State Junior High Jazz Festival

2018 State UMEA Jr. High Jazz Band Festival

February 22, 2018
Skyridge high School
Lehi, Utah







Fees: $50 application fee per band; $200 participation fee per band, if selected to perform.
You must pay the application fee and participation fees seperately.

Enter the amount you want to pay for Jr. High Jazz Band Application fees ($50 each band):


Enter the amount you want to pay for State Jr. High Jazz Band Participation fees ($200 each band):


2018 Festival Adjudicators



Roosevelt Griffin III
Dr. Roosevelt Griffin III is President and CEO of the Griffin Institute of Performing Arts (NFP) where the transformative abilities of the arts are used to transform the lives of students and families throughout southern Cook County and beyond. He is the director of bands for Harvey School District 152 where he and his students have received international acclaim for excellence in music education. Dr. Griffin is also the elementary youth ensemble director for the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
Some of Dr. Griffin's most notable performances as an educator include performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Buddy Guy's Legends, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, Jazz Education Network's International Conference, Auditorium Theater, ASCD International Conference, and the Chicago Jazz Showcase.
Before becoming a full-time teacher, Dr. Griffin worked with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Luciano Pavarotti, Diana Ross, and Jimmy Heath. He is often invited to present at conferences and workshops for music education, including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, The Jazz Institute of Chicago, The Jazz Educators Network, The Missouri Music Educators Association, Illinois Music Educators Association, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College, and Prairie State College. He and his students have also been featured in Downbeat and JazzEd magazines for obtaining an endorsement with Jody Jazz Mouthpieces. He recently co-authored the latest addition to GIA Publication’s TMTP series, "Teaching Music Through Performance: Beginning Jazz Ensembles."

2017 Jazz Educator of the Year, The Jazz Institute of Chicago 2017 Grammy Award for Best Music Educator: Semi Finalist ,Grammy Foundation and Recording Academy 2015 Most Outstanding Alumni College of Visual and Performing Arts Northern Illinois University 2015 Jefferson Award, Public Service: Educator Jefferson Foundation, Thornton Township District 205 Ambassadors 2014 Golden Apple Award, Excellence in Teaching Golden Apple Foundation 2014 “Roosevelt Griffin Ave.” A street in Harvey, IL was renamed "Roosevelt Griffin III Ave." honoring exemplary work in music education. 2012 Excellence in Education Award, Harvey Education Foundation





Julius Tolentino
Julius Tolentino has experience of being both a performing jazz musician and an educator. Over the last several years he has conducted the New Jersey Region I Jazz Band, was a guest performer and clinician with the Horne School of Music at Snow College in Utah, and has been a guest clinician/adjudicator with Jazz at Lincoln Center throughout the United States (CT, VA, PA, WI, NY). More recently he had the pleasure of conducting the Massachusetts All State Jazz Band at Boston Symphony Hall and at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Julius Tolentino has been in the New York jazz scene for over 15 years. He has played with numerous small groups and big bands including Louis Haye's Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band and Quartet, Eric Reed’s Sextet, Jeremy Pelt's Quintet, Natalie Cole, Wycliffe Gordon, Connie Francis, Gloria Gaynor, the Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Christian McBride Big Band, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Mr. Tolentino has played in the top jazz venues and festivals in the US, which includes Avery Fisher Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, the Village Vanguard, Birdland, Blue Note, the Jazz Standard and Dizzy's Coca Cola. As a leader his debut cd "Just the Beginning" on the Sharp Nine label peaked at #8 on the jazz charts in 2006. As a Vandoren, P Mauriat and RS Berklee artist he has conducted region and all state jazz bands and has been a guest artist/clinician for numerous summer jazz programs. He has served as NJAJE Region I President from 2009-2011. He is currently the Director of Large Ensembles at Jazz House Kids and is the Jazz Director at Newark Academy where he conducts six jazz ensembles.













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