Jazz Jamboree

Part of the Björling Music Festival

The Gustavus Jazz Jamboree is a pedagogically-focused and non-competitive jazz festival produced by Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. The one-day festival features performances by ten high school jazz ensembles from throughout the Midwest. The 2020 event culminates in an evening concert featuring the MODx Ensemble led by Gustavus' own, Dr. Dave Stamps.

In addition to performing, students will participate in an ensemble clinic with one of the guest artist/educators and attend masterclasses on topics ranging from improvisation to jazz listening skills to composing/arranging. All elements of the festival are free and open to the public.

2020 Schedule of Events

  • 9:30am-12:30pm - High School Performances (Morning Session) - Björling Recital Hall
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm - Gustavus Jazz Ensemble Feature Performance - Björling Recital Hall
  • 2:30pm-5:30pm - High School Performances (Afternoon Session) - Björling Recital Hall
  • 7:30pm-9:00pm - Concert featuring the Dave Stamps MODx Ensemble - Björling Recital Hall
    • MODx Ensemble Personnel
      • Woodwinds: Aaron Hedenstrom, Aaron Moe, Stephanie Wieseler, Brian Handeland, and Andy DeLuca
      • Brass: Riley Helgesen, Jake Baldwin, Elaine Burt, Melissa Morey, JC Sanford, and Ben Bussey
      • Rhythm Section: Chris Olson, Ted Godbout, Chris Bates, Cory Healey, and Austyn Menk
      • Strings: Francesca Anderegg, Lara MacLean, Justin Knoepfel, and Patricia Ryan

Masterclasses every hour on the hour from 8:30am-5:30pm in FAM 103.

2020 Jazz Jamboree Clinicians

* denotes Gustavus faculty

2020 Participating High Schools

  • Annandale High School - Lee Peterson, director
  • Cleveland Public School - Erik Hermanson, director
  • Eastview High School - Richard Berggren, director
  • Farmington High School - Erin Holmes and Bradley Mariska, directors
  • Hudson High School - Nick Syman, director
  • Jordan High School - Logan Burnside, director
  • Mankato West High School - Brady Krusemark, director
  • New London-Spicer High School - Nicholas Mason, director
  • Princeton High School - Jim Baxter, director
  • Rochester Lourdes High School - Nicole Skifton, director

2020 Participating Directors' Resources


Each student will also need to complete the online photo release.

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