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JanFest

The 73rd Annual UGA January High School Band Festival: Thursday, January 19 - Saturday, January 21, 2023

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

2023 JanFest Guest Bands:

  • Pope High School Wind Symphony - Bo Sodders, conductor
  • Walton High School Wind Symphony - John Palmer & Chris Johns, conductors
  • Woodland High School Wind Symphony - Michael Kobito & Holly Maldonado, conductors
  • Stephenson High School Wind Ensemble - Quentin Goins & Noah Speaks, conductors

2023 JanFest Clinicians:

Alfred Watkins, retired band director
Ricky Fleming, Buffalo State
Jake Wallace, South Dakota State
LaToya Webb, University of Texas
Amy Knopps, University of Missouri
James Seda, Southwest DeKalb High School
Jeff Harper, Lassiter High School
David Roth, Kell High School

2023 JanFest Information:

Online Registration opens Monday, October 24
Nomination Deadline is Friday, November 18
Acceptances published on or around Friday, December 2
Cancellation Deadline is Friday, January 6
Video audition submission due Sunday, January 8 (All-State lyrical etude for their grade)

2022 JanFest Information:

2022 JanFest Brochure
2022 JanFest Video Recording Instructions
Video Submission Link
Student Payment Link

Yearly JanFest 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.