Great Plains Jazz Festival
The Great Plains Jazz Festival features nationally renowned adjudicators, clinicians and guest artists. The festival is designed to be an educational experience for band directors and students from middle school through college. Ensembles perform for written and recorded comments and then proceed to a different room for a clinic from one of the adjudicators. In addition to the individualized clinic that each band receives, participants also have the opportunity to attend general clinic sessions presented by guest artists and adjudicators. The highlight of the festival is the opportunity to hear professional jazz concerts for free or greatly reduced prices. Jazz artists that have recently appeared at the Great Plains Jazz Festival include Bela Fleck, Doc Severinsen, Diane Schuur, the Jim Widner Big Band, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Jim Pugh, Marvin Stamm, Hubert Laws, and the Blue Note 7 featuring Ravi Coltrane and Nicholas Payton.
2015 Great Plains Jazz Festival
Schedule for the student performances.
February 27, 2015 - Click here for more information
- Festival Participants will perform at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall and Thompson Alumni Center.
- The evening performance will feature Ralph Lalama and the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra at 8:00 PM in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.
February 28, 2015 - Click here for more information
- The Festival will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center Scott Recital Hall.
- The evening performance will featuring Randy Brecker & the UNO Jazz Ensemble.
Guest Artist & Clinicians
Ralph Lalama, sax - "A solid fixture of the New York jazz scene and respected world-wide, Ralph Lalama embodies the best of the jazz sound ideal – great time, great swing, expressed through great melodic ideas."
The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1975 and is one of the Midwest’s premier big bands, celebrating over 35 years of great performances. The ensemble’s concerts feature a variety of traditional big band compositions by jazz masters such as Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie, reflecting the rich legacies of the Mississippi Basin territory bands. The ensemble also adds to this legacy by performing new compositions and arrangements regularly.
Randy Brecker, trumpet - "Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists."
Great Plains Jazz Festival Parking
The School of Music will be hosting the Annual Great Plains Jazz Festival in on the UNO Campus at the Strauss Performing Arts Center and Milo Bail Student Center on February 27, 2015.
There will be increased traffic and parking demand on the Dodge Campus from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. There is Relaxed Ticketing on the Dodge Campus. Visitors may park without UNO parking permits in surface lots; except Lots D and E, which are reserved for a CEC Event. The East Parking Garage, Behind Arts and Sciences Hall, will be open during the Festival. Visitors, Students, Faculty and Staff may park for free in the garage during the Festival. Please consider parking at the Crossroads or Pacific Campus and ride the free shuttle bus.
Parking will be available downtown at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
School performances at the Great Plains Jazz Festival are free and open to the public.
Tickets are required for the evening headliner concerts. Tickets are currently sold out for both performances, please contact Jennifer Walcutt at email@example.com to add your name to the wait list if ticket become available.
- Tickets for Friday are $15 general admission and $5 for students
- Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
- Tickets for Saturday are $15 general admission and $5 for students
- Holland Performing Arts Center Scott Recital Hall