School of Music

Jazz Studies

Jazz Festival


Click here to register your ensemble.

The 2014 WSU Jazz Festival is scheduled for
Wednesday, November 5th, in the Kimbrough Music Building and Bryan Hall Theatre on the WSU Campus.


Our guest artists will be Tom Morgan and Brian Ploeger.

Our noontime gala concert will feature the sensational percussionist and composer Tom Morgan from Washburn University, performing with the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band.

Also featured will be former Maynard Ferguson trumpeter Brian Ploeger and faculty soloists. Also, the WSU faculty ensemble Jazz Northwest featuring saxophonists Greg Yasinitsky and Dave Hagelganz, trumpeter Brian Ploeger, pianist Brian Ward, guitarist Brad Ard, bassist Dave Snider and drummer Dave Jarvis will be featured in an afternoon concert at the end of the festival. Each participating group will receive written comments from our distinguished adjudicators and an individual off-stage clinic. Also, workshops will be presented throughout the day by guest artists Morgan, Ploeger and WSU faculty. Trophies will be awarded to the outstanding band of the morning and the outstanding band of the afternoon. Admission to the gala and afternoon concerts is free to all festival participants. Registration fees are only $175 per group. The festival will be limited to approximately eighteen big bands. Reserve your spot now!

To reserve a spot for your group, please contact Brian Ward at or click here to register your ensemble. For the last few years, unfortunately, we have had to turn away some groups because we simply didn't have room for all of the requests, so RESERVE YOUR SPOT SOON!


Check this page for updates.

For video highlights of previous festivals, see below.

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