Competition - Sac State Winter Jazz Festival

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29th Annual Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival
​Saturday, December 7, 2019

The 2019 Sacramento State Winter Jazz Festival, open to Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Collegiate Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Combos, Vocal Jazz Ensembles, is a non-competitive, educational festival in that no scoring or rankings of bands are made or implied. Instead, our selected clinicians are simply on hand to provide constructive commentary through verbal feedback. Our festival revolves completely around one main concept: it is important that our young musicians are taught how to play jazz while enjoying the learning process through every means available.

The annual Winter Jazz Festival features performances by high school and junior college jazz bands, jazz combos, and vocal jazz groups, performing every half hour throughout the day in Capistrano Hall and the Student Union. The closing concert at 7:30pm in the University Ballroom of the Student Union features the group Kneebody.


This year's guest artist will be Kneebody. In their almost two-decade history, the Grammy-nominated band Kneebody has created a genre and style all its own. Their sound is explosive rock energy and high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing set within the frames of highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising.

***General Admission is $15***

***Free REU Parent Parking Permit ONLY via the form link on this page***

Admission/Parking Details:

The festival is open to the public; general admission is $15 (including the 7:30pm evening concert) and is available onsite on the day of the Festival. Parking is $7 for the day, available from the machine on the 5th floor of the parking structure (we expect parking to be enforced due to the NCAA football playoff game on campus that day). Directors and performing participants will receive a complimentary admission pass to the Festival.