James Madison University School of Music

Tri-State Jazz Festival



(the JMU George West Festival)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dedicated to George "Doc" West

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

Concert: 4 pm, Forbes Concert Hall
In addition to the JMU Jazz Ensemble and the participating high school and middle school ensembles, the 4:00 pm concert will feature an alumni jazz ensemble featuring alums from Doc's bands over the years, including Nate Smith (drums), Pete Spaar (bass), Butch Taylor (piano), and many others!


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.