8th Annual Georgetown Jazz Festival
Georgetown Jazz Festival
April 1st, 2017
Hello fellow directors,
The 8th Annual Georgetown Jazz Festival will be held Saturday April 1st, 2017 at East View High School for both middle and high school jazz bands. This festival will give each band the opportunity to give a performance, receive a clinic, ratings, and a concert by The Georgetown High School Jazz Ensemble, followed by The Baylor Jazz Ensemble, directed by Alex Parker.
Competing bands will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis, as determined by the e-mail date, fax date, or postmark on the envelope containing the application forms and competition fee, as well as ticket reservation form. There will be a stand-by list for schools to enter should a competing band withdraw from the contest. Competition will start 8:00am Saturday (start time may be adjusted depending on entries).
Adjudicators will be Michael Rey (local trumpet artist), Rich Haering (Airmen of Note), Dave Guidi (local saxophone artist and composer) and John Best (percussionist).
All participants will receive free tickets to the evening concert and awards ceremony while all other spectators, family, and friends will need to pay $15.00 for admission. Entries for the competition must be postmarked by Friday, March 3rd and participation for this festival is on a first come first serve basis. The entry fee is $185.00 for each band which includes recording services.
I would like to encourage schools of all sizes and levels of experience to participate. The experience of playing in a jazz festival and the insights given by the adjudicators are invaluable to a jazz program. The judges are instructed to share their knowledge of jazz by giving educational comments that will help students and directors alike. As a reminder, you may choose to opt out of ratings and be given comments only. All bands earning a Superior rating will receive a plaque. Whether you choose ratings or comments only, your students will still be considered for All-Star Awards. There will be a first and second place trophy for middle and high schools, chosen by the judging panel.
The primary goal for the Georgetown Jazz Festival is to provide a positive and educational opportunity for jazz enthusiasts. I hope that you take advantage of our efforts and support the festival by attending the events and encouraging others to enjoy your ensembles as well. I look forward to hearing your group perform in April and please continue to support jazz education in Central Texas.
Associate Director of Bands
Director of Jazz Studies
Georgetown High School