Mason Jazz Festival

Mason Jazz Festival Postponed to March 2


The Mason Jazz Festival is an invitational event open to middle school, high school, collegiate and community Jazz ensembles. This festival will take place Saturday, March 2, 2024 on the George Mason University Fairfax campus.

Sponsored by Mason Jazz Studies participating groups will perform a 20-30 minute set, followed by a clinic by Mason Jazz faculty and special guests.

The participation fee is $250 per ensemble and spots are limited.

The festival will include:

  • 3 “Outstanding Soloist” (cash prizes) and
  • 4 “Best Section” awards, as well as scholarships to the Mason Jazz Camp, summer 2024.
  • New this year – Live performance recordings for Band Directors.

Festival Performances in Harris Theatre

Enjoy performances by the Mason Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jim Carroll, Hot Lanes Big Band, directed by Bobby Jasinksi, JazzWorx Big Band, directed by Bill Schnepper, and a special Mason Jazz Faculty All-Star Concert."

Schedule For the Day 

10:00am Yorktown High School
10:30am Walkersville High School
11:00am Georgetown Day School
12:00pm Intermission
1:00pm Hot Lanes Big Band
2:00pm Wakefield High School
2:30pm Mountain View High School
3:00pm Chancellor High School
3:30pm Alexandria City High School
4:30pm JazzWorx Big Band
5:30pm Awards Ceremony
6:00pm Intermission
7:00pm Mason Jazz Ensemble
7:30pm Mason Jazz Faculty All-Stars

Program For the Day

View the Mason Jazz Festival 2024 Program here.

Mason Faculty All Stars
Mason Faculty All Stars
Mason Jazz Ensemble group picture
Mason Jazz Ensemble

Registration and Payment

Register at the link below to secure your spot (no fee needed for initial registration). Pay the registration fee through Mason Marketplace (below the registration link) by credit card before the day of the festival.


    Payment: $250 (per ensemble) 

    • Pay by Credit Card or
    • Mail check to Darden Purcell, 4400 University Drive, MSN3E3, Fairfax, VA 22030

    Host: Dr. Darden Purcell
    Coordinator: John Kocur

    Location and Parking

    The event will take place in Harris Theatre at George Mason University, Fairfax Campus, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

    Free parking in LOT K. $9 weekend parking in the Mason Pond Parking Deck. Busses can drop off in front of the Center for the Arts and proceed to the back of Lot K to park.