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Welcome to the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is the world's largest educational jazz festival with nearly 5,000 student participants each year.

The festival offers a variety of student opportunities including adjudicated performances, performance clinics, artist workshops, afternoon Young Artists concerts and evening concerts featuring some of today’s finest jazz musicians.

Download the 2019 Bus Packet PDF.
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Updated 2020 Festival Schedule

Thursday, February 27 - Lionel Hampton School of Music Day and Hamp's Gala

  • 12-5 p.m. Music workshops and breakout sessions led by the Lionel Hampton School of Music faculty. Sessions will be offered on a broad range of music topics. This program is free to registered schools, but space is limited. 
  • 7:30 p.m. Hamp’s Gala
    • A longstanding tradition in the days of Lionel Hampton returns! Festival participants are invited to an exclusive event featuring LHSOM student performances in the Administration Building Auditorium. This program is free to registered schools, but space is limited.

 Friday, February 28 - Festival Begins

  • Elementary vocal and instrumental competition
  • Junior high vocal and instrumental competition
  • High school vocal competition
  • College vocal and instrumental competition
  • Young Artists’ Concert
  • Evening concert featuring competition winners on stage

 Saturday, February 29

  • High school instrumental competition
  • Young Artists’ Concert
  • Evening concert featuring competition winners on stage

Each student performance will receive both a numeric score and recorded verbal comments from our adjudicator-educators. The verbal feedback is intended to provide real-time documentation, while the numeric score is to provide representation of the quality of each category of performance (see the scoring section of this website for details).

Following each performance, student groups will receive a clinic from one of our fine adjudicators. Performances and clinics will be as follows:

Large ensemble

17-minute performance (maximum)
17-minute performance clinic, from one of our adjudicators

Collegiate large ensemble

27-minute performance maximum
27-minute performance clinic, one adjudicator


12-minute performance (maximum)
5-minute performance clinic, on stage, two clinicians

Please note one change from previous years. All soloists and combos will be given the opportunity to perform for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, each soloist/combo will receive a performance clinic on stage. Combos and soloists will not be permitted to play beyond 12 minutes.

Performance time for all ensembles, combos and soloists starts the moment they step onto the stage. Please allow a few moments for microphone adjustments as necessary.

Each large ensemble winner will be announced at the afternoon Young Artist’s Winners Concert in the dome, and will compete for the sweepstakes prize at this concert. Outstanding soloists selected to perform at the evening concert featuring world-class jazz musicians will also be announced at this time.

Large ensembles may play one selection (eight minutes maximum) for the sweepstakes competition. Adjudicators will select the best overall group for the sweepstakes prize. The sweepstakes winner will receive our yearly rotating trophy, as well as one free entry into the 2020 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

The festival offers workshops that feature world-renown artists and educators. Several University of Idaho faculty members have offered their expertise to also provide several interdisciplinary workshops. Some workshops provide handouts and materials for participants. Several of the workshops allow students to come on stage to work with the presenter.

Student participants may attend the Festival workshops and the Young Artists afternoon concerts for free. There is no charge to listen to the other performances in the daytime portion of the Festival.

Evening concerts feature professional musicians, from young artists to mature masters. Nearly every artist offers a workshop at the Festival, as well as remarkable performances during the two evenings of the Festival. Attendees may expect to experience a party format, as well as artists performing with their own groups and sidemen.

Teacher talks about what the Jazz Festival does for schools

Rochelle Collins was discovered at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

The excitement is constantly growing! See it, hear it, feel it in this video!

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Mailing Address:
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
111 Perimeter Dr., MS 4021
Moscow, ID 11111-4021

Phone: 111-111-5900

Fax: 111-111-7254

Email: [email protected]

Web: Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival