Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2022

How to Apply


Register for the 42nd annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival here!

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Soloist Sheet and Seating Chart 

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Tapper at robert.tapper@umontana.edu.


2022 Festival Schedule Information


$300 – Big Band Registration

$100 – Small Group Registration

$150 – Zoom Registration

Ensemble Video and Critique - Video Link due by March 15th, 2022

If you are currently running your groups face-to-face or online but cannot make it to the festival in person, you can submit a video/audio link.  You will receive feedback DURING your rehearsal time.  Registratoin fees provide ensemble critiques by internationally recognized jazz educators for Big Bands, Small Groups, and Instrumental Soloists.  A nationally acclaimed jazz educator will setup a Zoom feedback with your ensemble during one of your weekly rehearsal.  *Record your ensemble, and create a private link on YouTube.  Please be able to provide video links and scores to festival director by MARCH 15th, 2022




Registration: The deadline for in-person participation is February 15, 2022.

Performance Submissions: The deadline for group/solo video links is March 15, 2022.

Zoom Critiques with clinician will be completed before April 1, 2022.


Great Music and Spectacular Education

The University of Montana College of Arts and Media in conjunction with the School of Music is proud to announce the 2022 edition of the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival which will occur  March 17th and 18th, 2022. The emphasis of this instrumental jazz festival is on education, improvisation, and the jazz language.