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Triton Jazz Festival

2021 Virtual Jazz Festival Concert

We’re excited to announce that Shevelia will be the headline act of the Thursday night concert of the 2021 Triton Jazz Festival!

Though high school bands will not be able to perform on the Decker Auditorium stage this year, we’re proud that we’re offering them all a virtual option to gain an educational experience through the Triton Jazz Festival.  Just as important is exposing students to musical groups in the jazz genre.  The Iowa Central Community College Triton Jazz Festival will sponsor a live virtual performance of Shevelia on Thursday January 7, 2021 starting at 7pm.  The performance will be available to view without ticket purchase via YouTube and Facebook.

/SHUH VALE YUH/ is an alternative jazz ensemble made up of three Des Moines area musicians.  Shevelia primarily performs original music along with a few arrangements of their favorite jazz standards.  Shevelia is most at home pushing the envelope of non-traditional jazz/fusion/electronic music.

Gabe Scheid originally hails from Sioux City, IA.  He received his M.M. in Jazz Performance degree from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2015, after completing his B.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2013.  Currently living in Ames, Iowa, Gabe performs and teaches lessons in the greater Des Moines area.  He is a producer/engineer at Waveform Music Recording Studio located downtown Des Moines.  Gabe is also a Station 1 Records recording artist and collaborates with other artists on the label.

Sean Veeder originally hails from Waterloo, IA.  He graduated with a degree in Music and History from the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2013 after defeating the necessary Music Bosses Three.  Veeder has honed his craft of guitar-ing through ensemble work including numerous jazz combos, a terrible high school garage band and the UNI Jazz Panthers.  Currently living in Des Moines, IA, Sean acts as both a guitarist and bassist in Shevelia through the use of loop pedal technology as well as his dexterous and magical thumbs.

Nic Addelia originally hails from Bettendorf, IA.  He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.  While at UNI, Nic was a member of the UNI Jazz Band One, the Jazz Panthers, the UNI Wind Symphony, the UNI Kaji-Daiko Ensemble, and several jazz combos and free jazz groups.  Currently living in Des Moines, Iowa, Nic is a full-stack software engineer.  When he’s not playing, Nic can be found teaching private lessons, catching a show or writing music. 

2021 Triton Jazz Festival Update - December 8, 2020


We are excited to announce that registration for the 2021 Virtual Triton Jazz Festival is now open!

While there will not be a competitive option for bands this year, we are pleased to be working with a number of clinicians we have used in past festivals to provide audio and video feedback of band performances.  We are also excited to be able to expand this opportunity to middle school bands!

Participating bands will submit videos via YouTube or Google Drive.  Our clinicians will be using Google Drive to return comments in video format for you to share and use with your student performers.  We will also be using our standard ballot as a guide for comments and suggestions, but not for scoring.  Individual soloists are still eligible to be chosen for recognition, which will be a certificate for the student and their name included in our festival recaps and press releases.

We realize that many bands have limited times to meet this year, and some have not even begun to practice.  Because of the flexibility needed in the current environment, we will be offering two sessions.  Our goal is to have responses back to you within 7-10 days of recording submission.

  • Session I - registration is due by January 8, recordings are due by January 29th.
  • Session II - registration is due by March 5, recordings are due by March 26th.

Also, there is no minimum number of tunes required.  You could submit only one or two if necessary!  The entire purpose is for your students to have a goal of something to work towards, and it be an educational opportunity.  We do ask that bands limit their submissions to four songs and no longer than 18 minutes of music.  While we don't foresee it being an issue, we do reserve the right to limit the number of bands participating.

Once registered, you will receive specific instructions on video recording, submission, copyright compliance and more.  To register your band, click on the 2021 Virtual Jazz Festival Registration below.

In place of the originally scheduled festival dates, we are also making plans to organize and release a number of clinic and masterclass type videos, as well as concert performances to be streamed.  Stand by for more!

Thank you for your patience as we worked to create procedures towards making an educational experience available for your students! 

2021 Virtual Jazz Festival Links

2021 Virtual Jazz Festival Registration
2021 Virtual Jazz Festival Announcement – December 8, 2020
General Information
Soloist Sheet
Personnel Sheet
High School Band Invoice
Middle School Band Invoice

Thanks to all that participated in the 2021 Virtual Triton Jazz Festival

Band results and soloist awards are now posted. We look forward to hosting you again in 2022!

2021 Solo Awards Session I
Historical Rankings

Past Photo Galleries

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

Important Forms

Adjudication Form
Campus Map
Copyright Compliance Form
Director Information
General Information
Meal Purchase Form
Performance Application (online form)
Performance Application (print form)
Performance Schedule
Personnel Sheet
Soloist Sheet
Stage Diagram
Traffic Flow