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TJYBF logoSac. State


(11th annual)
Sat., Feb. 13, 2016

8:00am – 6:45pm
Eve. concert  7:00pm


Sac. State University
Capistrano Hall

6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA




Friday Jam Session

"Jazz Sunday" concert




college student




CSUS band








Mike Vax with student




The Trad. Jazz Youth Band Festival is an all-day festival dedicated to the performance and teaching of traditional jazz, with combo bands performing non-competitively.

Every combo receives feedback and lead-sheet clinics following its performance.

Also included: an optional Friday evening (pre-festival) Clinicians-mentored jam session, Saturday Jazz Clinics, noon Jazz 'n' Pizza, evening Showcase & Awards concert, plus admission to the STJS "Jazz Sunday" at the Elks Lodge #6 (Riverside Blvd. & Florin Rd.). 



TJYBF is believed to be the only scholastic festival for Dixieland or traditional jazz, and is open to school bands, jazz club-sponsored bands, and independent youth bands.

Anyone may purchase a festival pass to attend performances. For 2016, we welcome
WYCLIFFE GORDON (trombone/trumpet/tuba/vocal)
as our guest clinician.

Click here to download the Qualifications info and the two necessary forms: Registration, and Tune Selection / Combo Personnel (PDF format).

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The TJYBF presents student ensembles playing traditional (trad) jazz. The term “traditional jazz” as used here means the various styles of New Orleans jazz and their outgrowths, encompassing styles sometimes called Dixieland, classic jazz, hot jazz, Chicago style, San Francisco style, etc. A hallmark of traditional jazz is the New Orleans tradition of several wind instruments playing polyphonically, i.e., ensemble improvisation. These styles are described in detail in the Style Guide on the Traditional Jazz Educators Network web site.
Recordings in these styles are available at no charge from the Traditional Jazz Educators Network. A listing may be found at the TJEN Resource Library.

Bands accepted to perform at the TJYBF must meet all criteria:
• All band members are younger than 22 years of age — unless enrolled in 6 college credits or more.
• Perform in one or more of the styles described in the Style Guide.
• No more than 9 musicians perform at a time. (This criterion is imposed because traditional jazz is a set of small-group styles; large groups lose the ability to weave meaningful improvised ensemble counterpoint.)



Preparation Resources

The Traditional Jazz Educators Network (TJEN) maintains a comprehensive listing of commercially-available traditional jazz resources, including arrangements, transcriptions, lead sheets/“fake” books, play-along sets, method books, web sites and the like. TJEN also maintains a Resource Library of such materials that it makes available to educators at no charge.
Creative T’s and Things has a collection of lead sheets (in Concert C treble clef) for 100 “standard” traditional jazz tunes, which will be available for $15 per binder.
Lead sheet tunes may be downloaded from the STJS Trad Jazz Camp website.
Yet another resource is at creolejazzband.com/Fake Books

Click here for LEAD SHEETS
organized by difficulty (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced).  



Performance Times

When planning your program, please keep in mind that your performance time slot includes entry, set-up, announcements, performance, and exit. We recommend that you program only enough music to allow at least 5-7 minutes for entering and exiting the stage. Thanks for being considerate of others' time.



Noon Pizza Jam

The Jazz 'n' Pizza jam session for student musicians will take place at 12 noon. Festival clinicians and selected STJS Gold Card musicians will host jam sets for students and band directors. Our Hospitality Committee will provide will provide the lunches (Round Table Pizza).



Friday Jam Session with Clinicians

As a pre-festival warmup, there's an open jam session on Friday night where festival participants can sit-in with the clinicians in front of an audience at Round Table Pizza (9138 Kiefer Blvd., Sac. - see JAM map). 6–8:30pm. NOTE: Final location is subject to change.



STJS "Jazz Sunday"

STJS will present the all-star CLINICIANS BAND and other artists at "Jazz Sunday," the monthly meeting of the STJS (Sac. Trad. Jazz Society), taking place the day after the youth festival.  Admission to "Jazz Sunday" at the ELKS Lodge #6 is by donation:
$8 members; $10 non-members.
(age 12-20):
$5 members; non-members $7. Under 12: free.
Pay at the door.



Free Parking

All festival events will take place in Capistrano Hall.  Vehicles can be parked on the student side of Parking Structure #1, adjacent to Capistrano Hall.  After student drop off, buses may park in Student Lot 8, or Faculty/Staff Lot 1.  Please refer to the Sac State map for locations. Parking is free and open to the public on the day of the festival.



December 3, 2015 at
Sac. Yacht Club
"Up Close and Personal" is a special TJYBF fundraising event organized by Ron & Patti Jones.
Special guest artist:
 View info video.


Festival Divisions                    

Individual musicians will be eligible for over $4,500 of merit awards and scholarships:
1. Elementary/Middle School Division: For bands consisting of students from elementary school through eighth grade.
2. High School Division: For bands consisting of students from a single high school (grades 9-12).
3. College Division: For bands consisting of students (each of whom is enrolled in at least 6 credits regardless of age) from a single college or university campus.
4. Jazz Club/Private/Other Division*: For bands that draw from more than one school. Bands in this division may be affiliated with a jazz society, private instructor, or may be self-directed.

(* Now that the festival is a non-competitive event, depending on the number of these bands enrolled in a given year, Jazz Club/Private Bands will be placed into a grade-level performance venue based on the current grade level of the band's eldest musician.)



Jason Wanner watches a piano student



Festival Passes & Concert TICKETS

$12 AT-THE-DOOR tickets:
Band families (including parents), chaperones, and the general public may purchase all-events festival passes for $12 at the door.
General Admission includes the evening Clinicans Concert.
No admission charge for students 21 and under with school ID.

$10 ADVANCE tickets:
Beginning in November, tickets may be purchased for $10 at the STJS Office, and from Ticket Chairperson Kathy Becker at Jazz Sunday concerts.
(916) 635-7224 or Jazzgal57@att.net
NOTE: Advance-ticket buyers will be entered into drawings for Red Lobster dinner-for-two.
Please make checks payable to STJSF and specify TJYBF on the memo line, then mail to STJS (allow 2 weeks for delivery).






Festival & Event MAPS

For visitor information, campus parking map, and driving directions to Sacramento State University: http://itweb.csus.edu/map/
  Click here to visit the MAP page of this website to view and download other maps that include Sac. State and the ELKS Lodge #6 (for "Jazz Sunday").
  All events will take place in Capistrano Hall. Parking passes will be provided for complimentary parking, all day Saturday, in the parking structure directly in front of Capistrano Hall.



Campus Dining

These food vendors will be open Sat. in the nearby Univ. Union:
Burger King Exp., 11am-2pm
• Da Deli
, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m
• Dreyer’s Hornet Creamery, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m
• EcoGrounds, 8am – 6p.m.
Gordito Burrito, 8am-3pm
• Panda Express, 11:00am–2pm
Round Table Pizza at the Hive, 11am-7pm
• Subway (Bkstr) , 11am–3:00 pm
Please note: Hours of operation are seasonal and subject to change.





Nearby Restaurants

The following nearby restaurants offer good and affordable meals:
Jack's Urban Eats - 2535 Fair Oaks Blvd. (Loehmann's Plaza)
Applebee's - 2024 Arden Way
(next door to Vagabond)
Mimi's Cafe - 2029 Alta Arden
JJ North's Grand Buffet -
1030 Howe Ave.
Chevy's Fresh Mex -
1234 Howe Ave.
• El Patron Mex. Rest. 65th & Folsom Blvd.
El Torito Mexican Rest. & Cantina - 1212 Howe Ave.
Mongolian Bar B-Q by
Great Wall - 1537 Howe Ave.
Hoppy Brewing Company -
6300 Folsom Blvd
Giovanni’s Pizzeria -
6200 Folsom Blvd.
Dos Coyotes Border Café -
65th & Folsom Blvd.
Jamba Juice - 65th & Folsom Bl.
Macaroni Grill - Alta Arden Exp
• Strings Italian Café, 65th & Folsom Blvd. .





—  Registration Form must
be accompanied by the
Tune Selection and Combo Personnel form.
(Download PDFs now.)

Students (age 21 and under) with school ID admitted FREE to the festival and/or evening concert.



Registration Form                  

Click here to download the necessary forms (Application, and Tune Selection) in PDF format.
Please register as early as possible. We will try to meet scheduling preferences based on the date of registration and receipt of your registration fee. TJYBF staff will accept registrations until the festival is full.


DEADLINE for registration: December 15.
Registration is $150.
LATE Registration is $200 on a
space-available basis until
Jan. 3rd.



Band Registration Fee

The registration fee for the TJYBF is $150. This fee includes:
• All-events festival access for directors and individual band members.
• Complimentary pizza lunch for band directors.
• Adjudicated performances. (Piano, bass/guitar amps and drums/cymbals provided.)
• Feedback clinic based on performance. (Piano, amps and drums provided.)
• Complimentary admission to the noontime Jazz ‘n’ Pizza mentored jam. ($5 for pizza meal.)
Jazz Workshop with NY trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.
• Friday evening, clinican-led jam session.
• Scholarship/Award Presentation and Command Performances.
• Evening Showcase featuring 2016 Guest Artist Wycliffe Gordon and the all-star Clinicians Band.
• Complimentary admission for each band director, band student, and one parent to the next-day STJS Jazz Sunday (at the Riverside Elks Lodge #6)
with the all-star Clinicians Band:
Greg Varlotta (tpt), Bob Draga (cl), Joe Midiri (cl/sax), Paul Midiri (vbs/tbn), Eddie Erickson (bnj/gtr), Jason Wanner (p), Shelley Denny (b), Ron Jones (dr).
• Group band photos available for purchase.
• Instrument Check..
• Online links to traditional jazz lead sheets for each band director.




Registration-fee refunds will be given if the festival is cancelled by Sac State Jazz Studies or STJS. Participant-initiated cancellations must be received before January 3rd and will be subject to a $25 processing fee.



New for 2016

• Jazz Workshop with
Wycliffe Gordon.

More info to be announced.



Travel & Accommodations

Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to be working in conjunction with the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society and can assist you with your hotel, transportation, dining and sightseeing needs for the festival. Please contact Tourism Sales Manager Linda Eldred at 916-808-8989; or e-mail her at leldred@cityofsacramento.org




Trad Jazz Youth Band Festival (TJYBF)   •   Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Foundation(STJSF)
P.O. Box 661763 •  Sacramento, CA  95866
(916) 444-2004  •  E-mail: youthbandfest@sacjazz.org