UW-Platteville Jazz Festival FAQ

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HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST ME TO PARTICIPATE AND WHAT IF I PARTICIPATE IN MULTIPLE ENSEMBLES?

The entry fee is $175 per large ensemble (10+) and $100 per jazz combo (2-9). These fees are based on the time spent on each ensemble, and the sessions we are offering. If a student were to participate in both a big band and a combo, their experience would include;

  • a 50 minute master class on their instrument
  • a 50 minute improvisation session
  • a 50 minute session/clinic with their combo
  • a 50 minute session/clinic with their big band
  • a chance to participate in a jam session

If you have 20 people in your jazz band and 5 in your combo the total cost would be $275 or $11 per student per ensemble. (275 / 25 = 11)

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED TO BRING?

UW-Platteville will supply:

  • Basic 5-piece drumset - NO cymbals or drumsticks
  • Piano (piano amp)
  • Music stands and chairs
  • Vibraphone/Marimba – upon request (be sure to notify me prior)

You need to bring:

  • Cymbals (including hit-hat)
  • Percussion sticks/mallets
  • Amplification for bass/guitar
  • Auxiliary percussion

WHERE CAN MY GROUP WARM UP AND/OR STORE CASES?

Your CLINIC SITE is your WARM-UP site. Sorry, but directors and students must make provisions to store equipment on buses or in personal vehicles. UW-Platteville Jazz Fest provides no storage facilities, no homerooms, no warm-up spaces, and no security lock-up areas for equipment. There are a number of practice rooms that will be available located in Doudna in the same hallway as the other Doudna venues. There is also a larger practice room 175B available for warming up in Doudna

WHAT WILL THE INSTRUMENTAL BIG BAND CLINICIAN DO WITH MY GROUP?

Each group will spend 50 minutes with a single clinician. The first portion of your hour can be spent warming up your ensemble or perhaps you would like the Clinician to warm up the group for you. Clinicians will critique your prepared charts for 30-60 minutes, with the option of spending a portion of the clinic teaching your group a jazz composition totally by ear, focusing upon aural training and improvisation. If you have nothing prepared to bring to the UW-Platteville Jazz Fest, you can have your clinician introduce your ensemble to a selection of your choice (bring score and parts with you) or spend your entire hour on aural training and improvisation. Some directors may choose to have the clinician focus upon the improvisational sections of charts they're planning to perform during the year.

WHAT WILL THE COMBO CLINICIAN DO WITH MY GROUP?

You have 2 options. First, you can have your combo bring prepared jazz selections (jazz standards or jazz compositions from lead sheets/fake books/published combo charts or transcribed by ear from recordings) for your clinician to critique. For schools that wish to form a combo but haven't yet done so, directors are encouraged to select a combo from their big band personnel and have the clinician show the group how to get started, how to rehearse the ensemble, and what they should strive to accomplish during the year as a group. In both cases, you have the option of having the clinician teach your group a tune aurally, emphasizing ear training, improvisation, and group interaction.

MY ENSEMBLE DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING PREPARED TO PERFORM. WHAT MUSIC SHOULD WE BRING?

Bring the score and parts to 1-2 charts that you're planning to perform with your group during the school year. Let your clinician begin teaching them to your ensemble during your group session. Another option for instrumental ensembles: Have your clinician spend your entire session focusing upon improvisation and aural training.

HOW CAN I FURTHER INCORPORATE UW-PLATTEVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES INTO MY ENSEMBLE PREPARATIONS?

Find and study compositions recorded by the featured UW-Platteville Jazz Festival evening concert artists that you can perform with your ensemble. Emulate their recordings. Teach their tunes to your combos by ear. Give your pupils an historical sense of how these renowned jazz artists fit into the evolution of the jazz artform.

WHAT SHOULD I PLAN FOR MY GROUP TO DO WHEN THEY ARE NOT PERFORMING?

Always encourage your students to attend the clinic sessions of other school groups and soloists. Everyone is free to attend any session that they choose during the daytime events. They can also go to the student center for food. ATTEND PERFORMANCES BY THE UW-PLATTEVILLE STUDENT JAZZ COMBOS AND JAZZ ENSEMBLES IN THE PIONEER HAUS OF THE STUDENT CENTER. ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENTS TO BRING THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND PARTICIPATE THE "OPEN JAM SESSION" IN THE PIONEER HAUS FROM 3:30 TO 4:30 -- FREE AND OPEN TO ALL FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS.

ARE EVENING CONCERT TICKETS GUARANTEED FOR STUDENTS AND DIRECTORS PARTICIPATING IN THE EDUCATIONAL CLINICS?

No. You must order the evening concert tickets separately. The evening concerts typically sell out quickly, so be sure to order them soon.

ARE CHAPERONES, ENSEMBLE PARENTS, AND BUS DRIVERS FREE TO ATTEND OUR CLINIC SESSIONS AND DAYTIME SHOWCASE CONCERTS?

Yes – at no charge.

 

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