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BC’s Jazz Band, directed by Jim Sisko, will host the 23nd annual Bellevue College Jazz Band Festival. There will be 40  Middle School, High School and College Jazz Bands and Combos participating over three days.

Thursday, January 31, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, will be the College Jazz Bands and their events.

Friday, February 1, will be an all day event for Middle Schools from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Friday will come to an end presenting the top three schools with special recognition in addition to a special presentation of 8 individual awards.

Saturday, February 2,  from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, the High schools will compete.  At 5:00 pm the top three schools will be selected for the evening concert. The evening concert will start at 8:00 pm with the top three high schools performing followed by a performance by own BC Jazz Band with Guest Artist Ashlin Parker.

Guest artist trumpeter Ashlin Parker will be  performing a clinic on Friday & Saturday during the lunch hour; as well as, performing with the BC Jazz Band in the Saturday evening concert.

At the end of the Junior High and Middle School competition on Friday, soloist awards, a winner and two runners up will be selected and announced.  At the end of the day on Saturday, soloist awards will be announced and three high school bands will be selected to perform in the evening concert. All high school bands, including those that perform on Friday are eligible to be selected as showcase bands on the Saturday evening concert.  Places are determined solely by the afternoon scoring.  The three showcase bands will lead off the Saturday evening concert, and the performance order will be determined by a random draw.


Jim Sisko


Naeim Rahmani
(425) 564-3114

Traditionally, junior high and middle school bands have performed on Friday and high school bands have performed on Saturday.  If needed, we are happy to host a high school band on Friday if it helps with your travel arrangements.

Last Updated February 2, 2019