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The 75th Annual UGA January High School Band Festival: Thursday, January 16 - Saturday, January 18, 2025

Contact Mia Athanas ( if you have questions or need to be added to the JanFest mailing list.

2025 JanFest Guest Bands:

  • Kell High School Wind Ensemble - David Roth & Taylor Watts, directors
  • Hillgrove High School Wind Symphony - Jeremy Lumpkin & Stephen Mattson, directors

2025 JanFest Clinicians:

Dr. Nicholas Williams - University of Georgia
Dr. Jack Eaddy - Western Carolina University
Dr. Arris Golden - Michigan State University
Dr. Josh Byrd - University of West Georgia
Dr. Chester Phillips - Georgia State University
Dr. Hannah Rudy - University of Illinois
Dr. Joe Higgins - Rowan University
Dr. Laura Stanley - Brookwood High School

2024 JanFest Information:

2024 JanFest Schedule of Events
2024 JanFest Final Information
2024 JanFest Brochure
2024 JanFest Video Submission Instructions
2024 JanFest Video Submission Link
2024 JanFest Payment Link
2024 JanFest Map
UGA School of Music Map
2024 JanFest Guest Band Concert Information
2024 JanFest PAC Fire Code & Safety Policy

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 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 Festivals, Dr. Mia Athanas (