State Junior High Jazz Festival

The new State Junior High Jazz Festival will be held February 23, 2017 at Skyridge High School in Lehi, Utah.
Application must be postmarked by January 13, 2017

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 State Jr. High Jazz Application fees ($50 each band):

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

Ronald Carter and Luis Piccinelli join Adjudication Team for the 1st Annual UMEA Junior High Jazz Festival

Luis Piccinelli

Mr. Luis Piccinelli is the Director of Instrumental Music at Coral Springs Middle School, a position he has held since 2007. Mr. Piccinelli's responsibilities include conducting the Advanced Band, the Intermediate Band, Beginning Bands, the Marching Band, and two Jazz Ensembles. From 2010-2015, Mr. Piccinelli also managed and organized the Winter Guard/Color Guard program that under his supervision has won numerous awards and championships. Also, under Mr. Piccinelli's direction, the CSMS Orchestras and Bands have consistently received Superior ratings at the Florida Orchestra/Bandmasters district music performance assessments, and were recognized as a State program of excellence by being invited to perform at the 2013 State music convention in Tampa. Mr. Piccinelli was selected as the 2013 Teacher of the Year at CSMS, and in the same year the membership of the Florida Bandmaster's Association voted him the winner of the prestigious 2013 Tom Bishop Award honoring him for building one of the finest programs in the State after taking over a program on the verge of being cancelled. Mr. Piccinelli has built one of the top Middle School Jazz Band programs in the country! In December of 2014 his Jazz Band performed at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL. Mr. Mr. Piccinelli's Jazz Band has also won Best Middle School Band in 2016 at the Lakeside Jazz Festival which hosts about 60 Jazz Bands from around the state. In September of 2016 the CSMS Jazz Band won the Mark of Excellence award given by the Foundation for Music Education. In January 2017 the CSMS will be performing at the Florida Music Educators Association state conference in Tampa, FL.

Mr. Piccinelli received a Bachelor's Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Miami (FL). He has performed as soloist with the University of Miami Wind Ensemble under the Direction of Gary Green, and in 2004 Mr. Piccinelli won a job for the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. His professional affiliations include memberships with the Florida Bandmaster's Association, Florida Music Educator's Association, Broward County Band Director's Association, International Clarinet Association, and the Florida Orchestra Association. Mr. Piccinelli also runs a summer music camp that annually serves about 200 students from the community, teaches private lessons, and implemented an innovative After School Elementary Beginning Band program that offers band instruction to students in 3rd-5th grade.

In February of 2014 Mr. Piccinelli married his wife Angelica and they now reside in Coral Springs, Florida.

Ronald Carter

Ronald Carter, the former director of the world-renowned Northern Illinois University (NIU) Jazz Ensemble and former Director of Jazz Studies is continuing to educate students in jazz education and performance in university, high school middle school and performing arts schools and campuses across the country, South America and Canada.

As an educator, Carter has presented workshops as guest conductor, artist, clinician, or adjudicator at Michigan State University, Georgia State University, Western Illinois University, University of Northern Colorado, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Southern Illinois University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Northern Illinois University, Hampton University, Loyola University, Coe College, Augustana College, Vander Cook College of Music, and Georgia State College, and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. He has performed, conducted and presented clinics at regional, national, and international conferences, and directed all-state jazz bands in Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky, Vermont, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Washington.

Carter, who worked 18 years in the East St. Louis School District as the former director of the Lincoln Senior High School Jazz Band, also performed professionally in the St. Louis metropolitan area as a freelance musician on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and as a vocalist. He co-directed the group Infiniti and performed with the legendary George Hudson Orchestra. Carter has also performed professionally with Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, The Jimmy Dorsey Band, Wallace Roney, The Temptations, The Dells, Oliver Lake, Hamiett Bluiett, Leon Thomas, Art Davis, Fareed Haque, Joseph Bowie, Frank Mantooth, Terell Stafford, Orbert Davis, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, and many others. Carter is featured on the acclaimed documentary "Chops" working with a young band participating in The Essentially Ellington Jazz Program.

An abbreviated list of his honors and awards includes Downbeat Magazine's Jazz Educators Hall of Fame, The Woody Herman Music Award (Birch Creek Music Center), The 1991 Milken National Distinguished Educator Award, Southern Illinois University Excellence in Teaching Award, and the St. Louis American Newspaper's Excellence in Teaching Award and Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees Professorship.

Carter's current projects includes International Consultant for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York; Lead Artist for the Jazz At Lincoln Center Band Director's Academy; Co-Author for Alfred Publications "Swingin’ On The Bars", and author of GIA Music Publications "Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz – Books I and Book II" and "Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz For Beginning Ensembles."

Carter is currently an artist for Conn-Selmer Inc. and D'Addario Woodwinds –(Rico Reeds)

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Bateman, (Festival Chairman) or Dave Faires, (UMEA Junior High Vice President).

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