2018 Honor Jazz Band

The 2018 Honor Jazz Band has been PUT ON HIATUS.  Please see us next year for further information.

Karen Hille Phillips Center of Performing Arts

David Deacon-Joyner, Director

The PLU Honor Jazz Band is open by nomination by high schools.  The students work with a well known jazz clinician as they prepare to perform a final concert.


David Deacon-Joyner - Director of Jazz Studies

David Deacon-Joyner

David Deacon-Joyner is Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, mentored by jazz piano great James Williams. He studied composition with Donald Freund and Jonathan Kramer, and ethnomusicology with David Evans. Dr. Deacon-Joyner came to western Washington from the University of North Texas in Denton, where he held the position of Associate Professor of Jazz Studies from 1986 to 2000. He received his Bachelors degree in composition and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Memphis, and his master’s degree in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Deacon-Joyner has served as a clinician and adjudicator at festivals and workshops in Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Idaho, and Washington. He was the lead instructor for the Great Basin Jazz Camp from 2008-2012, and is a member of the steering committee for The Seattle Jazz Experience. A scholar in jazz and popular music, he has written numerous published articles and books, including a chapter for The Cambridge History of American Music and the third edition of his history text American Popular Music, published by McGraw-Hill. He has free-lanced for over thirty years in the Memphis, Cincinnati, and Dallas/Fort Worth areas. He has performed with jazz artists such as Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Marc Johnson, Ed Soph, and others. Deacon-Joyner is a professional vocalist in both studio and live settings, and is a composer and arranger. He arranged big band charts for Jeff Coffin, saxophonist with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, published by UNC Press. He has also composed works for choir, orchestra, and wind ensemble.


Nomination Process

Please click here to submit your nominations for the 2017 Honor Jazz Band Event: nomination form

High school directors please use this link to our on-line nomination form to recommend students you would like to participate in the 2016 Honor Jazz Band.

Nomination deadline: October 30, 2016.
We ask that before nominating a student, please check with each student concerning his or her availability.

In addition to the nomination form, each nominated student is required to submit a recording performing the audition piece sent by email to the band directors.  This recording should be sent as an email attachment directly to David Deacon Joyner at joynerdl@plu.edu by October 30, 2016.

Northwest High School Honor Jazz Band
Pacific Lutheran University
Department of Music
Tacoma, WA 98447

Fax Number: 253/535-8669
E-mail: joynerdl@plu.edu

Audition Materials

Rhythm Section: Winds
Rhythm Section: Bass
Rhythm Section: Drums
Rhythm Section: Guitar and Piano


High school students who are accepted to participate in the 2017 Northwest High School Jazz Band will receive confirmation around November 7th through their high school director.

Confirmation: Please complete the order form above, print it, and mail it with your remittance to PLU by December 19th. Thank you.

Participant fees: $55 (non-refundable) / Deadline: December 19, 2016.


JANUARY 21, 2017


Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Eastvold Auditorium

No tickets required.