Collegiate Jazz Festival to begin Feb. 23

Author: Shannon Roddel


The University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival will return for its 47th year Feb. 23 (Wednesday) and Feb. 25 to 26 (Friday to Saturday), featuring 11 collegiate bands competing before a panel of distinguished judges.

Jazz bands performing in this year’s festival represent Notre Dame,WesternMichiganUniversity,MiddleTennesseeStateUniversity,JacksonvilleStateUniversity,CarnegieMellonUniversity,OberlinCollegeand theUniversityofIllinois.

Sponsored by Notre Dame’s Student Union Board, the festival officially begins Feb. 23 at8 theLaFortuneStudentCenterballroom with Preview Night, featuring a performance by Notre Dame Jazz Band II and Jazz Combo.

The performances by the bands selected to this year’s festival begin Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in Washington Hall, concluding with the traditional Judge’s Jam, featuring trombonist Andre Hayward, saxophonist Frank Catalano, pianist Lynne Arriale, bassist Jay Anderson and percussionist Steve Davis.

A judge’s clinic at2 p.m.Feb. 26 in the Notre Dame band building will feature free instruction sessions by the panel of judges. The evening session will begin at 6 in Washington Hall, to be followed by the awards ceremony.

All events are open to the public and free of charge for students and those under 18.For all others, tickets ($5 for both nights or $3 for one night) are available in advance at the LaFortune box office or by calling 574-631-8128.

Additional information is available at

* Contact: * Greg Salzler, Collegiate Jazz Festival, 574-631-6171

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