SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival

High school and middle school jazz ensembles are cordially invited to participate in the Tenth Annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival. The festival will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, on the campus of South Dakota State University at our state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.

We make it a priority to invite some of the best artists and adjudicators from around the country to our festival. Each of our artists will present clinics in their area of expertise and perform with SDSU Jazz Ensemble I during the evening concert.

Each participating group will have 45 minutes for set-up, performance, and clinics. Each group's clinic will take place on stage immediately following your performance (no tapes necessary!), and of course, will be carried out in a positive, motivating manner. As part of the entry fee each group will receive an archival recording of their performance. Two outstanding bands (one from each performance site) will be selected by the clinicians to perform on the evening concert. Outstanding soloist and section awards will also be presented at the end of the day.

All participating bands will receive complimentary tickets to the evening concert as part of the group fee, so plan to stay for the concert!

For inquiries or additional information, please call the SDSU Department of Music at 688-5187.