Collegiate Jazz Festival

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Location: Dahnke Ballroom, Duncan Student Center (View on map )

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​​​​​​The Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival is the oldest and most prestigious jazz festival in the nation with a rich history of great collegiate bands, and a long line of incredible judges. The event brings together collegiate bands from across the nation to perform in a non-competitive setting. A group of world-class, professional jazz musicians judge the college bands and top off the evening with the famous “Judges’ Jam” performance. It is our honor to host so many worthy bands and judges once again this upcoming spring. Join us in celebrating a festival of America's original art form in this truly unique campus event.

College jazz groups performing at CJF are the Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Octet, Alma College Percussion Ensemble, Roosevelt University Large Jazz Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble, Columbia College Fusion Ensemble, Texas State University Jazz Ensemble, Bethel University Jazz Ensemble, and University of Notre Dame Jazz Band 1. 

Tickets will be $5 for each night (students still free with ID).

Preview Night: Thursday, 2/20 (first-floor Hagerty Café, Duncan Student Center)

2020 Festival Dates: Friday, 2/21 and Saturday, 2/22 (schedule of events link)

For questions regarding CJF, please contact: Professor Larry Dwyer ( or Mr. Matt Merten (

Free parking is available in the nearby Notre Dame Stadium parking lots.