High School Jazz Band
and Combo Competition

The 2015 High School Jazz Music Competition will include 12 bands and 12 combos that are from schools located in the Mid-Atlantic States and beyond. This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to interact with their peers from other schools, have up close and personal access to professional regional and touring jazz musicians and engage in friendly competition. Read on for more information:

2015 HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND COMPETITION

The 2015 MAJF competition will include 12 high school jazz bands that are from schools located in the Mid-Atlantic States, including North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and beyond. The competition will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, February 14th at the MAJF’s Atrium Stage location. Each band will have a maximum of 25 minutes on stage to set-up, perform, break down and exit the stage. Bands must adhere to these timeframes. Band Directors may select compositions of their choice to perform however, the entire program must be Jazz orientated, (i.e. Swing Jazz, Bebop Jazz, Latin Jazz, or Funk Jazz) and at least 2 of the 3 selections must be of contrasting styles. The panel will include 3 judges and 2 clinicians. Immediately following each performance, one of the MAJF clinicians will conduct a private clinic to provide immediate feedback on the band’s performance.

At 4:15pm, three finalists will be named and will proceed to the festival’s Main Stage location for a final playoff which will begin at 5:00pm. Each finalist will play two selections of their choice. The panel of judges for the final playoff will be augmented with one of the touring musicians that is performing at the MAJF.

At the end of the playoff, the first, second, and third-place trophies and cash awards will be awarded. Admittance to the competition will be on a first-paid first-served basis and will be determined by the postmark date.

WARM-UP AND PERFORMANCE TIMEFRAMES AND LOGISTICS
Each band will be provided an individual that will serve as its MAJF liaison at the festival. The liaison will escort the band to the rehearsal space, to the stage area, and will be available to answer questions and assist with other needs and requirements. Each band will be provided access to a room to tune and warm up prior to its competition performance on the MAJF’s Atrium stage. The warm-up room will be equipped with a piano, and a full drum set. Bass and Guitar Amps are not provided. Each band will be allowed up to 30 minutes in the warm-up room just prior to its performance time. Approximately 15 minutes before a band’s scheduled performance time, the Band Director should send the band’s setup crew to the Atrium performance area. The only equipment available on stage will be a piano, a drum set without cymbals, chairs, stands and sufficient microphones. While backline will be provided, schools may choose to bring their own equipment. However, on-stage time will not be extended beyond 25 minutes. Schools must bring all of their own percussion equipment, including vibraphones. Approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled performance time, the rest of the band should move to the performance area. Each band will have a maximum of 25 minutes on stage to set-up, perform, break down and exit the stage.

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
Upon check-in for the competition, the Band Director shall provide the completed “Band Repertoire Form” that has been included in your registration package. The form should include the names of the soloists, so that each soloist can be considered for the outstanding soloist awards. The performance rules are as follows:

  • On-stage time may not exceed 25 minutes including set-up, performance, breakdown and exit;
  • The entire performance must be Jazz-oriented (i.e. Swing Jazz, Bebop Jazz, Latin Jazz, or Funk Jazz);
  • Two of the three selections must be of contrasting styles;
  • Directors are encouraged to vary the tempo of the selections and demonstrate the use of dynamics.

HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ COMBO COMPETITION

The 2015 MAJF Combo Competition will include 12 high school combos that are from schools located in the Mid-Atlantic States, including North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and beyond. The members of the combo may attend different high schools. However, combos must be sponsored by a high school Band Director or the Director of a non-profit 501c3 jazz music youth organization. Combos must have a minimum of 2 performers and a maximum of 9 performers. The competition will begin at 2:00pm on Friday, February 13 at the MAJF’s Billy Taylor Room location. Each combo will have a maximum of 5 minutes on stage to set-up, 20 minutes to perform, and 5 minutes break down and exit the stage. Bands must adhere to these timeframes.

Immediately following each performance, and subject to time remaining, the MAJF judges will conduct a 5 – 10 minute clinic wherein immediate feedback on the combo’s performance will be provided. Thus total room time allocated for each combo is 40 minutes. Combos must adhere to these timeframes. The combo must perform 3 selections. Band Directors may select composition of their choice to perform, however, the entire program must be Jazz orientated; (i.e., Swing Jazz, Bebob Jazz, Latin Jazz, or Funk Jazz) and at least 2 of the 3 selections must be of contrasting styles. The panel will include 3 judges.

