Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival

Buddy Defranco Jazz Festival March 16-17 2017

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Application Deadline is February 15, 2018

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

Great Music and Spectacular Education

Photo of students playing instrumentsThe University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts in conjunction with the School of Music is proud to announce the 2018 edition of the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival which will occur on March 15-16, 2018. The emphasis of this instrumental and vocal jazz festival is on education, improvisation and the jazz language.

The 2018 Festival Artists will include such talents as Steve Owen (saxophone), Allison Miller (drum set), Reggie Thomas (piano), Mike Conrad (trombone), Erik Applegate (bass) and Tanya Darby (trumpet).  On both evenings, experience a spectacular musical event with the High School Best Section Big Band and outstanding soloists from the daytime events along with more musical artistry.

The fun and learning continues throughout each day with clinics, ensemble critiques, workshops, open rehearsals and master classes with guest artists, local musicians and faculty from the University of Montana.

The UM Buddy DeFranco Festival promises to be an exciting opportunity to learn more about the language of jazz and a great weekend of music and jazz education.

2018 Guest Artists

Steve Owen

Allison Miller

Reggie Thomas

Mike Conrad

Erik Applegate

Tanya Darby

Concert schedule for the Buddy Defranco Festival