High School Jazz Festival

For Big Bands and Combos

Save-the-Date: February 22, 2018


8:30AM - 5PM
Student Center East
750 South Halsted, Chicago

Early Bird Entry deadline: November 27, 2017*

Big Bands: $225
Combos: $175

*Online application due November 27, 2017. Payment must be received by December 4, 2017 to qualify for the early bird discount.

EXTENDED Entry deadline: February 1, 2018

Big Bands: $250
Combos: $200

Adjudication, clinics, and lunchtime performance by UIC Faculty.

Workshops for trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, guitar, drums, and voice.

All applications will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis and will be considered complete only upon receipt of payment. If you want to bring more than one group, we will guarantee one and try to accommodate another if there is space available. We encourage schools to watch the performances if they cannot participate in the event. If you plan on bringing your school to watch the event, please let us know.

New for 2018: Audition for UIC's Jazz program on the day of the festival!

Make the most of your time at the festival. Drop in sessions in the morning and afternoon. Students may audition even if they haven't yet applied to UIC. Signup sheets will be posted the morning of the festival. Want to make an audition appointment in advance? Email us

Auditioners should prepare: 

Wind Instruments:
-Improvise over F Blues progression, play melody of your choice (ex. Billie’s Bounce, Straight No Chaser, etc). Practice with a rehearsal track here.
Piano, Bass, Guitar, Vibraphone:
-Improvise and comp chords or walk bass line over F Blues progression, play melody of your choice (ex. Billie’s Bounce, Straight No Chaser, etc). Practice with a rehearsal track here.
-Demonstrate the following grooves: Medium Swing (sticks and brushes), Fast Swing (sticks and brushes), ballad (brushes), Bossa Nova, Samba, Funk, Afro-Cuban 12/8

On-campus emergency contact information here.

Not participating in the Jazz Festival workshops or auditions, but want to purchase a ticket for the 11:45AM concert with the UIC Jazz Ensemble and Jon Faddis? Click here for more information and to purchase a ticket!