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Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 | Rice Auditorium

The festival kicks off Thursday night in Rice Auditorium with a free concert at 7:30, featuring a performance by the Baker Jazz Ensemble and festival guest artist.

Friday features a full day of performances by area high school big bands adjudicated by our festival guest artists.

Each band will have 25 minutes to perform its set and participate in a 20-minute clinic with one of our guest artists and also have the opportunity to sight-read for an adjudicator. The adjudicator comments and ratings will be provided to all performing ensembles before they leave that day. Awards will be presented to the two finest musicians performing that day as chosen by the panel of adjudicators.

Students staying through lunch may choose to eat on campus in our dining hall ($5) or in off-campus restaurants (a list will be provided upon request).

Adjudicators & Clinicians

Chuck MacKinnon, Composition & Trumpet | David Valdez, Alto Saxophone

Roger Wilder, Piano | Jeff Harshbarger, Bass | Dr. J.D. Parr, Sight Reading


Dr. Frank Perez, Director of Bands
785.594.4579 |

2018 Festival Is Full

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please email Dr. Perez at

Custom Arrangements

If you are using custom arrangements, you are required to obtain the appropriate copyright permission/licenses.

Please visit: CopyCatTresona, or Harry Fox.

Fee | $140 per school

Entry fees are not refundable after deadline date.

GUEST ARTIST | Chuck MacKinnon

Educator | Composer | Trumpeter | Flugelhornist | Jazz Artist

Chuck MacKinnon has been making a living in music as a performer and educator since age 18. His palette has ranges from pioneering new sounds for the trumpet, including delay, distortion, and live samples to his latest music project, the “Mactet,” an all-acoustic venture that features classic funky Blue Note-sounding three-horn jazz writing.

With over 20 CD credits to his name, MacKinnon has performed with many of the top names in jazz including the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Joe Henderson, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Mark Levine, Bruce Forman, Sam Rivers, Bob Mover, Kenny Brooks, and Dred Scott. MacKinnon has also toured or performed with crossover groups including John Mayer, Norah Jones, Isaac Mizrahi, Charlie Hunter, Benevento and Russo, Peter Apfelbaum, Will Bernard, Groove Collective, Dig, DJ Logic, and the soul jazz band, Gravy, which he co-led and recorded the “Live at Brunos” CD in 1999.

MacKinnon resided in New York City from 2000 to 2010, where he composed music and led his own bands. In NYC, he worked extensively as a sideman in jazz, rock, pop, hip hop, and private party bands. In addition, he was in demand as a composer and arranger, having completed eight commissions for big band and was a staff arranger for JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band.

MacKinnon is soon to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Kansas on full scholarship where he also teaches jazz courses. He has previously taught at College of San Mateo, Diablo Valley College, University of Santa Cruz, Sonoma State University, California State University East Bay, California State University San Jose, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop. He has taught at several high schools, as well as having taught New York City innercity music programs for several years.

MacKinnon apprenticed in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he learned extensively in his youth by sitting in with local piano legend, Smith Dobson, performed with the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and McDonald’s All-American Bands. He won a music scholarship to UCLA and later earned his Bachelor of Music from William Patterson College in Wayne, New Jersey, and a Master of Arts in Composition from California State University East Bay, where won a Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Extended Composition by a Collegiate Musician in 1996.

DIRECTIONS | Rice Auditorium is located at 404 Eighth St.

Bus Parking

Download a map showing pdf bus parking.


Eva Durand
Department Assistant
Music & Theatre
Office: Owens Musical Arts Building 201

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