Now in its 11th year, 12 of the nation’s finest high school big bands compete for cash prizes and the prestigious Faircloth Award after months of training and two full days of clinics and workshops with faculty under the direction of Marcus Roberts and Associate Director Jim Ketch. The bands play for a judging panel led by Ketch that includes Leon Anderson, Bill Peterson, Dave Stryker and Ron Westray.

Each of the 12 bands in the 2017 Swing Central Jazz Competition perform a 25-minute set for the judges.

competition Schedule

8:30 AM Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble Raleigh, NC
8:55 AM Tarpon Springs Conservatory Jazz Ensemble Tarpon Springs, FL
9:25 AM Bellevue High School Jazz I Bellevue, WA
9:50 AM Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble I Jacksonville, FL
10:25 AM Cedar Ridge High School Jazz Ensemble I Hillsborough, NC
10:50 AM Lower Moreland High School Jazz Ensemble Huntingdon Valley, PA
12:15 PM Memphis Central High School Jazz Band Memphis, TN
12:40 PM Byron Center Jazz Orchestra Byron Center, MI
1:10 PM Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble Champaign, IL
1:35 PM Thompson High School Jazz Ensemble Alabaster, AL
2:10 PM Agoura High School Jazz “A” Band Agoura Hills, CA
2:35 PM Grissom “A” Jazz Band Huntsville, AL