The McNeese State University Jazz Festival 2015

High school, middle school, and college groups are invited to perform in a festival format for an audience and judges. Each band will receive written and recorded comments from a panel of top jazz educators. Championship Awards, outstanding musicianship/soloist recognition, and standard festival ratings will be given by the panel of judges.  Among the judges will be our guest artist, Alfred Music Publication and Yamaha/Bag End Artist, Kris Berg.

Additionally, members of the McNeese Jazz Band will provide a house rhythm section and host an open student jam session to provide more performance opportunities for visiting soloists. There will be an awards ceremony immediately following the festival, featuring the McNeese percussion and jazz ensembles, along with our guest artists.

Attending groups will be able to participate in all of the following: 

  • Ensemble performance and adjudication
  • Open jam sessions
  • Instrumental workshops
  • Free admission to the afternoon concert and awards ceremony, featuring Kris Berg (arranger of all things poultry!)
  • To apply for your group, please download, complete, and mail in the registration form with the registration fee.
  • Contact Tim McMillen with any questions regarding McNeese Jazz Festival. He can be reached at

Please also consider bringing your percussion ensemble to the Southwest Louisiana Day of Percussion (happening the same day as the jazz festival).

Jazz Ensemble Registration Form