High School Jazz Band Day


Saturday, March 23, 2024

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Collage of 5 jazz band instruments

As part of the 47th Annual Ohio State Jazz Festival (March 20–24), high school jazz bands of all ability levels are invited to attend High School Jazz Band Day.

Bands will present a 15-minute performance. Each band will receive written constructive feedback from Jazz Studies faculty and festival artists as well as a brief private clinic following their performance. Recognition awards will include outstanding soloist and outstanding section from each band, and more.

Eligibility and Fees

High school jazz bands of all ability levels are welcome.

  • $100 per jazz combo (up to 9 performers)
  • $200 per big band (10 or more performers)

Registration and Payment

School jazz band directors: Combo and Big Band registration details will be provided in the coming months.

DEADLINE — February 11.

Attendance Details

Shortly after the registration deadline, directors will receive a welcome email detailing attendance on March 23. Instructions will include drop-off/pickup instructions, bus and car parking, instrument storage, places to eat, the event schedule and more.


We will provide the following:  

  • Drum set and cymbals  
  • Bass and guitar amplifiers  
  • Piano  
  • If you need additional equipment, please contact us. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. 

Remember to bring:  

  • Drum sticks 
  • Bass and guitar patch cords  
  • NOTE: do not bring saxophone fronts

Band directors, students and parents are invited to stay for the day to listen to performances of other school bands. You might also like to stay in the campus area for dinner and then return for the 8 p.m. headliner concert featuring the Ohio State Jazz Ensemble and guest artist.

All are invited to attend events of the 47th Annual Ohio State Jazz Festival. All events are FREE. The concerts will also be livestreamed. Watch for details to be posted on Events in upcoming months.

Email Professor Michael Smith, area head of Jazz Studies, at smith.8675@osu.edu.