The 72nd Annual UGA January High School Band Festival: Thursday, January 20 - Saturday, January 22, 2022

Please email questions to Rob Akridge (rakridge@uga.edu).

Guest Band Applications

Complete this form to submit your application to be a guest band for JanFest 2022.  Application deadline is Friday, April 16, 2021.  We hope to announce acceptances by May 7, 2021.

Last Year's Information:

2021 Guest Bands:

  • Central-Carroll High School Symphonic Band – Neil Ruby & Courtney Zhorela, Directors
  • Dutchtown High School Wind Symphony – Wolson Gustama & Jeffrey Hughley, Directors
  • Woodland High School Wind Symphony – Michael Kobito & Holly Maldonado, Directors

2021 JanFest Information:

2021 JanFest Brochure
Campus Map
JanFest Campus Map

Non-COVID-year information

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

"JanFest” (pioneering band invitational established in 1950) is a three-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 their 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 a video 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 JanFest!

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