We are pleased to announce that the 49th Drury Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Clara Thompson Hall and the Findlay Student Center. The Drury Jazz Festival is a competitive event that allows students and directors to perform for and receive comments from some of the best jazz musicians and educators in the country. Bands are scheduled for a 30 minute performance slot, and competition will take place in the following divisions: Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Second Band, Jr. High, Combo, and Springfield Middle School. Due to a ruling of the MSHSAA, Springfield Middle School bands are prohibited from competing with other junior or middle high schools. Band directors may also choose to perform for comments only.
First, second and third places will be awarded in each of the competitive classes and an outstanding solo award will be given in all classes. Players in all classes are also eligible for Outstanding Musicianship Certificates. Trophies will not be awarded in classifications with fewer than two ensembles.
Awards will be presented at the final concert featuring Drury Jazz Ensemble I with guest soloists. The concert will take place following the final high school performance of the day, typically around 5:30 p.m.
The deadline for entries is Friday, February 20, 2015. Additional information will be sent to you once we receive your registration form. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions.
Director of Jazz Studies