Participant Information

UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2019

Dear Participant, 

We are delighted that you have selected to participate in the UM Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival 2019. Attached you will find information about Best Soloist/Section,Thursday Schedule, Friday Schedule, a Seating Chart, and a Campus Map (with directions) and a list of available food locations on campus. Schedules are also included but may be subject to change*. All daytime activities will take place in the Music Building and the UM Dennison Theatre on the campus of UM. The evening concerts will be held in Dennison Theatre at 7:30 pm.


  • Doug Stone (saxophone)
  • Brian Claxton (drum set)
  • Matt Harris (piano)
  • Aric Schneller (trombone)
  • Ashley Summers (bass)
  • Steve Roach (trumpet)

And much more!

You and your students NEED to bring:

  • Seating Chart (3 copies)
  • Instruments & Music
  • Auxiliary percussion (we have vibraphone for performance sites)
  • Patch cables for guitar and bass
  • Cymbals – *Cymbals will be provided if you choose to use
  • Money for lunch and dinner ($10-15) PLEASE SEE MEAL OPTIONS FOR PIZZA!

*We will supply music stands, sound system, piano, bass amp, drum set, vibraphone, and guitar amp. Please do not plan on switching this equipment.  Cymbals and snare drum are the only pieces of equipment you are allowed to switch.

Daily Check-In

Please check-in officially 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR WARM–UP in the Music Building. You will be given updated information and your tickets for the evening concerts. Please fill out the seating chart  so we have accurate information about your performance. You will also have an instrument storage location assigned to each group.


Enclosed in the hard copy mailing you will find a map of campus. Campus dining options include the Food Zoolocated in the Lommasson Building and the Food Court at the University Center. Both of these will be open Thursday and Friday.

You will also find a list of restaurants and contact information located close to campus in Missoula.

Bus Information

After unloading at the Music Building the best possible parking option is located at an offsite location over by the South Campus Stadium (Parking Map). The parking area is located on the Red Line Bus route and this bus can bring the driver back to campus.  See attached Red Line Bus Schedule.

Seating Chart

Please fill out the seating chart and bring with you 3 copies so our clinicians and guest artists can award outstanding soloist and best section awards and develop an immediate relationship with the students they are working within their clinic. PLEASE GIVE THIS TO THE UM RUNNER AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR WARM-UP.

Concert Information

  • Evening concerts are free to all school registered participants.
  • Additional evening concert ticket price is $10 for all school participants, directors and chaperones.
  • Concert Schedule

Performance and Critique Info

Your Jazz Ensemble will participate in:

 Large Ensembles (Big Bands/Vocal Jazz)

  • 30-minute warm-up
  • 30-minute performance
  • 30-minute ensemble critique by festival clinicians

*All groups are encouraged to listen to and observe other ensembles 

Small Groups (Combos)

Your soloist will participate in:

  • 30-minute performance
  • 30-minute critique

Warm-up times/locations

Please have your warm-up area cleared at least 5 MINUTES BEFORE your performance time. Warm-up rooms will have piano, bass amp, guitar amp, and drum set. There may be no stands available in the warm-up rooms.

Master Classes

As part of this festival and the educational format, we request that you take advantage of the daily master classes and clinics. Theory/improvisation sessions will be held as well as clinics on every instrument AT LEAST ONCE A DAY.

Jazz Theory/Improvisation

*To avoid confusion and aid in the educational process, a Jazz Theory/Improv pre-testwill be mailed for your students to take prior to arriving at the festival. Middle Schools will be assigned improvisation locations. See bottom for assigning appropriate levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced for HS/College, MS Drum Set Improv/Theory, HS Drum Set Improv/Theory and MS Improv/Theory) for the Improvisation/Jazz Theory hour.

Best Sections/Best Soloists

Announcements for BEST SECTIONS/OUTSTANDING SOLOISTS will be at the conclusion of each day in the Dennison Theatre at 5:00pm. 

Ensemble Music Preparation

Small instrumental ensembles and big bands should prepare the proper amount of music for their respective time slots. All groups will have a 25-minute performance as well as a 25-minute critique following their performances. Remember; less is more!

Thank you for taking the time to be a part of our festival. We are all very excited about this event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me using the contact information below.

Looking Forward,

Rob Tapper                        
UM Director of Jazz Activities