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Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band

Mountaineer Honor Jazz band sitting together on stage

Special Guest Artist will be announced soon.

The WVU Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band is a two-day experience for high school jazz students. Participants will be selected based on a recorded audition and music teacher recommendation. The Honor Jazz Band will rehearse and perform together under the direction of Jared Sims, Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University, and participate in master classes with WVU faculty including Sims, Alton Merrell, Robert Sears, and Jeff Siegfried. The experience will include WVU faculty and student jazz performances and culminates with a performance by the Honor Jazz Band. The event is FREE to participants, but students pay for their own lodging and expenses. Please note that there is some financial assistance that could be available for students that are in need.


The WVU Jazz Fest dates are March 22-23, 2024. The deadline for submissions is February 16, 2024

Audition information will be posted in October 2023.