Jazz Festival


Christian McBride

Christian McBride with an string bass


The goal of the CSU Stanislaus Jazz Festival is to provide students and directors with a positive educational and musical experience in Jazz. Maximum interaction between students, directors, and guest clinicians will take place throughout the day, highlighted by various master classes from guest artists and clinicians as well as a performance by the CSU Stanislaus Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Christian McBride.

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Festival Format

The festival is non-competitive. Clinicians will provide written and verbal feedback to the directors and students. Each band will receive a warm-up room for 25 minutes prior to their performance. Each band will be allowed approximately 25 minutes to perform (this includes setup and teardown), followed immediately by a 25 minute clinic.

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Download the Jazz Festival E-Brochure and Registration form.

Master Classes

Throughout the day, regional guest artists and clinicians will be giving master classes discussing specific elements of jazz improvisation. In addition, there will be a 12:00pm master class/discussion with Christian McBride. A schedule of these master classes will be distributed to the directors a few weeks prior to the festival.


Mike Dana, Fresno City College
Patrick Langham, University of the Pacific
Marcus Shelby, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra
Dr. Steve Roach, CSU Sacramento

Guest Artist Info

For more information on Christian McBride visit his website at www.christianmcbride.com.