Welcome to the 55th annual Reno Jazz Festival!

The 2017 Reno Jazz Festival promises to once again unite some of the finest jazz students, educators and professional musicians in the United States. Since its first year in 1962 (featuring five school groups), the Festival has grown considerably in size and stature, becoming one of the most highly regarded events of its kind in the world. As well as drawing competitors and artists from around the world, the Festival’s impact is widespread in the Western Region of the United States and the local community and is nationally recognized. The University of Nevada, Reno has also gained national recognition and seen dramatic development in recent years. The student population is expected to approach 22,000 in school year 2016-17.

As a program within the University’s School of the Arts and Extended Studies, the Reno Jazz Festival supports the school mission to inspire “educational excellence, creativity and collaboration.” With more than 300 school groups, 9,000 participants, and 50 clinicians, performers and adjudicators, we strive to ensure that every guest participant leaves with a greater knowledge, understanding, appreciation and love of music.

The Reno Jazz Festival is a massive undertaking, and it would not be possible without all of our cosponsors and volunteers. Special thanks to the National Endowment of the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, City of Reno, our Host Hotel Circus Circus Reno, Carpenter’s Music World, Greenbrae Trophy, and Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Have a great time at the Festival!


Christopher J. Money, Director
Reno Jazz Festival
University of Nevada, Reno

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