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National Jazz Festival

The inagural National Jazz Festival will take place on February 15th, 2020 in historic Philadelphia!  We are excited and privledged to be hosting some of the best high school and middle school jazz musicians in the country.  The National Jazz Festival will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia!

The National Jazz Festival was created by instrumental and vocal jazz directors, caring parents, supportive jazz musicians, and avid jazz supporters in an effort to fill the void of a lack of a major national jazz festival with an educational philosophy.  Upon the cancellation of other festivals, the National Jazz Festival team saw a need to create an event that allows thousands of students to continue to share their talents and hard work with their peers from around the country.  The festival executive committee is being led by Joe Bongiovi.  Joe is the director of the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra and is also the band director at Princeton High School in New Jersey.  Joe is currently the President of the New Jersey Association Of Jazz Educators (NJAJE).  We are fortunate to have Joe’s extensive high school jazz festival experience and his ties to Philadelphia to help launch this festival.  
 
What the National Jazz Festival has to offer: 
(visit our “Events” page for detailed information)
– Instrumental Large Ensemble & Small Ensemble Categories
– Vocal Large Ensemble, Small Ensemble, & A Cappella Categories
– “Pop-Cappella” Category for your pop-based a cappella groups
– Solo Jazz Vocal Category
– Solo Jazz Piano Category
– Jazz Composition
– Middle School Invitational category (10 Ensembles Only)
– Jazz Educator Award
– The NJF LOVE Award for Students for community service/activism.
– An optional “Welcome Event” on Friday, February 14th
– An optional “After Party Jazz Session” on Saturday, February 15th
 
Official registration is open now through November 30th.  Schools and ensembles will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.  We hope that you can attend the National Jazz Festival this February!  If you have any questions or desire more information, please respond to this email or email us anytime at: info@nationaljazzfestival.org 

We are excited that the city of Philadelphia has welcomed this new endeavor with open arms and can’t wait to host the National Jazz Festival and invite you to explore historic Philadelphia and the thriving music scene in Philly.
 
As for competing, each ensemble has the opportunity perform in either a competitive or non-competitive class.  There are no ratings, however at the end of the evening the top 4 ensembles in each division will be announced.  A full recap sheet of competitive groups will be released at the end of the festival.  Non-competitive groups will obviously not be included on that recap.
 
To enhance your NJF experience, we will be announcing some optional added events during the weekend in Philadelphia!  This info will be coming soon!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

HOTEL INFORMATION

There are many hotels in Center City Philadelphia that would be happy to serve your needs.  Below is some helpful information on hotels near the Pennsylvania Convention Center in no particular order:
 
Hilton Garden Inn Center City 
1100 Arch St. (1 min walk to convention center)
Contact Laiya Skinner at 215-701-5606 or Laiya.Skinner@hilton.com for group rates of 10+ rooms
 
 
 
Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel
1225 Vine St. (4 min walk to convention center)
Contact Ronald DiAngelo at 215-496-2700 or ronald.diangelo@starboardmgtllc.com for group rates of 10+ rooms 
 
 
 
Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center
1201 Race St. (1 min walk to convention center)
Contact Ronald DiAngelo at 215-496-2700 or ronald.diangelo@starboardmgtllc.com for group rates of 10+ rooms 
 
 
 
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market St. (3 min walk to convention center)
Contact Kate Carkin at 781-350-1098 or katelyn.carkin@marriott.com for group rates of 10+ rooms
 
 
 
Hampton Inn
1301 Race St. (2 min walk to convention center)
Direct link to a group booking rate of $169.00 per double with breakfast and WiFi included. Email or call Courtney Stone with questions at Courtney.stone@hhmlp.com or 267-765-1104:

SCHEDULE

The itinerary for the day is quite simple.  There will be performances throughout the day and in the evening there will be the awards ceremony and the winning ensembles will have the option to perform.  Performances will begin as early as 8:30am and the awards are scheduled for 6:00pm.  In addition there will be various masterclasses and performances from various college and pro ensembles in addition to the many high schools from around the country performing in their respective categories.  The full schedule with exact performance times will be released in early January.
 
As for competing, each ensemble has the opportunity perform in either a competitive or non-competitive class.  There are no ratings, however at the end of the evening the top 4 ensembles in each division will be announce.  A full recap sheet of competitive groups will be released at the end of the festival.  Non-competitive groups will obviously not be included on that recap.
 
To enhance your NJF experience, we will be announcing some optional added events during the weekend in Philadelphia!  This info will be coming soon!