Any school group wishing to participate in the competition portion of the Reno Jazz Festival must consist entirely of students enrolled in ONE school. College and university students must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits to be considered eligible (an exception is granted in the “community” category where all members need only be enrolled in the group course). ANY group may choose to perform non-competitively, but the festival staff must be notified. Non-competitive groups will receive judges’ comments, but will not be eligible for awards. For more information about fees and tickets, go to our Purchase page.
Festival Rules and Competition Categories
Download complete festival rules, procedures and general information (PDF). As part of the festival’s commitment to the advancement of jazz education, EVERY group will receive a feedback clinic following its performance. (All times include setup and tear down.)
- Instrumental: Big Bands 30-minute performance (25-minute for small high schools, middle schools and junior high schools) Categories will be based on school size and type.
- Combos (small group improvisation) 25-minute performance
- Vocal Jazz Ensembles 25-minute performance