Music Department

Northwest Jazz Festival

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The 38th Annual Northwest Jazz Festival
Coming February 2021

The festival will look slightly different this year due to COVID-19, but we are working on ways to make it possible! Check back here for more information as it becomes available.



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.

**Again This Year**

Collegiate Division:

We are now inviting college ensembles and students to join us at the Northwest Jazz Festival. This division is open to soloists, combos, and ensembles of all sizes from community colleges or universities.

Combo Division:

We are now welcoming combos (small groups focusing on improvisation) to join us in this special division. Open to small ensembles of any instrumentation. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a separate performance venue and work with a clinician and professional rhythm section.


Check back here for when registration opens.


Festival Cost:
     $225 - Jazz Bands and Choirs
     $125 - Jazz Combos


As part of your registration, please fill these out the appropriate set of festival forms. You can upload the completed forms during the registration process, or you may return them via email to

Jazz Band Forms

Jazz Choir Forms


Refunds are only available for entry fees when circumstances prevent the judges from appearing at the festival.


Each group may schedule a 20-minute performance time which will include recorded and written adjudication and an off-stage 20-minute clinic for your band or choir. Teachers may elect to receive a rating or "comments only."

Music displays, as well as clinics and workshops, will be available throughout the festival.

Awards are given to outstanding soloists over the course of the festival. Judges also select a band and choir who exemplify our festival philosophy by their performance and spirit for the duration of the festival.

Click here for the 2020 Festival Schedule.


Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 PM
Powell High School Auditorium

This concert features the festival guest artists: Bob Sheppard and Säje.

Concert Tickets

Tickets for the concert may be purchased by calling 307-754-6425 or by stopping by the Music Office in the Nelson Performing Arts Center (NPA 16). The concert will be in Powell High School Auditorium. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.

     Ticket Price: $30.00
     School Discount: $15.00*


*School directors and chaperones will also receive the discounted price.


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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