College of Fine Arts and Communication


Department of Music

Information for Participants

The TU Jazz Festival will be held for the fifth year on Thursday, January 15, and Friday, January 16, 2015. The festival will include morning educational rotations of performing groups, afternoon learning sessions and a master class with our featured artists, as well as professional concerts each evening!

FESTIVAL FORMAT

8:30 a.m.

All registrants are welcome to gather in the concert hall for band performances. Each registered performing group will warm up in CA 3069, move to the Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall stage to perform, and then move to CA 3071 for their clinic. After the clinic, groups will return to the concert hall to watch remaining performances.

2:00 p.m.

Several learning sessions for students and teachers will take place during the afternoon. Choose one or several and check them out. (Session topics to be announced)

4:15 p.m.

All registrants will gather in the concert hall, where the afternoon sessions will culminate in an energizing, entertaining, and informational master class with our featured artists.

7:00 p.m.

A concert featuring our guest artists will be presented each festival evening in the Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall. All registrants may attend. The general public may purcahse concert tickets at www.tuboxoffice.com

 

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES

There will be several exhibitors on display. Exhibits will be open both days. We will also host the Kappa Kappa Café who will have items for breakfast and lunch on the Atrium level of the building. Returning this year, our festival will have a sheet music/equipment swap area. Bring yours and swap for something else!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • Paid registration is valid for both days of the festival.
  • Preregistration must take place online at www.towson.edu/music/jazzfestival.
  • All preregistration (regardless of category) must be completed by December 19, 2014.
  • All payments must be received by the pre-registration deadline of December 19, 2014. Group registration (performing or non-performing) will not be available after preregistration has ended.
  • On-site registration on the days of the festival will be available to individuals only. There will be no group registration available on-site on the days of the festival.

Preregister as a Performing Group

This package includes an approximately 15 minute performance of up to three tunes from your group, a clinic, attending afternoon sessions and the featured guest master class, and admission to daily evening concerts for all student group members, 2 directors, and 4 chaperones. Payment must be received by the registration deadline December 19, 2014 (for performing groups). Performing groups will not be able to register after this date. Please preregister online at www.towson.edu/music/jazzfestival

(Due to time limitations, there will be no more than 8 performing groups on each day of the festival. Groups will be chosen by the order that registrations and full payments are received. If your group is not chosen to perform, you can still attend as a non-performing group and take advantage of all the festival has to offer. Although performing groups will only be on stage on assigned days, registrants may attend sessions and concerts on both days.)

Preregister as a Non-performing Group

This package includes admission to watch morning performances, attend afternoon sessions and featured guest master class, and admission to Friday and Saturday evening concerts for all student group members, 2 directors, and 4 chaperones. Payment must be received by the registration deadline of December 19, 2014 (for non-performing groups). Non-performing groups will not be able to register after this date. Please preregister online at www.towson.edu/music/jazzfestival

Register as an Individual

This package includes admission to watch morning performances, attend afternoon sessions and featured guest master class, and admission to Friday and Saturday evening concerts. On-site registration will be available for individual registrants ONLY. For online registration, visit www.towson.edu/music/jazzfestival

A Note about Parent Attendance

This event is intended to be an educational experience for all involved. Morning performances are NOT INTENDED TO BE A CONCERT SETTING experience. Each group receives two director badges and four chaperone badges, additional persons wishing to attend the festival must register as an individual. The Towson University Jazz Festival is open to any and all interested parties who wish to register for the festival. We welcome everyone who would like to participate in this educational opportunity as registered participants.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Your group will be assigned a performance time between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thursday or Friday. Groups will have up to 30 minutes to warm up in a room near the concert hall, up to 30 minutes to move to the concert hall and complete your performance, and up to 30 minutes to move to the clinic room and receive your clinic.

Groups will perform no more than 3 (three) tunes in the concert hall.

It is not necessary to provide scores for the clinicians during the concert hall performance.

You are also responsible for your own stage setup. You need to bring any extra equipment with you, including hi-hat clutch, cymbals, wires, cables and extension cords. Your time will not be extended for setup and breakdown purposes.

EQUIPMENT TOWSON UNIVERSITY WILL PROVIDE IN EACH OF THE 3 SPACES:

  • 1 Acoustic Piano
  • 1 Bass Amp
  • 1 Guitar Amp
  • 1 Vibraphone
  • 1 Full Drumset/stool (minus cymbals & hi-hat clutches)
  • Snare drum and stand, 2 toms (1 mounted, 1 floor), Bass drum, Bass drum pedal, Hi-hat stand (no cymbals, no clutch), 2 cymbal stands (no cymbals)

EQUIPMENT TOWSON UNIVERSITY WILL NOT PROVIDE:

  • Cords for guitarists and bassists
  • Hi-hat clutches
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Auxiliary percussion (congas, timbales, triangles, shakers, etc.)

GEAR YOU WILL NEED TO BRING:

Drummers - bring hi-hat clutch, sticks/brushes/mallets, and cymbals (ride, crash, hi-hat)

Percussionists – all required instruments (congas, timbales, triangles, shakers, etc.)
Pianists - do not bring anything
Guitarists - bring instrument and a cable to plug into the amp
Bassist - bring instrument and a cable to plug into the amp

If you have a unique situation (keyboard bass, vibes, etc.), please contact tujazzfestival@towson.edu for clarification.

 

Proceeds from festival activities support Towson University Jazz Festival (TUJF) activities through the Towson University Foundation/Jazz Ensemble Fund.

 

Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2839
Fax: 410-704-2841

 

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