Music Department

Northwest Jazz Festival

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The 38th Annual Northwest Jazz Festival
February 23, 2021

Watch the live-stream of the concert here

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Instrumental Headliner 

Erik Olson

Northwest College Faculty Jazz Ensemble
2021 Wyoming All-State Jazz Band directed by Dr. Eric Richards

We here at Northwest College have been holding out hope that things may change for the better by the time of the Northwest Jazz Festival in February. However, it is now officially time for us to announce necessary changes to our operations for this year.


We are very excited to be hosting the 2021 Wyoming All State Jazz Band, and we are going to focus the festival activities around this group on the scheduled festival date (2/23/2021). Under the current gathering restrictions, we are planning an evening concert, for a limited audience of directors and family members, to feature the All State Jazz Band and the Northwest College Faculty Jazz Ensemble. The All State Band will also have the experience of doing a multitrack recording session in our amazing recording facilities.


The educational component of our festival will be very different as well. Since our gathering restrictions will not allow us to host additional bands and choirs on site, we will be taking the educational component “on the road.” A team of adjudicators will be traveling to various schools to work with bands and choirs, and also perform a couple tunes in a short concert setting to inspire the students. Space is limited for this experience, so please reach out for further details ( 


We are happy to be able to offer the 2021 Northwest Jazz Festival in some capacity, and I hope we will be able to help educate and inspire your students in these challenging times.


Festival Philosophy

The Northwest College Jazz Festival is a non-competitive performance opportunity for vocal and instrumental jazz groups at all levels of proficiency. High-quality assessment and instruction will be provided by respected jazz educators in a positive and constructive learning environment. This festival encourages young musicians and teachers to grow through camaraderie and musical exchange.


Festival Director

Zach Paris

Department Secretary

Cassie Loera

Recording & Sound

Robert Rumbolz


Lara Moline

Tristan Eggener

Mailing Address

Music Department
Northwest College
231 W 6th Street Bldg 2
Powell, WY 82435
Phone: 307-754-6425
FAX: 307-754-6340

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The Northwest Jazz Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Park County Travel Council.


Zach Paris
Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands/Instrumental Music


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