History & Fundamentals

The first South Hills High School Jazz Festival was held in 2009 as a way to not only raise funds for the South Hills Music Program, but to provide a venue and formal opportunity for local school-based jazz programs to perform, compete, learn and grow. Each year our program expands with the generous support of our parent and student volunteers that coordinate and execute this event on behalf of South Hills High School and for the benefit of our neighboring schools and fellow music students.

This setting offers an excellent environment for local students to showcase their talents, in addition to providing an outstanding educational opportunity.

Students not only receive the invaluable experience of performing their music on a stage in front of a live audience, but receive feedback from experienced and highly-respected music adjudicators during the specialized clinics that are held throughout the day.

During these clinics, students receive a constructive critique of their performance and are offered an ‘outsider’s’ perspective to the musicians’ strengths and opportunity areas. The hands-on clinics focus on instrument-specific technique, theory, articulation, jazz language and improvisation, providing specific professional guidance in the interest of the improvement of every participating student.

We are excited to announce that plans are underway for the annual SHHS Jazz Festival.  The 2020 Festival will be held on Saturday, March 21st at South Hills High School.  The SHHS Jazz Festival is open to middle school and high school jazz groups from around the region.   Our goal for this festival is to provide a positive, educational experience for students and directors.

Click on the link text below to view or download the resource pages.

Cover Letter
Adjudication Sheet
Seating Chart
Campus Map

If you have any questions or would like more information about the South Hills High School Jazz Festival, please contact Mr. Mike Wooten, Director of Bands.

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