James Madison University School of Music



Dates: March 23 - 24, 2007


Chuck Dotas, coordinator 

email: dotascj@jmu.edu

office phone: 540.568.6180

Guest Artists: Dick Oatts with the Dana Landry Trio



Guest Artist Information

Dick Oatts, alto/soprano saxophone        

Lead alto saxophone Vanguard Orchestra, New York City
Jazz Studies Faculty, Manhattan School of Music
Artist in Residence, Amsterdam Conservatory

Dana Landry, piano

Director of Jazz Studies, University of Northern Colorado http://www.arts.unco.edu/pva/faculty/bios/landry.html

Erik Applegate, bass

         Jazz Studies Faculty, University of Northern Colorado


Jim White, drums

         Jazz Studies Faculty, University of Northern Colorado



Payment information

The cost for the festival is $165.00 per ensemble if postmarked by March 2, 2007; $190.00 per ensemble after March 2.  Checks can be made out to JMU Jazz; let me know if your school requires a receipt.  You may bring your payment the day of the festival or mail it to me at this address:

Chuck Dotas
JMU School of Music, MSC 7301
800 South Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA  22807



Repertoire, Staging, and Ensemble Personnel Forms can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

Repertoire Form

Staging Chart Form

Ensemble Personnel Form



 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! 


Friday, March 23

7:00 pm Performance by Dick Oatts with the Dana Landry Trio

Music Building, Room 108
No charge for Tristate Jazz Festival participants and families.

8:30 - 10:00 pm Jam Session

Artful Dodger Coffeehouse & Cocktail Lounge, 47 W. Court Square, downtown Harrisonburg. No cover charge; students welcome to sit in! A complete dinner menu is available.


Saturday, March 24

         8:30 am – 12:00    Ongoing performances, public school ensembles

         12:00 - 1:00 pm     Concurrent clinics by guest artists

         1:00 - 1:30 pm     Performance by Dick Oatts & Dana Landry Trio

         1:40 - 4:30 pm     Ongoing performances, public school ensembles

         4:30 - 5:15 pm     JMU Jazz Ensemble with guest artists

         5:15 pm               Awards Ceremony


Public School Ensemble Performance Details 

All ages and ability levels are welcome; both combos and big bands are eligible to perform.

Ensembles have the option of performing competitively or for comments only.

Each school performs for 20 minutes and is critiqued by two adjudicators.

All students are eligible for the following Outstanding Performance Awards.

Each school receives a 40 minute clinic by one of our guest artists immediately following the ensemble’s performance.

All ensembles will receive a compact disk recording of their performance and taped adjudicator comments.



A drum kit and bass and guitar amps will be available in the performance room (108), though most schools choose to move their own equipment from the warm-up room to 108 for their performance. All other equipment and instrument cases should be left in the warm-up room during the performance.

If there is a problem bringing your own rhythm section equipment, contact me and I will take care of it.  Also, if any extra equipment (vibes, auxiliary percussion) is needed, let me know ahead of time (email is best) and we will arrange to have that in 108 for your performance.


The following categories will be recognized at the concluding awards ceremony:

    Ensemble Competition

    Class I Best Ensemble (combos; all ages)

    Class II Best Ensemble (elementary/middle school/junior high division)

    Class III Best Ensemble (high school: 1400 or fewer students)

    Class IV Best Ensemble (high school: more than 1400 students)


    Outstanding Performance Awards

    Outstanding Performance: saxophone (any age)

    Outstanding Performance: trumpet (any age)

    Outstanding Performance: trombone (any class)

    Outstanding Performance: rhythm section (any age)

    Outstanding Performance (instrument not specified; this award will recognize an outstanding performer that does not fall into any of the above categories. In the past, this award has been given to flutists, vocalists, student composers, etc)

    All-Star Band Selection (honorary; any class):

    2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones,1 baritone saxophone
4 trumpets, 4 trombones
(1 vocal, vibes, or other instrument at the discretion of the adjudicators)

Unfortunately, time constraints do not facilitate a performance by the All Star Band.



Pizza, snacks, and soda will be available for purchase from 11:30 am until the end of the day in the lobby of the music building (on a cash or check basis).  On-campus dining services will also be available on a cash basis.  Several fast food outlets are within one or two miles of the music building, but are not within walking distance. 

Complimentary breakfast items and coffee for all directors will be available in the School of Music conference room (located in the Music Office, Room 123).

Other Information

Driving directions, warm-up room information, and exact schedules will be posted on this web site 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.



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