Show your chops: you’ll do that here.

The Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival showcases excellent student musicians and guest artists from around the nation, all contributing to a vibrant festival of jazz and the celebration of music performance and education. 

The festival has grown in size every year, becoming known as the premier student event in the region. We look forward to welcoming new student groups, national artists, clinicians, and adjudicators from across the country each year. Our goal is to ensure that every participant leaves the festival energized, with a greater appreciation and knowledge for the art of jazz music and performance.

Dr. Felipe Brito, Festival Director

24th Annual Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival 2024 

  • Feb. 2-3, 2024

Evening Gala Concert

Featuring Andre Hayward, Jazz Trombonist, and the Southeast Missouri State University Jazz Ensembles

Friday, February 2, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Bedell Performance Hall
River Campus 
Tickets: $15

We can't wait to hear and meet you at this year's festival!

Student groups begin at 8 a.m.

Entry Fee

$185 for each participating band.

  • Performance Recording
  • Adjudication
  • Improvisation clinics
  • Percussion clinics

Featured Artist

Andre Hayward

andre hayward dressed in a suit coat and dress shirt playing his trombone

This year, we have the honor to host jazz trombone virtuoso Andre Hayward. Mr.Hayward was the former trombonist with the Duke/Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the San Francisco Jazz Collective. As an academic, Andre has also served as a trombone professor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, New York University, and NewEngland Conservatory. 

Jazz Festival Registration

If you would like your band to perform during the Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival, registration is required and there is a fee of $185 for the first band or combo.

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