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The 2022 JMU George West Jazz Festival!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

JMU Jazz Ensemble Concert @ 4 PM
Forbes Center Concert Hall

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To register your ensemble(s), simply email Chuck Dotas ( to reserve a spot in the schedule (time preferences should be indicated in the email). Performance slots are allotted on a first-come, first-reserved basis; the schedule will fill up by late fall, so reserve early!

Registration fee

$300.00 per ensemble, which covers a performance by your ensemble in our wonderful Forbes Center Concert Hall (with complete stage crew and professional sound reinforcement), a professionally mixed CD (or online recording via dropbox) of your band’s performance, recorded comments by two clinicians, an in-depth private post-performance clinic, and admission for your students/directors/chaperones to the 4:00 pm concert by the JMU Jazz Ensemble and guest artists/clinicians.

Public School Ensemble Performance Details

All ages and ability levels are welcome; both combos and big bands are eligible to perform. The JMU George West 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 (20 minutes for Middle School ensembles), and is provided with recorded comments by two adjudicators. Each school receives a 45 minute clinic (30 minutes for middle schools) by one of our guest artists immediately following the ensemble's performance.


A drum kit, vibes, congas, bass and guitar amps, and vocal mics will be set up on the Forbes Concert Hall stage, and (with the exception of vocal mics) in the clinic and warm up rooms.  Detailed information about equipment, storage space, clinician master classes, and your band’s post-performance clinic will be emailed near the festival date.


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

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