceremony and concert presented by the MSU Jazz Studies Ensemble I and featured clinicians.

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Complete the form below to register your ensemble(s).
Space is limited; time slots reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

School and Contact Information

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A valid email address is required for all festival communication.

Ensemble Registration

Divisions include Big Band, 2nd Bands, Jr Hi/Mid School Bands, Combos. Registration type is competitive or non-competitive.
All bands receive a brief critique after their performance, as time allows.

Entry fee: $250


Entry fee: $180


Entry fee: $110


Entry fee: $110


Entry fee: $110

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