Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival

The 50th annual UMD Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival is scheduled for Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th 2024!  Registrations are currently Closed.

Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival text with close up of jazz instrument

50th Annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival

March 15–16, 2024

It is my pleasure to announce that the 49th annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival will be held on the UMD campus, Friday and Saturday, March 15th and 16th, 2024. This Festival will be non-competitive in nature, offering positive, learning-based experiences for young jazz ensembles and will include many outstanding performances. Middle and High School performances and clinics will be on SATURDAY, MARCH 16th, 2024.

Featured Concert Artists - TBD


Saturday, March 16th, 5:30, Marshall Performing Arts Center, Adult Tickets - $15.00, Student Tickets - $8.00

The Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival will also include:

» » Performances by UMD Jazz Ensembles

» » 40 minutes of individualized time for your ensemble. Most ensembles perform for about twenty minutes and are then critiqued by two clinicians for another twenty minutes.

» » Adjudicators. Including leading jazz educators from colleges across the country to adjudicate and clinic your ensembles and directors.

» » Non-competitive atmosphere. This positive, learning-oriented approach has become a hallmark of the Head of the Lakes Festival. No trophies or defeats, just jazz music, hard work, and fun!

» » Clinics. Numerous clinics will be given by the guest artists, UMD jazz faculty and by our adjudicators, all of whom are recognized leaders in their fields.

» » Scholarships. The chance for instrumentalists to audition for a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth as a music major!

» » Prizes. Performance certificates and prizes will be awarded to individuals who offer outstanding performances during the day.

Registrations are currently CLOSED for the festival for this year’s festival.

If you have any questions regarding the festival, please feel free to contact me at 218.726.6327, or by email at [email protected].

Ryan Frane, UMD Jazz


Links FYI
Festival Schedule
Ensemble Set Up Form
FINAL Participant Letter
Program Soloist Form