51st Lakeland Jazz Festival - School Adjudication Application

51st Lakeland Jazz Festival School Adjudication

Dear middle and high school Jazz Directors,

Lakeland Community College welcomes you and your jazz ensemble(s) to come and celebrate the 51st Lakeland Jazz Festival - the oldest jazz festival in Ohio!


This year’s festival will be held March 17th -19th, 2023 and will feature:

Serving The Schools: Jazz Ensemble Adjudication - Friday (9am to 4pm)

Friday Evening Concert 8pm: Dan Bruce: beta collective (Pre-concert Q & A at 7:15pm)

Saturday Evening Concert 8pm: Chuchito Valdes

Sunday Afternoon Concert 4pm: Big Band Extravaganza featuring Lakeland's Civic Jazz Orchestra and special guest - Cleveland State Jazz Ensemble

Serving The Schools

Serving The Schools features an outstanding panel of jazz adjudicators from local and regional universities to work with your students. Ensembles will have have a half-hour warm-up time, then a half-hour of stage time:

Settle In: 5 mins.

Performance: 15 mins. (two or three pieces)

Mini-Clinic (on stage): 5-10 mins.

Exit Stage: 5 mins.

Follow-Up Clinic: 30 mins.

Each band is expected to perform on time to facilitate the follow-up clinic. Following stage time, bands will go to a follow-up clinic to work in detail with one of this year’s adjudicators. Also, be sure to pick up a flash drive of your performance before you leave the event. Come early and stay late!


The Jazz Festival will provide guitar and bass amplifiers, drum kit with cymbals, and vibraphone, congas, and bongos. Any other equipment needed for your performance must be supplied by you and clearly marked with your school’s name.

Payment Information

Payment can be made through this platform or a check can be mailed to the Arts and Sciences Division at Lakeland Community College. Address: 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, OH 44094-5198. All participants must complete the Online "Serving The Schools" Application Form to be a part of the Annual Jazz Festival. Payment is $200 per ensemble per half-hour time slot. Please select quantity of jazz ensembles that will perform at the Lakeland Jazz Festival.

Please act now to reserve a performance time for your group since only a limited number of bands can be accepted for scheduling. Reservations will be made upon receipt of your payment on a first come, first served basis.


On-campus Arts at Lakeland events are in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, D-building, of Lakeland's Main Campus:

7700 Clocktower Drive

Kirtland, OH 44094


Parking on campus is free. Recommended parking lots: Lot K (the Faculty Staff Lot) and the lots north or west of the H-building. For more information, visit Locations & Directions.


For questions or more information, please visit the Lakeland Jazz Festival website or email Jeri Pilarczyk (440.525.7261) in the Arts and Sciences Division at Lakeland Community College.

Note: If Festival events are cancelled by the College due to unexpected circumstances (including weather and pandemics), 50% of the fee will be refunded. The Online "Serving The Schools" Application Form and payment must be received by February 17th for a guaranteed reserved time slot and inclusion in the program.

Schedule, posters and other information to follow. Mark your calendars now - we look forward to seeing you at this exciting jazz event.

Arts at Lakeland

For a listing of additional Arts at Lakeland events, please see the Current Arts Performance Schedule on the Arts at Lakeland web page.

Stock number: