NMU Jazz Festival

UPDATE--March 13,2020-Due to the risk of spreading the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus, the 2020 NMU Jazz Festival has been canceled.


Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, April 22-24, 2020

Featuring Mike Tomaro!

Mike_Tomaro.jpgGeneral Information

The 2020 NMU Jazz Festival will be held on the beautiful campus of Northern Michigan University on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, April 22-24.  High school and middle school jazz bands and combos in the region are invited to participate. There is a $250 entry fee for each participating ensemble (additional ensembles from the same school can register for $100).  Space is limited.  The registration deadline is Friday, March 6, 2020.  Click HERE for more information and printable (PDF) registration materials.

This year's festival will feature saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, composer, arranger, and educator Mike Tomaro, who has been the Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA since 1997.  He is a former member of the Army Blues jazz ensemble, and he has four nationally released recordings under his own name that showcase his talents as both a player and a writer.  Tomaro's music has been performed by artists such as Nancy Wilson, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, Ernie Watts, Bobby Shew, New York Voices, Allen Vizzutti, and many more. Doug Beach Music, Hal Leonard Publications, and Walrus Music have published over one hundred of his compositions and arrangements. In addition, Tomaro recently co-authored the textbook Instrumental Jazz Arranging: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide (Hal Leonard Publications) with his long-time mentor, Dr. John Wilson. This book has been internationally recognized as one of the prime resources on this subject.

We are very pleased that Mike Tomaro will be joining us for the NMU Jazz Festival this year in Marquette, and we are particularly excited that he will be writing a new piece that will be premiered by the NMU Jazz Band at this event!