CLICK HERE to download this information.

Thank you for participating in the annual Get JazzED School Big Band Festival! If for some reason, you cannot participate, please inform us as soon as possible so your timeslot can be given to a band on the waiting list. Here is some general information to help with your planning…

Equipment: GetJazzED will provide a full backline (piano, guitar/bass amps, drum set with cymbals and marimba) in both the warm-up room and on the performance stage. Both will be set up in a standard big band format.  Let us know if you are bringing any large items such – they can be unloaded directly at the backstage entrance.

*Doors open at 12:00 noon.

*The MIDDLE SCHOOL FESTIVAL begins at 1:00 pm with the first band rehearsing at 12:35 pm. Event ends around 4:00 pm.
*The HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL begins at 6:00 pm with the first band rehearsing at 5:35 pm. Event ends around 9:00 pm.
*The final rehearsal and performance times will be emailed to Directors and posted online.

Travel & Parking:
*If arriving by bus: Bus parking and drop off is on behind the Miller Center for the Arts, accessible from N. Second St. near Washington. Buses will remain here for the duration of the event or pull into the adjacent flat parking lot.

*If by car/van: Park in the RACC parking garage. Parking is free.
*For directions, click here –

Upon arrival, a Get JazzED volunteer will greet you at the backstage entrance of Miller Center and show you where to store equipment for the day.

Rehearsals will take place in Schmidt Center, a short walk across the courtyard from Miller Center. Rehearsals are closed to the public. 

Performance: Five minutes prior to your performance time, your group will be escorted to the stage left waiting area. The emcee will announce your group. At the end of the performance, exit stage right where you’ll be escorted backstage to store your instruments. Your group can then enter the auditorium to listen to the other groups perform.

The Awards Ceremony will be held after the performances. Bands must be present to receive awards. Awards will be given for Outstanding Sections, several Soloists of Note, one Outstanding Soloist, and one Outstanding Ensemble. The one outstanding ensemble will also receive a four hour workshop with internationally acclaimed bassist Gerald Veasley. The one Middle School Outstanding Soloist will receive a summer camp scholarship. The one High School Outstanding Soloist will receive a scholarship for the Litchfield CT summer music camp directed by our woodwinds judge Albert Rivera.

What We Need From You: At your earliest convenience, but no later than MARCH 1, 2020, please forward the following information to info@GetJazzEDBerkscom:
*Band Setup Diagram (CLICK HERE)
*Band personnel by section
*Repertoire in order of performance including titles, composer/arranger/transcriber, soloist names
*Program notes (under 100 words)

Tickets:  Tickets for spectators will be sold at the door: $10/adults; $5/students – CASH ONLY.

Food and beverage will be made available for purchase in the lobby.

Photography: Photographs will be taken during this event. Please inform parents that if they do NOT want their child included in photographs, it is their responsibility to sign a Photography Exclusion Form and to forward it to us ASAP. 

Program Advertising/Patron information can be downloaded at

If you have any questions, please contact Festival Chair Millie Eben at, or 610-334-4635. Or contact the Berks Arts Council at 610-898-1930.