The 47th 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 47th annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival, set for February 28 - March 1, 2022, in Augustana's Hamre Recital Hall.

Please register here for this year's event. Registration is limited to the first 50 bands.

We are pleased to introduce our featured performer and clinician, Adam Larson!


Adam Larson (b. 1990) is an American saxophonist, composer, educator and author currently residing in the Kansas City-area. Larson teaches music business, jazz pedagogy and applied jazz saxophone lessons at UMKC Conservatory, where he has been on faculty since 2019.Larson holds BM and MM degrees in jazz performance from The Manhattan School of Music and was a part of the vibrant NYC jazz scene for eleven years before relocating in 2019. 

Larson continues to perform in NYC with some of the greatest musicians in the
genre. As a guest artist, Larson has been invited to present masterclasses on music
business, improvisation and composition at more than fifty universities across
the globe. 

Adam has recorded five albums and maintains an active touring schedule year-round playing his original music.

 Adam has authored 12 jazz etude books that have been sold in over 45 countries and States. He has created and released a successful online masterclass dedicated exclusively to developing great technique, called “Lighting-Fast and Crystal-Clean”. He maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writing for school jazz ensembles, having written more than thirty original works to date. Adam was commissioned by the Illinois Music Educators Association to compose the All-State composition for the 2020 convention.

With a vested interest in giving back, Larson has also worked in various capacities with organizations that showcase exceptional young talent in the United States. Adam has served as a mentor for the Grammy Foundation and as an adjudicator for the YoungArts organization. Serving in the role of creative director of the YoungArts New York regional show, Larson has presented multiple genre-bending, interdisciplinary performances held at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. Larson currently resides in Kansas City with his beautiful wife, Tierney and sons Jack and Clark.