Student Competition Information

Hundreds of high school students attend the Gene Harris Jazz Festival each year to learn from professional musicians and participate in adjudicated competitions. The student portion of the festival is held on Friday and Saturday. Evening concerts feature each day’s competition winners. 

There are fewer than 50 performance slots available for the two days. The competition is open to junior high and high school combos and big bands.  

To ensure a high quality experience for the students, we will again feature large performance halls, taped critiques from our panel of adjudicators, a clean performance tape, and a live critique following your performances. 

For help with Boise-area accommodations and attractions, call the Boise Convention and Visitor's Bureau at 1-800-635-5240, or visit

Interested band directors should print and complete the online registration form, or contact the Boise State University music department at 208-426-1772.

To open the online registration form you must have either Microsoft Word 95 or higher, or the Microsoft Word Viewer (Download:Windows 9x&NT).

Click here to download the online registration form