Monday, December 8, 2014


Maintaining and Growing a High-Caliber Band | Upcoming Area Jazz Festivals

Maintaining and Growing a High-Caliber Band
In case you missed the article, there was a wonderful feature on the Owasso Band Program and David Gorham in the October, 2013 edition of School Band and Orchestra Magazine. Click the image below to read the article. We are very excited to have David on our staff now. The Owasso program continues to be held up as a model of excellence under the new Director of Bands Chris Harris and his staff.


Upcoming Area Jazz Festivals
Do you know of a festival not on the list below? Please send us an email and we will gladly include it!

Verdigris Jazz Festival
Verdigris HS
Verdigris, OK
Missouri Valley College
Jazz Festival
Missouri Valley
Marshall, MO
1/30 -
Hutchison Community College Jazz Festival
Hutchison Community College
Hutchison, KS
2/6 -
Mizzou / Rock Bridge
Jazz Festival
Rock Bridge HS
Columbia, MO
2/6 -
Clark Terry / Phi Mu Alpha
Jazz Festival
Southeast Missouri
State University
Cape Girardeau, MO
Fort Zumwalt North Jazz Festival
Fort Zumwalt High School
O'Fallon, MO
Rhythm N' Hues
Carl Junction HS
Carl Junction, MO
Parkview Jazz Festival
Parkview HS
Springfield, MO
UCM Jazz Festival
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO
Missouri State University
Jazz Festival
Missouri State University
Springfield, MO
Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO
Green Country Jazz Festival
Northeastern State University
Talequah, OK
Pitt State University Jazz Festival
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS
Drury University Jazz Festival
Drury University
Springfield, MO
3/6 -
KU Jazz Festival
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Northwest Jazz Festival
Northwest Missouri
State University
Maryville, MO
Carol Moore Memorial
Jazz Festival
Mineral Area College
Park Hills, MO
3/19 -
Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Clayton, MO
3/25 -
Tulsa Community College
Jazz Festival
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa, OK
Oklahoma State University
Jazz Festival
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK
Lindenwood University
Jazz Festival
Lindenwood University
St. Charles, MO
4/17 -
18th & Vine Jazz Festival
Metropolitan Community
College - Penn Valley
Kansas City, MO
4/22 -
KC Jazz Summit -
Basically Basie Competition
Kansas City Kansas
Community College
Kansas City, KS
4/22 -
Wichita Jazz Festival
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
Smith-Cotton Jazz Festival
Smith-Cotton HS
Sedalia, MO


Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival Info

Pittsburg State University is proud to be hosting our 41st Annual PSU Jazz Festival on Friday, March 6, 2015. The one day event generally attracts 60+ groups to perform for adjudicators. This year is especially exciting as the campus portion of the event will be in our new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. We will also continue to use the city Memorial Auditorium downtown and the evening concert will also continue to be downtown due to the size of the crowd.

Our guests for the evening concert is an outstanding group of all female musicians called DIVA. Not only is the group great it is also a chance for you to let your female members know that women in jazz are an important part of the current jazz scene. The group was featured in the 2013 award-winning documentary The Girls in the Band (

If you want an application or more information contact Bob Kehle at

Do you have more information on one of the upcoming jazz festivals? Please send us the info and we'll be happy to share it!


Contact Your Local Palen Music Center Representative

Can we assist you with anything? Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.


Springfield Bob Hopkins, Mike Steffen, Amanda Meyer and Melissia Goff (417) 882-7000
Columbia Chuck Appleton and Dylan Gililland (573) 256-5555
Liberty John Bell, Rob Goade, Paul Warnex and Bob Drummond (816) 792-8301
Joplin Jennifer Wassenaar and Amanda Meyer (417) 781-3100
Broken Arrow Jeff Lawless, Mary Ann French and David Gorham (918) 286-1555
OKC Charlie Bartrug and Kirby Swinney (405) 896-8111
PMC Admin Eric Matzat, AAron Bryan and Zach Houser (417) 882-7000


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