The 43rd Annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival

Thank you for attending the 43rd annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival!

The Augustana Northlanders Jazz Band, along with bands from the four state area high school and middle schools, performed during the 43rd annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival on March 6 & 7 2017 at Augustana's Kresge Recital Hall.  The 2017 Festival Artist was renowned American jazz trumpeter Alan Vizzutti. 

Throughout the two-day festival, Augustana music faculty and guest artists provided workshops to the high school and middle school musicians.  The event also featured free concerts at 7:30 p.m.on Monday, March 6 and at noon and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 in Kresge Recital Hall. 

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

From his home in Seattle Washington, Allen’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Results of the 2017 Competition:


1.  Mitchell Middle School

2.  Dakota Valley Middle School

3.  Okoboji Middle School

4.  Brandon Valley Middle School

5.  Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Middle School

6.  Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School                                   


Morning Results (B Schools)                     

1.  Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School

2.  Elk Point-Jefferson High School

3.  Boyden-Hull High School

4.  Miller High School

5.  McCook Central High School

6.  Adrian High School Dragon Fire Jazz

Morning Results AA Schools

1.  O'Gorman High School Jazz 1

2.  Brookings High School Jazz I

3.  Mitchell High School Jazz I

4.  Yankton High School Jazz I

5.  Brookings High School Jazz II

6.  Harrisburg High School

7.  Yankton High School Jazz II

8.  O'Gorman High School Jazz II



RESULTS  (A Schools)

1.  West Lyon High School I

2.  Sioux Falls Christian High School

T3  Estherville High School

T3  Vermillion High School

5.  Pipestone High School

6.  West Lyon High School II

7.  Lennox High School
8.  Luverne High School                           

RESULTS  (AAA Schools)

1.  Lincoln High School I

2.  Washington High School I

3.  Aberdeen High School I

4.  Brandon Valley High School I

5.  Roosevelt High School I

6.  Lincoln High School II

7.  Roosevelt High School II

8.  Aberdeen High School II

9.  Brandon Valley High School II

10.  Washington High School II

7:15 p.m.        AWARDS        

7:30 p.m.        Concert        


For further information about the 2018 Festival, email Mr. Brian Hanegan, jazz studies professor at Augustana or call him at:  605-274-5458,