Swing Central Jazz

April 4 – 6, 2018

“This is the finest jazz festival my ensembles have ever attended.”

John Mosley, Agoura Hills, CA

Swing Central Jazz is a three-day workshop and competition with a collective approach to big band jazz instruction. Led by pianist/composer/educator Marcus Roberts, the clinician team includes a wide range of jazz educators such as Jason Marsalis, Jim Ketch (Associate Director), Rodney Whitaker and Ron Westray.
Swing Central Jazz 2018 will take place from April 4 – 6 in Savannah, GA.

Congratulations to our 2018 Finalists! 

  • Agoura High School Jazz “A” (Agoura Hills, CA) – Bob Hackett, dir.
  • Agoura High School Studio Jazz (Agoura Hills, CA) – Chad Bloom, dir.
  • Albemarle High School Jazz Ensemble (Charlottesville, VA) – Greg Thomas, dir.
  • Battle Ground High Advanced Jazz Band (Battle Ground, WA) – Greg McKelvey, dir.
  • Bloomington High School North Advanced Jazz Band (Bloomington, IN) – Janis Stockhouse, dir.
  • Byron Center High School Jazz Orchestra (Byron Center, MI) – Marc Townley, dir.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Big Band (New York, NY) – Matt Butterman, dir.
  • Newport High School Jazz I (Bellevue, WA) – Cory Edwards, dir.
  • Niceville High School Jazz Band (Niceville, FL) – Dan Wooten, dir.
  • Northview High School (Grand Rapids, MI) – Greg Wells, dir.
  • Rio Americano AM Jazz Ensemble (Sacramento, CA) – Josh Murray, dir.
  • SFJazz High School All-Stars (San Francisco, CA) – Paul Contos, dir.

Alternates: Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble (Tarpon Springs, FL) – Chris de Léon, dir.; Las Vegas Academy for the Arts Jazz Band (Las Vegas, NV) – Patrick Bowen, dir.

For more information, contact education@savannahmusicfestival.org




Sponsored by Wet Willie’s Management Corp., Georgia Public Broadcasting and Anne P. West.