Friday, April 16, 2021

The Montana State University Billings Jazz Ensembles are focused on authentically learning multiple styles of Jazz and Commercial music in order for the student to approach future playing and teaching situations with confidence and knowledge. Our ensembles sincerely enjoy sharing the love of music and broadening our own minds as well as those in the community, to become more artistically and culturally aware.


All college, high school, and junior high jazz ensembles in the state are cordially invited to the MSU Billings Jazz Festival, which will take place on Friday, April 16, 2021 at MSU Billings. All sizes of ensembles are invited to attend, including big bands, combos and any other size or instrumentation of Jazz Ensemble. Vocalists welcome in combos and big bands. In addition to adjudication, highly experienced clinicians will also provide improvisation, instrumental and music production clinics.  This festival is non-competitive and focused on education and nurturing the love of the music.  Top Soloists of the festival will be awarded at the evening concert. There are no fees required for this festival when it comes to adjudication.

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Dontae Winslow, trumpet. 2020 Artist. 

Guest Artists & Adjudicators

Concert Tickets

The Jazz Festival Concert featuring the MSUB Jazz Band and the guest artist will take place at the MSUB Petro Theatre from 7-9 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021 (doors open at 6:30 pm).  General Admission tickets to attend the performance are only $15.  FREE Admission with a valid MSUB ID at the door.

MSU Billings’ past jazz festivals have been very successful with guest artists such as Alex Iles, Bob BowmanBrennan Baglio, Wayne BergeronKatisse Buckingham, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Doc Cheatum, George Shearing, Bobby Shew, Nick Mancini, Denis DiBlasio, Eric Richards, Kelly Berdahl, Matt Otto, Darrell Green, and Dontae Winslow. Please join us in making this another educational tradition and musical mainstay in Montana.


MSUB jazz band rehearsing Fall 2017

Wayne Bergeron performing with student musicians at the 2016 MSUB Jazz Festival

Jazz band
Jazz band

For more information please contact John Roberts.