Western Invitational Jazz Festival


Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21, 2020

With Special Guest Elliot Mason-Trombone

Acclaimed as a prodigious voice on trombone and a long-time member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. elliotmason.org

The Western Invitational Jazz Festival is a high school jazz festival that welcomes both big bands and combos. Student groups gain valuable performance experience as they are adjudicated by our WMU jazz faculty in an encouraging and nurturing atmosphere.  More info about participation.

Register your band for the festival

In addition to each student group, the festival includes two concerts:

  1. An opening concert on Friday with the Western Jazz Collective and a special guest Elliot Mason.
  2. The closing evening concert with the top high school big band and combo, as well as the WMU Jazz Orchestra featuring our special guest.

Opening Concert

8 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020
Elliot Mason and the Western Jazz Collective

High school bands perform

All Day Saturday, March 21, 2020

Closing Concert

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020
WMU Jazz Orchestra and Elliot Mason

All events take place at Western Michigan University's Dalton Center.

All tickets available at Miller Auditorium

(269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 and at the door.

If you have questions, email Jazz Department Chair Scott Cowan at Scott.Cowan@wmich.edu

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