Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival

Thanks to all of the middle school and high school bands that participated in the 26th annual Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival. The faculty and students at the University of North Florida enjoyed working with all of the bands throughout the day. Next year's festival will take place on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015. If you are a director or if you know a director who may be interested in participating in this event for next year please contact me here.

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27th Annual Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival 

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival is respected for being a highly educational experience for its participants and the festival presents an opportunity for you and your ensemble to recieve valuable feedback as you prepare for your area Music Performance Assessment events.

Adjudications, Clinics, and Awards

You will receive recorded critiques of your ensemble's performance from the adjudicators (UNF jazz faculty members and special guests) and after each performance, the ensemble is provided a 15-minute clinic by one of the adjudicators. At the conclusion of all of the performances, awards will presented for the outstanding soloists (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm), outstanding sections (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm), outstanding middle school soloist, and the most outstanding musician of the festival. Awards will be decided by the adjudicators.

Prior to the awards ceremony, you will be treated to a special performance by the award-winning UNF Jazz Ensemble I directed by J.B. Scott.

Featured Clinician

A special guest clinician will be announced at a later date.


The Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival will feature a one-hour saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm section clinics led by UNF Jazz Faculty members. The UNF Jazz Faculty features Lynne Arriale (piano), Todd Del Giudice (saxophone), Marc Dickman (euphonium), Danny Gottlieb (drums), Barry Greene (guitar), Clarence Hines (trombone), Dennis Marks (bass) and J.B. Scott (trumpet). The UNF Jazz Faculty is an extremely talented and diverse group of international performers and educators. The group has played with and recorded with artists such as Pat Metheny, Randy Brecker, Stan Getz, Arturo Sandoval, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Paquito D’Rivera, Sarah Vaughn. Many of the faculty have published works with Mel Bay, Hudson Music, UNC Jazz Press and are endorsed by Conn-Selmer, Yamaha, Buscarino, Besson, Thomasik-Infeld, and Remo.