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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Jazz Festival


The WSU Jazz Festival is one of the longest running festivals in the region. It is open to any high school jazz “big band.” Ensembles with alternative or expanded instrumentation are welcome.

All student participants are celebrated and outstanding performances are recognized.

We look forward to hearing you make great music!

We are excited to announce our guest artist for the 2022 WSU Jazz Festival – Joseph L Jefferson! It’s right around the corner so register your band today! It’s going to be a BLAST!

Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson is the Associate Professor of Trombone/Euphonium and Director of Jazz Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. At the 13th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference, Dr. Jefferson was awarded the 2022 Ellis Marsalis, Jr. Jazz Educator of the Year. As a soloist, chamber musician, sideman, educator, and adjudicator, Joseph maintains an active schedule in Classical, Jazz, and Commercial musical settings. Dr. Jefferson has been an invited guest artist and presenter at the International Trombone Festival, Jazz Education Network Conference, Darkwater Festival, Washington State Music Educators Association Conference, Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference, Jazz Institute of Chicago, NAfME – Eastern Division Conference, International Horn Symposium, Reno Jazz Festival – University of Nevada, Reno, University of Evansville Brass & Percussion Day, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, Weber State University, and Mineral Area College. As a performer, Dr. Jefferson has shared the stage with a variety of groups and artists such as Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Wharton, Sean Jones, Andre Hayward, John Fedchock, The Colour of Music Orchestra, Paducah Symphony, The Irish Tenors, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Zoltan Kiss (Mnozil Brass), Randy Brecker, Jae Sinnett, Mike Berkowitz, Christopher Bill, and international R&B artists Dwele and Raheem Devaughn among others. Internationally, Dr. Jefferson has also had performing and teaching residencies in Bermuda and Asia at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

Dr. Jefferson has earned degrees from Norfolk State (B.M), Shenandoah Conservatory (M.M.), and West Virginia University (D.M.A.) under the tutelage of esteemed faculty; including, Dr. Keith Jackson, Dr. Wayne Wells, Dr. Mike Hall, and Mr. Paul Adams. He has also received instruction from Joseph Alessi, Andre Hayward, Amanda Stewart, Vincent Gardner, and Dr. Natalie Mannix.

Dr. Joseph L. Jefferson maintains his connection with the larger community of musicians and educators through his membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Jazz Education Network, International Trombone Association, NAfME (Member of the NAfME Jazz Council), Texas Music Educators Association, and the College Music Society. In 2021, Joseph was appointed the Jazz Content Editor for the Historical Brass Society. Additionally, Dr. Jefferson has served as a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Joseph is an S.E. Shires and Giddings Mouthpieces Performing Artist.

Please contact me with any questions at or 509.335.3962 (o)/ 281.948.6859 (m).

We look forward to celebrating and inspiring your students!















Watch the WSU Jazz Big Band perform Flatten That Curve as a virtual ensemble:

Watch the WSU Jazz Big Band performing at the 2019 WSU Jazz Festival:

Watch video highlights of previous festivals below: