Jazz Festival

Saxophonist, Tom Luer

Saxophonist, Tom Luer
2021 Guest Artist, Saxophonist, Tom Luer

The University of Minnesota Jazz Festival is going virtual! It will occur on Saturday, February 27, 2021. You and your students will reap the benefits of this exciting lineup of clinicians and guest artists. This year's guest artist is saxophonist Tom Luer.

Extended Registration deadline: Monday, February 8, 2021

Register online by filling out our application form.

Participating bands will submit recordings that will be reviewed by a team of jazz educators. These recordings will be discussed in real-time with directors and their bands on the date of the event from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Select performances may be chosen to be featured on the March 2021 UMN Jazz Ensembles and Combos performance broadcast on our YouTube and Facebook platforms. The recorded broadcast premiere will take place on Friday, March 12.

The deadline for submitting recordings (audio or video) is Monday, February 22. Video length limited to 10 minutes or no more than TWO selections. Video submission instructions will be sent via email upon receipt of a completed registration form.

The entry fee for the University of Minnesota Jazz Festival will be $75 per ensemble. Performance slots are limited, so please register as soon as possible to assure your spot. 

Dean Sorenson, Jazz Festival director

Tom Luer, guest artist

List of Participating Schools (2021)

  • Alexandria Area High School (Alexandria, MN)
  • Anderson County High School (Garnett, KS)
  • Dakota Valley (North Sioux City, SD)
  • Hill-Murray School (Maplewood, MN)
  • Lakeville South High School
  • Mahtomedi High School
  • Red River High School (Grand Forks, ND)
  • Rosemount High School
  • Waukee High School (Waukee, IA)

Festival Registration

Online registration ensures quick receipt and effective registration record-keeping. Spots are limited and fill fast, so please register early. We will update the website when registration is full. Payment instructions will be sent via email upon receipt of a completed registration form.