Dear Jazz Band Colleague:

Utah Valley University cordially invites you and your students to participate in this year's Ice Breaker Jazz Festival, held on Monday November 19, 2018 at the Ragan Theater on the UVU campus. This event is open to all high school and middle school jazz bands. Each performance will be followed by a 25 minute clinic with one of our featured adjudicators. Bands will not receive official scores or ratings but one band from each age category will be honored with an outstanding performance award and plaque. These awards will be announced at the evening concert, so please plan to have at least one representative from your band attend.

Each ensemble should register for a thirty-minute time slot. Multiple ensembles from the same school are welcome to register for additional time slots. Bands are encouraged to listen to performances by other ensembles before and after their performance time.

The registration fee for each band is $140.00. This includes an audio or video recording of the performance, written and in-person feedback, and free admission to both the noon concert and an evening concert featuring UVU Jazz Ensembles (7:30pm, Ragan Theater). Upon registration, you will receive a code for complimentary tickets to the evening concert that you can share with your students and their families.

Please fill out the registration form and submit with credit card payment. Entries are due November 10 and will be considered in the order they are received. Slots fill up quickly, so please register early. We will confirm your registration, coordinate performance times, and provide additional instructions upon receipt of payment.

Please read through the UVU Festival Instruction Sheet for information on parking, student drop off, and other on-campus information. Feel free to contact me directly with any other questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you at the festival!

Alex Heitlinger
Director of Jazz  and Contemporary Performance

Festival Instructions

  1. Buses drop students off in front (east side) of the UVU library which is north of the Sorenson Student Center. Drivers may then park in BRC, which is located south of campus across the 1200 S intersection and west of Walmart. There are signs posted in that parking lot as to where you may park. Do not park at Walmart. With over 25,000 students there is limited parking on campus - directors, please do not drive your own vehicles. It is better for you to ride the bus with your students. If you must drive, park in visitor metered parking in front of campus (south end). Buses should pick up students the same place they dropped them off (east side of library), however, the bus wait can only be two deep. If you are the third bus you will be ticketed. Campus map
  2. Upon arrival at the UVU Ragan Theater, please check in at the festival desk and turn in your scores for the adjudicator/clinician. The person manning the festival desk will assign you a warm-up room. You will use it for warm up, storage, and to meet in after your performance. You may want to bring a parent to watch over your students' belongings.
  3. When it is your turn to perform, a UVU host will escort you to the stage.
  4. UVU will provide the following instruments and equipment on stage:
    • 1 bass amplifier, 1 guitar amplifier, vibraphone, piano, risers, chairs, music stands, microphones, 1 drum set with cymbals (you may bring your own cymbals if desired)
    • Please bring any additional instruments and equipment that you need including cords, extra percussion instruments, additional amplifiers, etc.
  5. Following your performance, you will be escorted to the clinic room where one of our adjudicators will work with your band. After your clinic, you can pick up your rating sheets at the festival desk. Video or audio files will be shared via Box. You will be asked to provide an email address where we can send the link to the audio or video file.
  6. I encourage you to schedule your day so you can hear some of the other groups at this year's festival. Much of the benefit of this festival comes from your students hearing other groups. It is also a more rewarding experience to perform for an audience.

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