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. 

2016 marks the 55th Annual Villanova Jazz Festival.

For more information contact Bill Whitaker, Jazz Festival Director.  In 2016, all events will be held in St. Mary's Hall Chapel, at the corner of County Line & Spring Mill Roads.

The general schedule is shown below.   Times may be adjusted based on number of participating bands.  

High School Festival - Friday evening, March 11

  • High School Jazz Bands
  • Clinic with guest artist
  • Awards

Collegiate Festival - Saturday, March 12  [times are approximate]

  • Collegiate Big Band Competition, 1:30-4pm 
  • College Jam, 4pm
  • Awards, 5pm
  • Evening Concert, 7:30pm   ($10 tickets available at the door)
    • First Place Combo
    • Villanova Jazz Band
    • Top Three College Bands

Past Villanova Jazz Festivals Participants

Recent participants have included:


Ashland University
Boston University
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Central Connecticut State
Frostburg 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

* RegistrationForm2016.pdf
2016 Registration Form as a pdf
* RegistrationForm2016.doc
2016 Registration Form in Word