Western Invitational Jazz Festival

The Western Invitational Jazz Festival is a high school jazz festival which 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.  

Registration information coming soon!
If you have questions, email Jazz Department Chair Scott Cowan.   Scott.Cowan@wmich.edu

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.

The 40th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival will feature guest Trombonist Elliot Mason.


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

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