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Winter Jazz Festival - December 11, 2021

The Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival returns in 2021 as a LIVE event, held on the Sacramento State campus. The Festival is open to Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Colleges and will include jazz bands, vocal jazz ensembles, and jazz combos.The festival is a non-competitive, educational event with no scoring, no ranking of ensembles, no awards or trophies involved.

PLEASE NOTE: all visitors to campus have to follow campus protocols in effect at the time of the event, which may include masks and/or social distancing protocols. The Festival Directors will reach out to all band directors with information closer to the Festival.

Each group will spend 45 minutes with a single clinician. Clinicians will critique your prepared charts with the option of spending a portion of the clinic teaching your group a jazz composition totally by ear, focusing upon aural training and improvisation. If you have nothing prepared to bring to The Winter Jazz Festival, you can have your clinician introduce your ensemble to a selection of your choice (bring scores and parts with you) or spend your entire session on aural training and improvisation. Some directors may choose to have the clinician focus upon the improvisational sections of charts they are planning to perform during the year.

Dr. Steve Roach & Gaw Vang Williams, Festival Directors

Online registration for the Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival is live! Registration fees are $250 per ensemble and are due two weeks after the application is submitted online.Please click this link to apply:


The deadline for registration is November 1, 2021. Registration fee checks should be made out to: Sacramento State Jazz Club and mailed to:

Sacramento State School of Music
attn: Gaw Vang Williams
6000 J Street • MS 6015
Sacramento, CA 95819