Jazz Festival



•Festival Letter (2020)

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West Salem Band

Attn: Ashley Alexander

1776 Titan Dr. NW

Salem, OR 97304


Email:Ashley Alexander

Phone: 503-399-5533


Oregon Jazz Adjudication Form (front)

Oregon Jazz Adjudication Rubric (back)


WSJF 2020 Schedule (Posted January 2020)


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Performing students and directors can attend the performances for free. The cost is $7 for the general public. $5 for students, seniors, and military.


Jazz Festival News

• The 2020 West Jazz Ensemble will be held on February 8th. Location: West Salem Auditorium. 1776 Titan Drive NW, Salem, OR 97304.

•We are very pleased to announce that our 2020 guest artist is Yamaha Performing Artist, internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton. He will be performing during our noon concert hour, and again prior to our evening awards ceremony. Steve has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Lyle Mays, Pat LaBarbara, Bobby Shew, Wayne Bergeron, Arturo Sandoval, Joe Henderson, Ray Brown, and Eddie Henderson, among others. As an author, Houghton’s publications boast more than thirty educational books, videos and DVDs. Houghton is Professor of Percussion and Jazz at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

•Our outstanding adjudicators include Lars Campbell, Director of Instrumental Music at Clackamas Community College; Jason Palmer of Portland Community College; Michelle Medler, Director of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra; and James Miley of Willamette University. They will provide excellent feedback and a short clinic following your performance.

•We offer a unique format that will meet the needs of your band, no matter their level. Bands will be grouped in similar classifications for competition. You, the director, select the classification that is appropriate for your group. Each group will have a 30 minute time slot, which includes an on stage clinic by one of the adjudicators, set up and break down. Please note: we also have a combo division.


•High School Novice – little or no festival experience

•High School Intermediate – some experience, developing soloists, medium difficult charts.

•High School Advanced – established groups, medium to difficult charts, good style comprehension, good soloists.

•High School Heavy – established programs, medium to difficult charts, mature concept of style and mature soloists.

•Open – Groups in this category include Arts Magnets, Home School, Combined High Schools, and Independent groups.

•Middle School Novice– little or no festival experience

•Middle School Advanced– established groups, festival experience, developing soloists.

•High School Jazz Combo

•Middle School Jazz Combo

•Non-competitive- comments only.


•Festival Certificates for outstanding individuals in all classes

•Plaques in each class (First through Fifth Place)

•Framed certificates to the outstanding individual soloist in the High School Division and Middle School Division, and to the outstanding sections (saxes, bones, trumpets, rhythm) in each of the H.S. Heavy and H.S. Advanced divisions.