Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival

The 48th annual UMD Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival is scheduled for Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 2022!  Registrations are Closed

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

48th Annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival

March 18–19, 2022

It is my pleasure to announce that the 48th annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival will be held on the UMD campus, Friday and Saturday, March 18th and 19th, 2022. 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 19th, 2022.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be accepting a limited number of ensembles and allowing ample time for performing groups to enter and exit performance and warm-up sites. Also, University of Minnesota policy requires the use of face coverings as outlined in this policy. All jazz festival participants will be expected to abide by this policy at all times while on the UMD Campus. This year, we also ask that students stay among their own school groups and travel throughout the festival as a group whenever possible. Thank you for your ongoing commitment and for helping us succeed with these mitigation strategies, providing a safe event for all.

THE ARI HOENIG QUARTET, featuring Tivon Pennicott – saxophone, Bill Carrotherspiano, Billy Peterson – bass and Ari Hoenig – drums Friday, March 18th, 7:30, Weber Music Hall, Adult Tickets - $15.00, Student Tickets - $8.00


Saturday, March 19th, 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.

Please register for the festival online by the March 1st deadline so that we can hold a spot for your ensemble(s) at this year’s festival. The fee for participants will be $200.00 per ensemble. We will fill performance spots on a first come, first serve basis so get your reservation form in early. Upon receipt of your registration fee, we will contact you regarding payment, hotel accommodations and other information.

I look forward to seeing you this year, and to hearing your ensembles perform. 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
Participant Letter
Program Soloist Form