The 45th 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, will perform during the 45th annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival, set for March 4-5, 2019 in Augustana's Hamre Recital Hall.

Please return to this page for the announcement of our 2019 Guest Artist by December 1, 2018.

Grammy-Winning Saxophonist Jeff Coffin was featured at the 2018 Festival!

Jeff Coffin, a Grammy award-winning saxophonist for the Dave Mathews Band, joined the Augustana Northlanders Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Brian Hanegan, and bands from area high schools and middle schools. 

Coffin, Hangegan and other Augustana music faculty provided workshops for 40 high school and middle school jazz bands from throughout the region.

Introducing Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator who has been traveling the globe since the late 20th century. He is a three-time Grammy-winner as a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, with whom he played from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore.

When not on the road with DMB, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet, and works around the country playing shows and presenting music clinics to students. As an in-demand Yamaha & D'Addariop performing artist, Coffin has presented at more than 300 solo and Mu'tet music clinics to students of all ages in locations across the globe, from Farmington, Maine, to Perth, Australia, to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Living in Nashville since 1991, Coffin graduated with a music education degree from the University of North Texas in 1990, where he played in the acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band. He also studied with sax great Joe Lovano on a National Endowment for the Arts grant.A number of Coffin's compositions have been published as big band arrangements through the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Jazz Press, and he has presented them in concerts with many ensembles. Education continues to be an important part of what he shares with others and he is a tireless champion to players of all ages and levels to discover and cultivate their own musical voice.

At the 2000 Grammy Awards, Coffin & Fleck’s tune "Zona Mona," from the Bela Fleck & the Flecktones album "Outbound," was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Composition. Also that year, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording for the album "Outbound."

Coffin is also an avid photographer who views photographic composition, musical composition and improvisation as going hand-in-hand. All of his recent album photography is his own work.