student jazz musicians perform on stage at the summer symposium at ball state


Festival Date
Saturday, March 4, 2018

Now in its 45th year, the Larry McWilliams Dimensions in Jazz Festival attracts over 35 high school jazz bands annually. The bands participate in jazz band and combo competitions as well as clinics. The day ends with an evening concert featuring the two winning bands from the day’s competition and the Ball State Jazz Lab Ensemble with special guest artists. Ball State Jazz faculty and invited guests present clinics and judge the competitions.


Jeff Coffin, Guest Artist

Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary and iconic American rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and three GRAMMY Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts his own groups, the Mu’tet and the Viridian Trio, when not touring with Dave Matthews Band, and has released more than 10 solo CDs. Learn more about guest saxophonist Jeff Coffin and the Art of Jazz Series concert that will follow the festival.


If you’d like your high school jazz band to participate in the festival, please email Mark Buselli, director of jazz studies at Ball State University.

female saxophone player practices on stage

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