At 10:30 p.m., the first, second and third‐place trophies will be awarded. The first‐place winner will also be invited to perform for our festival attendees on the MAJF Club Stage at 12:00pm on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The set will be 45 minutes. Admittance to the competition will be on a first-paid first-served basis and will be determined by the postmark date.

WARM-UP AND PERFORMANCE TIMEFRAMES, LOGISTICS, AND REQUIREMENTS
Upon check‐in for the competition, the Band Director shall provide the completed “Combo Repertoire Form” to the attendant at the competition registration desk. The MAJF Band Registration Attendant will assign each combo a MAJF liaison. The individual assigned as your liaison will escort the combo to the rehearsal space and to the stage area and will be available to answer questions and assist with other needs and requirements. Each combo will be provided access to a room to tune and warm up prior to its competition performance on the MAJF’s Billy Taylor stage. Each combo will be allowed up to 30 minutes in the warm‐up room just prior to its performance time. The only equipment available on stage will be an electric piano, a drum set without cymbals, chairs, stands and sufficient microphones. While backline will be provided, schools may choose to bring their own equipment. However, on‐stage time will not be extended beyond 30 minutes. Schools must bring all of their own percussion equipment, including vibraphones. Approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled performance time, the combo should move to the performance area. Each combo will have a maximum of 5 minutes to set up, 20 minutes to perform and 5 minutes to break down and exit the stage. Immediately following each performance, and subject to time remaining, the MAJF judges will conduct a 5‐10 minute clinic wherein immediate feedback on the band’s performance will be provided. Thus total room time allocated for each combo is 40 minutes.

THE AWARDS

COMBO
The Mid‐Atlantic Jazz Festival Combo Competition awards will be announced at approximately 10:30pm. Trophies will be presented to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. The Jazz Academy of Music Inc, will provide a partial scholarship to its JAM Camp or Lab valued at $300 to each member of the 1st place combo. In addition, the combo that is awarded 1st place will be invited to perform and will be showcased on the MAJF club stage the following day, Saturday, 2/14/2015 at 12:00pm. This performance will be open and free of charge to all festival attendees. The set will be 45 minutes.

BAND

The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival High School Band Competition will culminate with the presentation of the awards. The awards presentation will take place on the festival’s Main Stage. There are 3 band awards, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and 3 individual awards that will be given to the outstanding soloists of the competition. Each band award recipient will receive a trophy and the following cash prize based upon placement:

  • 1st Place = $1,000
  • 2nd Place = $ 500
  • 3rd Place = $ 250

Each individual award recipient will receive a plaque and a scholarship valued at $565.00 to attend the Jazz Academy Summer JAM Camp which is our three week day camp on full scholarship or Lab which is a 1-week residency camp on partial scholarship. Students are taught jazz improvisation, history and are paired by skill level in combo groups to play and perform various compositions representing various periods of jazz music.

BAND AND COMBO REGISTRATION DEADLINE AND FEES

The early registration deadline is December 15, 2014 and the final registration deadline is January 15, 2015.

You may download the registration form by clicking here clicking here PDF or by calling us at 301-871-8418. The form must be completed, signed, and dated by the school’s Band Director and Principal. (If you are unable to open the form, download Adobe Reader for free.)

The registration fee is $175.00 for registrations received on or before December 15, 2014 and $200.00 for registrations received between December 16, 2014 and January 15, 2015. Your registration fee must be included with the application. Checks should be made payable to: The Jazz Academy of Music, Inc. You may also pay by credit card by including the payment information on the application or by calling the Jazz Academy Offices at 301-871-8418 to pay by phone.

All MAJF free events are open to the students for participation. There are master classes, a “Kids JAM Session”, a late-night Jam session and many performances that are free and open to the public. Concerts held in the Main Ballroom and Secondary Ballroom require tickets. The Band Director will receive 1 complimentary all-access general seating pass for the entire event. Participating band students, and any chaperone for schools located out of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, who would like to have full access to all performances must pay an additional fee of $125 per student or chaperone for an all access general seating pass covering the entire festival period.

Interested high school band directors should download and submit the form as soon as possible. You may contact us by calling 301-871-8418 or by e-mailing us at inquiry@midatlanticjazzfestival.org with any questions or to request hard copy registration materials.

FULL PACKET:
Click Here for 2015 High School Band and Combo Competition Packet

INDIVIDUAL FORMS:
Click Here for 2015 Competition High School Band and Combo Application Form
Click Here for Band Competition Repertoire Form
Click Here for Sample High School Band Adjudication Form
Click Here for Combo Competition Repertoire Form
Click Here for Sample High School Combo Adjudication Form