2017 SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival

  • Bill Watrous

    Bill Watrous

  • Aaron Montes - SHSU Alumn

    Aaron Montes - SHSU Alumn

7th Annual SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival

The State's Oldest Jazz Festival...59 years running!

 


Purchase Jazz Ensemble Recordings:

Fire Dance CD Cover
"Fire Dance"
Jazz CD

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MacArthur Park CD Cover
"MacArthur Park"
Jazz CD

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When You're Smiling CD & DVD Cover
"When You're Smiling"
Jazz CD

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SHSU TMEA 2016
SHSU Jazz Ensemble
2016 TMEA
Lila Cockrell Theatre
"Live Performance"

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SHSU TMEA 2014
SHSU Jazz Ensemble
2014 Midwest Clinic
Chicago, IL
"Live Performance"

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SHSU TMEA 2012
SHSU Jazz Ensemble
2012 TMEA
San Antonio, TX
"Live Performance"

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Spotlight CD Cover
"Spotlight"
Jazz CD

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About the Festival

The Jazz Festival is a competitive, educational event where high school and college jazz bands perform at 30 minute intervals throughout the day. Participating ensembles receive critique sheets from each of the nationally renowned jazz educators, and are strongly encouraged to hear performances of at least two other bands. This will provide valuable listening opportunities for young, developing musicians, plus ensure appreciative, dedicated audiences for all of the performing groups.

Division ratings will appear on each band's critique sheet and trophies will be awarded on the consensus of the judges at the awards ceremony. First, Second, and Third place will be awarded within each category: college, high school and middle school. Outstanding Soloists and Musicians will also be selected. Awards will be announced and presented during the SHSU Jazz Ensemble closing performance. This adds an element of excitement to the festivities and recognizes superior individual achievement.

Each group registration fee of $350 includes the adjudication, an audio cd of the performance, access to clinics and the daytime performances as well as admittance to the evening concert. Evening concert tickets for the general public can be purchased separately.

View pictures from the 2009 Festival

View pictures from the 2009 Bill Watrous Concert

View pictures from the 2009 Tony Baker Concert

2017 Schedule

DateTimeEvent
Friday,
March 31
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM College, high school and junior high school jazz band performances.
1:15 PM CLINIC: With guest artist Michael Dease.
7:30 PM CONCERT & Awards Ceremony: featuring Bill Watrous, Michael Dease, special guests and the SHSU Jazz Ensemble.
VENUE: James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall
Saturday,
April 1
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM College, high school and junior high school jazz band performances.
1:15 PM CLINIC: With guest artist Michael Dease.
7:30 PM CONCERT & Awards Ceremony: featuring Bill Watrous, Michael Dease, special guests and the SHSU Jazz Ensemble.
VENUE: James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center Concert Hall



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School of Music
Sam Houston State University
1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360

www.shsu.edu/music

A Member of the Texas State University System

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MICHAEL DEASE
featured guest artist

For more information contact:

Aric Schneller
Director of Jazz Studies
School of Music
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 77341

(936) 294-1381
(936) 294-3765
(718) 308-7505

schneller@shsu.edu


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