49er Jazz Festival

Each winter, the UNC Charlotte Department of Music hosts the 49er Jazz Festival, under the direction of Dr. Will Campbell, director of the Jazz Studies program. This full-day festival allows regional middle and high school jazz bands to participate in adjudicated performances and clinics with UNC Charlotte faculty and guest clinicians. The 2022 festival will take place on Saturday, February 18, in Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. 

Each festival brings distinguished adjudicators to UNC Charlotte, who award Outstanding Musicianship/Soloist and Outstanding Ensemble awards and perform with the UNC Charlotte Jazz Ensemble at the close of the festival. This year's adjudicators are Greg Jarrell and Tyrone Jefferson.

Participation is limited to 10 bands; deadline for application is December 1, 2022. To download an application form, please click here.

Past adjudicators include:

Brandon Lee, UNC Greensboro and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Tim Ishii, University of Texas at Arlington
Todd Wright, Appalachian State University 
Chad Eby, UNC Greensboro
Thomas Taylor, UNC Greensboro and North Carolina Central University
Robert Trowers, North Carolina Central University 
Matt Olson, Furman University
Baron Tymas, North Carolina Central University  
Tracy Patterson, Winthrop University