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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!

The 2021 Jazz Festival was a resounding success. In spite of COVID, we hosted visiting bands from throughout our region in person for adjudicated performances. We presented two Gala Concerts featuring the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band, directed by Greg Yasinitsky, performing with Jazz Studies faculty members C├ęsar Haas, guitar; Darryl Singleton, percussion; Horace Alexander Young, saxophone; Jake Svendsen, piano; David Turnbull, trumpet and David Bjur, bass.

The 2022 Jazz Festival is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2, 2022. More details regarding the Festival will be posted on this page later in the spring.

Thanks for your support of the WSU Jazz Festival.

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: