PLU Northwest Jazz Honor Band

Announcing the 2019 Honor Jazz Band

In its fifth year, the PLU Honor Jazz Band will feature music performed by the finest high school musicians from the Northwest. These outstanding students are recommended for participation in the event by their band directors and the concert is a culmination of a day of intense rehearsals and workshops with PLU jazz faculty and guest artists.

The concert will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019, in Eastvold Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University, featuring saxophonist Dr. Tom Bergeron as guest soloist.

ABOUT THE EVENT: By participating in the Honor Jazz Band, you will experience a day of intense learning, meaningful music-making, and a lot of fun! Here’s what we have prepared for you:

  • Workshops with professional jazz musicians on a variety of themes, including Brazilian jazz and improvisation
  • Jam sessions
  • The Jazz Honor Band will premiere a piece commissioned especially for the event
  • Every high school program represented in the Honor Jazz Band will receive a copy of the newly composed piece
  • Concert featuring saxophonist Dr. Tom Bergeron as a guest artist

2019 Honor Band Schedule

ABOUT THE HONOR JAZZ BAND: The Honor Jazz Band will be composed of approximately twenty student jazz musicians fulfilling the standard big band instrumentation of five saxophones (aattb), four to five trumpets, four to five trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Auxiliary percussion and vibraphone will be considered. Honor Jazz Band students are selected based on nominations from their high school band directors.

HOW TO NOMINATE STUDENTS: Band directors – Please recommend your outstanding student musicians for participation by using this link:


Criteria for nomination should include:

  1. Current high school-level student
  2. All-State, All-Northwest, all regions, etc.
  3. Serious students in your program that have already achieved success in music.

We ask that before nominating a student, please check with each student concerning his or her availability for Saturday, January 19, 2019. Nominations are now open, you may find the nomination form and all the application materials here. Nominations must be received by November 2, 2018. Directors should list players on the nomination form in prioritized order based on ability. There is a participant fee of $55 (also covers lunch) for each student participating in the Honor Band. In addition to the nomination form, each nominated student is required to submit a recording performing the required audition piece(s) – check “instructions” for details regarding the required piece(s). This audio recording should be sent as an email attachment directly to Dr. Cassio Vianna at by November 2, 2018. The audition materials and submission instructions are available for download here.

Students will be contacted based on your nomination information (see on-line nomination form), the audition recording, and special consideration for balanced instrumentation. If the student is accepted, we will use the email contact information you provide to notify him or her with an acceptance notification by November 26, 2018. The acceptance notification will include a link to the registration and fee form. This fee includes lunch on Saturday and a PLU Jazz Honor Band t-shirt. The fee and registration form are due by December 7, 2018.

2019 Honor Jazz Band registration form

The participants will be sent a PDF file of the music to be prepared for the honor jazz bands and a schedule for the day by December 4, 2018. There will be a concert on Saturday, January 19, 2019. It will be in Eastvold Auditorium at the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the Pacific Lutheran University campus, at 5 p.m. There will be no tickets for the concert. Admission is free. It will be recorded and streamed live from the PLU School of Arts and Communication website. A link to the video of the concert will be sent out to all participating students and their band directors within two weeks after the event.