Performing Arts at Iowa Central
Performing Arts

Triton Jazz Festival

The eleventh annual Triton Jazz Festival will be held on Wednesday, January 10, Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12, 2024. Area high school jazz band directors, we invite you and your students to take part in this educational opportunity!

Each participating band will be allowed a performance to an adjudication panel of 3 jazz educators. Following each performance, bands will receive a clinic from an educator in a separate rehearsal room. Bands will perform by IHSMA class, with 1A and 3A bands performing on Wednesday, January 10, and 2A performing on Thursday, January 11. 4A bands will perform on Friday, January 12. Place awards will be given to the top 3 schools in each class, with remaining rankings not being made public.

Entry fee for the Triton Jazz Festival will be $150 per band. A maximum of 20 bands per day will be allowed to perform. (Wednesday January 10 1A/3A is now FULL). Admission for spectators will be FREE of charge. Deadline for registration and payment is December 8, 2023. ***Due to ongoing construction and improvements occurring in Decker Auditorium and the Iowa Central instrumental music area, the location of the 2024 Triton Jazz Festival will be the Best Western Starlight Village in Fort Dodge.  We look forward to the return of the festival to campus in January 2025.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. We’re excited to still be able to provide this educational experience to student performers. Look for further details and updated forms to come out later this fall for participating bands!*** Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds due to weather or transportation/mechanical issues.  If we are able to reschedule a band, we will do so in our performance lineup.  There is no makeup day in the unlikely event the festival were to be cancelled.

Required and related forms (soloist sheet, repertoire sheet, campus maps, schedules and instructions) are available online and will be emailed to registering directors. For traveling schools, we again will have meals available to purchase in our campus cafeteria for a nominal fee. We hope you will encourage your students to listen to the performances of other schools.

The Triton Jazz Festival was created when several directors expressed to us the desire for a festival in our area of the state, as well as a festival that provides feedback to bands before IHSMA state contest. We welcome your band to our campus, to our festival and are confident it will meet these needs and more. Bands now attend from across the state of Iowa, as well as occasionally from out of state, to get the educational experience from our clinicians and adjudicators, as well as the experience of traveling to start the contest season and so much more. If you are interest in participating, or have any questions, please reach out to Jeremy Smith, Director of Athletic Bands at or at 515-574-1207

Thanks to all that participated in the 2024 Triton Jazz Festival

Band results and soloist awards are now posted. We look forward to hosting you again in 2025!

2024 Solo Awards
2024 Rankings
Historical Rankings

Past Photo Galleries

2024 1A/3A Jazz Festival Photo Gallery | 2
2024 2A Jazz Festival Photo Gallery | 2 | 3 | 4
2023 1A Jazz Festival Photo Gallery
2023 2A Jazz Festival Photo Gallery | 2 | 3
2023 3A Jazz Festival Photo Gallery | 2
2023 4A Jazz Festival Photo Gallery | 2
2022 Jazz Festival Photo Gallery | 2 | 3
2020 Jazz Festival Photo Gallery | 2 | 3
2019 Jazz Festival Photo Gallery | 2 | 3
2018 Jazz Festival Photo Gallery
2017 Jazz Festival Photo Gallery
2016 Jazz Festival Photo Gallery
2015 Jazz Festival Photo Gallery
2014 Jazz Festival Photo Gallery

Register Your Band!

Performance Application (online form)
Performance Application (print form)

Important Forms

Adjudication Form
2024 Best Western Map
Copyright Compliance Form
Director Information
General Information
Invoice Form
Meal Purchase Form
Performance Schedule 1A & 3A– Wednesday 2024
Performance Schedule 2A – Thursday 2024
Performance Schedule 4A - Friday 2024
Personnel Sheet
Soloist Sheet
Stage Diagram
Traffic Flow

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