James Madison University School of Music

JMU George West (formerly Tri-State) Jazz Festival



Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dedicated to George "Doc" West

Chuck Dotas, coordinator
email: dotascj@jmu.edu
office phone: 540.568.6180

Concert: 4 pm, Forbes Concert Hall with the JMU Jazz Ensemble and participating high school and middle school ensembles



Please download forms by clicking on the following links:
Staging Chart
Ensemble Personnel

Detailed information

Basic information is provided below; for detailed information, click here.


To register your ensemble(s), simply email Chuck Dotas (dotascj@jmu.edu) to reserve a spot in the schedule (time preferences should be indicated in the email). Performance slots are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis; the schedule usually fills up by early March, so reserve early!

Public School Ensemble Performance Details

All ages and ability levels are welcome; both combos and big bands are eligible to perform. The JMU Tristate Jazz Festival is non-competitive. Ensembles have the option of performing for a rating or for comments only. Each school is allotted a 30 minute performance time on the Forbes Center Concert Hall stage, and is provided with recorded comments by two adjudicators. Each school receives a 30 minute clinic by one of our guest artists immediately following the ensemble's performance. All ensembles will receive a professionally mixed recording of their performance.


A drum kit, vibes, congas, and bass and guitar amps will be set up on the Forbes Concert Hall stage, and also in the clinic and warm up rooms.


On-campus dining services are available on a cash basis. Several fast food outlets are a short drive from the JMU campus.

Other Information

Driving directions, warm-up room information, etc, are available on the downloadable information link above. A schedule of exact performance times will be emailed to all participating schools in early March. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the Festival Coordinator, Chuck Dotas (dotascj@jmu.edu; 540-568-6180) if you need further details.