43rd Annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival

Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival

Event Details


Date: March 6 - March 7, 2017

Times: Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 7, at noon and 7:30 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall

Ticket Info: The events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

The Augustana Northlanders Jazz Band, along with bands from area high schools and middle schools, will perform during the 43rd annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival, set for March 6-7 at Augustana’s Kresge Recital Hall. The 2017 Festival Artist is renowned American jazz trumpeter Mr. Allen Vizzutti.

The twenty-member jazz ensemble under the direction of Professor Brian Hanegan will perform in the 43rd year of the Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival and the first under Professor Hanegan's direction.

This two-day festival will feature 45 high school and middle school jazz bands from the quad-state area. These bands will perform Monday afternoon and throughout the day on Tuesday, March 7. The bands are adjudicated and provided workshops by the guest artist, Hanegan, and other professional adjudicators. View the festival schedule.

Free Concerts

  • 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 6
  • 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 7
  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7

Kresge Recital Hall


About the Artist

Allen Vizzutti, jazz trumpeterAllen Vizzutti has visited more than 60 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles as both a classical and jazz artist. He has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras, in recital, on television and in jazz venues around the world. Allen’s soaring trumpet sound can be heard on over 150 movie and game soundtracks including ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Back to the Future,’ ‘Halo’ and ‘Medal of Honor.’ Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Summit Brass, the US Navy and Air Force Bands. He is a strong proponent of music education and his “Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” has become a standard treatise used worldwide.

Read more about renowned American jazz trumpeter Mr. Allen Vizzutti.