The 71st Annual UGA January High School Band Festival: January 21-24, 2021

JanFest 2021 Guest Bands announcement - we will announce guest bands soon, we are finalizing plans for JanFest 2021 during COVID-19.

2020 Special Guest Band:

  • Hijiyama Girls High School Wind Orchestra, Yusuke Konishi, Director

2020 Guest Bands:

  • Heritage High School Wind Ensemble – Blair Callaway, Director
  • Kennesaw Mountain High School Wind Symphony – Michael Huebner & Corey Futrell, Directors
  • Collins Hill High School Wind Symphony – Jeremy Lumpkin & Bryan Daniels, Directors
  • Cypress Bay High School Wind Ensemble – Michael Scott & Jonathan Dor, Directors

2019 Guest Clincians:

Last Year's Information:

2020 JanFest Schedule of Events
2020 JanFest Final Information
2020 JanFest Brochure
Campus Map
JanFest Campus Map

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 before October 1 to be included in the mailout.

"JanFest” (pioneering band invitational established in 1950) 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 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 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 JanFest!

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