2022 First Annual PLU Weathermon Jazz Festival

Information about this event is currently being updated.  In its first edition, the Jazz Festival will only serve a limited number of high school jazz bands. Contact Dr. Cassio Vianna at cassio.vianna@plu.edu for more information and to reserve your slot.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Mary Baker Russell Music Center & Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Dr. Cassio Vianna, Director

The PLU Weathermon Jazz Festival is a non-competitive music event that aims to provide helpful feedback to jazz ensembles and band directors; to inspire the next generations of jazz musicians through professional concerts, clinics, and masterclasses; and to build connections in the jazz community within our region and beyond.


We are proud to announce trumpeter Greg Gisbert as our special guest this year. Greg Gisbert has firmly established himself as one of the most sought-after and well-respected artists in jazz today. He has recorded and performed with jazz greats including Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Horace Silver, Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shew, John Fedchock, Harry Connick Jr., Jim McNeely, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Nancy Wilson. He is one of the founding members of the group Convergence, as well as the founder of the Greg Gisbert Syndicate, both based in Denver, CO. Gisbert is a frequent invited guest with an array of ensembles, including the Maria Schneider and Vanguard Jazz Orchestras, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band.


  • Performance/clinic: Each school band will perform and receive notes from two clinicians, as well as a 30-minute clinic from a professional jazz educator following their performance
  • Midday Concert:  The PLU Jazz Ensemble will perform a short concert featuring guest trumpeter Greg Gisbert
  • Masterclass: Greg Gisbert will give a masterclass accompanied by the PLU Jazz Faculty, followed by Q&A
  • Clinicians: TBA