Line-up announced for annual UW-Green Bay Jazz Fest

Students from 19 Wisconsin and Michigan school districts will take part in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Jazz Fest XXXX.

Jazz Fest, which includes a full day of musical performances and education on campus, is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30. A public concert begins at 4 p.m. in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Renowned jazz trumpeter Jeff Jarvis will be the headline performer and lecturer for Jazz Fest XXXX.

Jarvis is director of Jazz Studies at California State University Long Beach. He frequently appears as an honors jazz band conductor, clinician and lecturer. He has also collaborated on textbooks about jazz education.

In his youth he was a studio musician and was featured on more than 100 albums for such names as Lou Rawls, Melba Moore and the O’Jays. On stage he has performed with an equally impressive array of talent, including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Bellson, Benny Golson, Joe Lovano and Henry Mancini.

The day is more than a public concert and more than a musical competition. Many area middle and high school jazz bands and combos will be at the University for master classes and clinics with featured guests, faculty and alumni. The ensembles will participate in the day of performance, adjudication, instructional clinics and social activities.

Among participants are musicians from: Brillion High School, Bay Port High School, Delavan-Darien High School, De Pere High School, Pulaski High School, Fond du Lac High School, Gladstone (Mich.) High School, Green Bay Southwest High School, Ashwaubenon High School, Norway (Mich.) High School, Shawano High School, Lakeland Union High School (Minocqua), Columbus Catholic High School (Marshfield), Hortonville Middle School, Wisconsin Lutheran High School (Milwaukee), Pius High School (Milwaukee), Roncalli High School (Manitowoc), Elkhorn High School and Luxemburg-Casco High School.

“Jazz Fest is one of the longest running jazz festivals in the state and the focus is as much on education as performance,” said UW-Green Bay Prof. John Salerno, who directs Jazz Fest and is the University’s director of jazz activities. “We want the students to experience great jazz, but also come away from the festival inspired to learn more. We have performances at four venues – two big band sites, a combo site and vocal jazz.”

There will also be a master session with Jarvis, a directors’ clinic with UW-Green Bay Prof. Adam Gaines, trumpet, saxophone and vocal clinics, and awards for outstanding soloists. Two participating ensembles will be selected to open the evening concert at the Weidner Center.

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For more information about Jazz Fest, contact Jazz Fest Director, John Salerno at (920) 465-2555, or


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