The 44th Annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival

NOTICE:  With regret, the 44th Annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival has been canceled today due to the inclement weather.  A record of sorts - every single school scheduled to attend today withdrew during the night, and we understand that when school is called off, activities must be as well. 

High school students who might be out and about today are welcome to attend the 12:15 student concert by Jeff Coffin and the Northlanders Jazz Band in Kresge Recital Hall. 

The 7:30 PM concert tonight WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED.  Tickets are available at

Thank you for your understanding.   Stay safe today!

The Augustana Northlanders Jazz Band, along with bands from the four-state area high school and middle schools, will perform during the 44th annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival, set for March 5-6 in Augustana's Kresge Recital Hall.

Grammy-Winning Saxophonist Jeff Coffin to Join 2018 Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival

Jeff Coffin, a Grammy award-winning saxophonist for the Dave Mathews Band, will join the Augustana Northlanders Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Brian Hanegan, and bands from area high schools and middle schools. 

Throughout the two-day festival, Coffin, Hangegan and other Augustana music faculty will provide workshops for 40 high school and middle school jazz bands from throughout the region. As part of the Festival, Coffin and the Northlanders Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5, at Noon on Tuesday, March 6 (for attendees only) and again on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for the public are now available on our website.  A limited number of public tickets are available for Monday and Tuesday night's concerts.

Introducing Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin is an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, composer and educator who has been traveling the globe since the late 20th century. He is a three-time Grammy-winner as a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, with whom he played from 1997-2010. In July 2008, Jeff began touring with the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) and officially joined the group in 2009 following the tragic passing of founding member LeRoi Moore.

When not on the road with DMB, Coffin fronts his own group, Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet, and works around the country playing shows and presenting music clinics to students. As an in-demand Yamaha & D'Addariop performing artist, Coffin has presented at more than 300 solo and Mu'tet music clinics to students of all ages in locations across the globe, from Farmington, Maine, to Perth, Australia, to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Living in Nashville since 1991, Coffin graduated with a music education degree from the University of North Texas in 1990, where he played in the acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band. He also studied with sax great Joe Lovano on a National Endowment for the Arts grant.A number of Coffin's compositions have been published as big band arrangements through the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Jazz Press, and he has presented them in concerts with many ensembles. Education continues to be an important part of what he shares with others and he is a tireless champion to players of all ages and levels to discover and cultivate their own musical voice.

At the 2000 Grammy Awards, Coffin & Fleck’s tune "Zona Mona," from the Bela Fleck & the Flecktones album "Outbound," was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Composition. Also that year, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording for the album "Outbound."

Coffin is also an avid photographer who views photographic composition, musical composition and improvisation as going hand-in-hand. All of his recent album photography is his own work.