The 72nd Annual UGA January High School Band Festival: Friday, January 21 - Saturday, January 22, 2022

Please email questions to Rob Akridge (

JanFest 2022 Changes due to COVID-19

For the health and safety of everyone involved in JanFest 2022, we are making changes to the format of this year’s festival.

The nomination process will remain the same.  Registration information will be emailed October 25th.  Registration deadline is November 19th.

Directors will be notified of student acceptances on or around December 3rd.

We will ask accepted students to submit video auditions by January 9th.  Students will be asked to submit a video of the etudes that will be sent out along with student acceptances.

Guest Bands will perform Friday evening, January 21st, to a socially-distanced and masked audience.  Everyone is invited to attend.

JanFest bands will rehearse and present concerts Saturday, January 22nd.  JanFest will be held only at the School of Music (no events at the Classic Center).  There will be four bands with a total of 300-350 students.

            8:00 – 9:00 a.m.          Registration (band assignments handed out)
            9:00 a.m. – noon         Band rehearsals
            Noon – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch (catered to rehearsal sites)
            1:00 – 3:00 p.m.          Band rehearsals
            3:30 – 7:10 p.m.          Band concerts (audience must be socially-distanced & masked)

We ask that each student bring their own performance mask and bell cover.  UGA strongly encourages wearing PPE at all times while inside.

The cost of JanFest 2021 will be $75.  This fee includes a catered lunch. 

2022 Guest Bands:

  • Woodland High School Wind Symphony – Michael Kobito & Holly Maldonado, Directors (7:50pm, Friday, January 21)
  • Dutchtown High School Wind Symphony – Wolson Gustama & Brandon Printup, Directors (7:00pm, Friday, January 21)

2022 Clinicians:

  • Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger, Interim Director of Bands, University of Georgia
  • Shiree Williams, Associate Director of Bands, University of Georgia
  • Dr. Michael Robinson, Professor of Music, University of Georgia
  • James Seda, Director of Bands, Southwest DeKalb High School

2022 JanFest Information:

2022 JanFest Brochure

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 Band Festivals Rob Akridge.