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UW-Whitewater High School Jazz Festival

The 2024 UW-Whitewater High School Jazz Festival will give High School bands the opportunity to receive written comments and a clinic from our clincians. Each band will have 30 minutes to perform and will receive written comments and a 15 minute clinic with our clinicians following their performance.  This year’s clinicians will be Derrick Gardiner, an alumni of the Count Basie Orchestra, the Harry Connick Orchestra and new Director of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University, and Steve Sveum, former Director of Bands at Sun Prairie High School and Essentially Ellington Clinician. 

Each band will warm up during the hour preceding their performance time.  All bands are encouraged to stay and hear the other ensembles, the evening UW-Whitewater Jazz Ensemble and "trio incognito" featuring David Bixler - alto sax, Dan Loomis - bass, and Fabio Rajas - percussion.  

Friday, March 15, 2024 | 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST 

Limited to the first 16 bands.

Register Online

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Registrations accepted online until Friday, March 1, 2024.  

Registration Questions

High Schools representative will be asked the following questions in the registration.  Please have the answers prior to registering:

High School representatives name, address, phone, email, school name, band director name, accommodations/comments, understand the refund policy, first choice to perform (am or pm)

Credit Card

Your online registration and payment are always safe and secure. We accept MasterCard and Visa credit card payments in our online registration system. We will NOT accept credit card payments over the phone. We will accept checks made out to "UW-Whitewater" and mailed to UW-Whitewater Camps and Conferences, 800 West Main Street, Room 2005 Roseman Hall, Whitewater WI 53190.

Confirmation Emails
Once you register to attend an event (including waitlisted), a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. You must have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Cost Information

Fee: $250

The event fee includes instruction and insurance.  

Cancellations and payments: All registrant accounts must be paid in full 21 days prior to the start of the event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without a refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event to receive a refund, less a 20% administration fee. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the deposit if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons, or no-shows after the camp has started. 

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide the registrant’s name, camp title, and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to the name and address of the payer. 

We reserve the right to cancel any event for any reason; in such case, all fees paid will be refunded, or contact for alternate arrangements.

For participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event, please follow these steps to redeem your sponsorship:

  • Register for the event and use the promo code provided by your sponsor during checkout.
  • The sponsorship amount will be deducted from your invoice. Any remaining balance will be the participant's responsibility.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, please note that the sponsorship funds will be returned to the supporting organization.

Please note that any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code during checkout to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for the requested discount at the start of the event.

If a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account, a processing fee will be assessed.

If you have received an award or scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes, please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email before registering to avoid overpayment fees.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email before registering to avoid overpayment fees.

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?
If you would like to sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees, you can request a promo code to give to your chosen registrant. For more details, please click here.

No discounts for this event.

Arrival Information

Check In

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the atrium of the Center of the Arts.  

Driving Directions
Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.

Parking permits are required on all vehicles parked on campus at all times, with the exception of 5:00 p.m. Fridays to 11:00 p.m. on Sundays (unless special events are being held on campus). More information on parking is on the Visitor Center website.  

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event. Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund. Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice. For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants. Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

We receive many questions from registrants. Click here to review our frequently asked questions about registering and attending an event.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and/or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and/or videos relating to the promotion of future events. You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to the use of said photographs and/or videos. Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use of media for any purpose.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

What to Bring

  • Instrument

Event Schedule

7:30 am First band warm-up
8:00 - 8:45 am First band perform (second band warm-up)
9:00 - 9:45 am Second band perform (third band warm-up)
10:00 - 10:45 am Third band perform (fourth band warm-up)
11:00 - 11:45 am Fourth band perform
Noon Lunch (fifth band warm-up)
1:00 - 1:45 pm Fifth band perform (sixth band warm-up)
2:00 - 2:45 pm Sixth band perform (seventh band warm-up)
3:00 - 3:45 pm Seventh band perform (eight band warm-up)
4:00 -4:45 pm Eight band perform
5:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm UW-Whitewater Jazz Ensemble | featuring Derrick Gardner on trumpet
7:30 pm Presentation of Awards for Outstanding Soloists - Derrick Gardner and Steve Sveum
7:30 pm Guest Artists "trio incognito" featuring David Bixler - alto sax, Dan Loomis - bass, and Fabio Rojas - percussion

Once all eight performance slots are filled, registration will be closed. All registrants will then be notified of their performance time.

Meet the Presenters

Michael Hackett

Dr. Michael Hackett
UW-Whitewater Professor of Jazz

Derrick Gardner

Derrick Gardner

Jazz Camp

Greg Bunge
Jazz Camp

trio incognito

Trio Incognito

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