The 67th Annual UGA January High School Band Festival

January 19-22, 2017


Janfest 2017 Information

2017 Guest Bands:

McEachern High School Wind Symphony – Bo Sodders & Anthony Cananzi, Directors
Southwest DeKalb High School Wind Symphony – James O. Seda & Steven L. Cooper, Directors
South Forsyth Wind Ensemble – Dr. Donny Allen & Ross Amend, Directors
Tara Winds Community Band – Dr. Andrea DeRenzis Strauss & Dr. John Culvahouse, Directors

JanFest 2017 student acceptances
Register students ONLY for JanFest Auxiliary Day
View JanFest 2017 Patch Design
UGA Campus Map



2017 Information will be mailed to band directors in October 2017. If you are a new director to a school, email us at rakridge@uga.edu before October 1, 2017 to be included in the mailout.


The University of Georgia January High School Band Festival (“JanFest”) is a four-day event for high school band musicians. Students are nominated for participation by their director by way of this website early in the academic year after receiving the JanFest announcement. UGA Bands staff selects students to participate based on the order of the director’s submission, the instrumentation need of the festival bands, and the reported musical achievements of each student. Typical festival attendance is approximately 1000 students from 130 schools.Directors and other adult chaperones accompany students to Athens for the event. Directors are responsible for housing and food arrangements for the students. The festival announcement includes a list of hotel properties in close proximity to the festival site.Students are placed in festival bands on the basis of an initial audition. These bands rehearse several times before a final performance on the final afternoon of the event. Attendees also enjoy several featured performances by guest high school bands and UGA student ensembles, including the UGA Hodgson Wind Ensemble.We’re looking forward to seeing you next winter at the 67th Annual UGA January High School Band Festival!For more information regarding JanFest or to update contact information, email Director of Band Festivals Rob Akridge.

View last year’s JanFest information below.
JanFest 2016 Schedule of Events
JanFest 2016 Final Information
JanFest 2016 Brochure
Purchase JanFest 2016 Final Concert Recording
Purchase JanFest 2016 Patch
View JanFest 2016 Patch Design


For more information regarding JanFest or to update contact information, email Director of Band Festivals Rob Akridge.