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Tarleton Jazz Festival

 The 2023 Tarleton Jazz Festival will take place on April 28-29, 2023. This year the festival will have performance spots available for both Friday and Saturday during the day. 


Check back for more details regarding registration, adjudicators, and our guest artist! 

About the Tarleton Jazz Festival

The Tarleton Jazz Festival invites high school and middle school ensembles from across the state of Texas in a celebration of jazz. Each ensemble performs for nationally-recognized jazz educators and get feedback in the form of written comments, audio comments while performing, and a clinic. The ensembles are then ranked by class, with one winner per class, and an overall winner is chosen. The adjudicators also select outstanding musicians and soloists that are recognized at the awards ceremony. Outstanding soloists are also awarded a $500 scholarship to attend Tarleton State

The students participating in the festival get free admission that includes watching other ensembles perform, attending clinics, and a seat at the awards concert. The awards concert features the winning ensemble from the previous year, as well as the Tarleton Jazz Ensemble with a featured guest artist.