Western Invitational Jazz Festival

The Western Invitational Jazz Festival is a high school jazz festival which welcomes both big bands and combos. Student groups gain valuable performance experience as they are adjudicated by our WMU jazz faculty in an encouraging and nurturing atmosphere.  

 Perform with your school group

In addition to each student group, the festival includes two concerts:

  1. An opening concert on Friday with the WMU faculty and a special guest.  
  2. The closing evening concert with the top high school big band and combo, as well as the WMU Jazz Orchestra featuring our special guest.

The 39th Annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival will feature guest saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi.

Opening Concert

8 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019
Jerry Bergonzi and the Western Jazz Faculty

High school bands perform

All Day Saturday, March 23, 2019

Closing Concert

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019
WMU Jazz Orchestra and Jerry Bergonzi

All events take place at Western Michigan University's Dalton Center.

All tickets available at Miller Auditorium

(269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858 and at the door

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