Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival

Friday, February 7 | 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 8, 2020| 7:30 PM
Festival Concert Hall

$5 for Adults, $2 Seniors, Free for NDSU Students with ID

The NDSU High School Invitational Jazz Festival will feature regional high school jazz ensembles. Guest adjudicators bring their world class jazz talents as both educators and performers to the stage of Festival Concert Hall. During the festival, guest artists will present a series of clinics to area jazz students, along with critiquing the bands in performance. All clinics are free and open to the public.


The festival culminates in a high-powered concert featuring our world-class guest artists in performance with the NDSU Jazz Ensemble.


Pat Harbison Jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator Pat Harbison is on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he holds the position and rank of Professor of Jazz Studies and has taught jazz history, improvisation, jazz pedagogy, jazz trumpet and ensembles. He has been on the faculty at the Jacobs School since 1997. He previously was on faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music from 1984-1997. He has been on the faculty of Jamey Aeber-sold’s Summer Jazz Workshops since 1976. These workshops are the best-known and most widely attended jazz education events in the world.


Aric Schneller Aric Schneller, an artist of many talents, is in constant demand regionally and nationally as an expert clinician, dynamic soloist and conductor and as an inventive composer and arranger. Aric has had frequent invitations and appearances at the Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association Conventions, Jazz Educators Network International Convention, American Band College Convention, and most notably at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Convention. As a committed and enthusiastic jazz educator, Aric has served as President and as a member of the Board of Directors for The Texas Jazz Educators Association. An Associate Professor of Music, Aric directs the Jazz Studies program at Sam Houston State University and is the founder and Artistic Director of the annual SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival. Aric previously taught at Idaho State University, the University of North Texas, and in the public schools of Justin, Texas.