Jazz Festival

The Villanova Jazz Festival provides local high school and college jazz ensembles with an opportunity to compete and share musical experiences with one another. In some years students also get the opportunity to learn from some of the most noted jazz musicians in the nation. Most Jazz Festivals have one or more concerts by jazz greats who at past festivals have included Randy Brecker, Denis Diblasio, Jon Faddis, Ellis Marsallis, Lew Tabackin, Nestor Torres, Allen Vizzutti, and Maynard Ferguson. 

2014 marks the 53rd Annual Villanova Jazz Festival.

The festival schedule is shown below.  For more information contact Bill Whitaker, Jazz Festival Director.  All events are held in the Connelly Center, Villanova Room.

  • March 28, 2014 - Collegiate Combos
    • Villanova Jazz Quartet, 7pm
    • University of Massachusetts #1, 7:30pm
    • Norfolk State, 8pm
    • Penn State, 8:30
    • University of Massachusetts #2, 9pm
    • Awards, 9:30pm
  • March 29, 2014 - Big Bands, Workshop & Jam Session, Featured Evening Concert
    • Collegiate Big Band Festival
      • Introductions & Festival Opening, noon
      • Ashland, 12:30pm
      • Norfolk State, 1pm
      • Johns Hopkins, 1:30pm
      • Central Connecticut, 2pm
      • Norfok State, 2:30pm
      • U Mass, 3pm
      • College Jam Session, 4pm
      • Awards 4:45pm
    • Evening Concert performances will feature the 1st place College Combo followed by the top three college jazz bands, 7:30pm
      • Tickets for the public are available at the door.   Villanova Students are free with a valid ID.
  • March 30, 2014 - High School Jazz Bands
    • Welcome, noon
    • Pope John Paul II, High School, 12:30pm
    • Neshaminy #1, 1pm
    • Cherry Hill East, 1:30pm
    • Neshaminy #2, 2pm
    • Pennsbury, 2:30pm
    • Brian Pastor Big Band, 3:30pm
    • Awards, 4:15pm
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Past Villanova Jazz Festivals Participants

Recent participants have included:

Colleges/Universities

Ashland University
Boston University
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Central Connecticut State
Grove City College
Johns Hopkins University
LaSalle University
Millersville University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina Central University
Penn State
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
St. Joseph's University
SUNY Oswego
Temple University
US Naval Academy Band
University of the Arts
University of Maryland Baltimore County
University of Massachusetts
University of North Carolina
Westfield State University
Yale University

High Schools

Cherry High High School East
Lower Merion High School
Mamaroneck High School
Neshaminy High School
North Penn High School
Pennsbury High School
Pope John Paul II High School
Radnor High School
Saucon Valley High School
Springfield High School (Montgomery Cty, PA)
State College Area High School
West Philadelphia Catholic High School
Xavier High School

More Information

Driving Directions

* RegistrationForm.pdf
2014 Registration Form as a pdf
* RegistrationForm.doc
2014 Registration Form in Word