45th Annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival

John Raymond is the featured performer/clinician at the 45th Annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival.

Event Details


Date: March 4 - March 5, 2019

Times: Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 5, at noon and 7:30 p.m.

Location: Hamre Recital Hall in the Humanities Center

Ticket Info: The events are free and open to the public. No tickets required.

The Augustana Northlanders Jazz Band, along with bands from area high schools and middle schools, will perform during the 45th annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival, set for March 4-5 at Augustana’s Hamre Recital Hall. The 2019 Festival Artist is renowned American jazz trumpeter John Raymond.

The twenty-member jazz ensemble under the direction of Professor Brian Hanegan will perform.

This two-day festival will feature 45 high school and middle school jazz bands from the quad-state area. These bands will perform Monday afternoon and throughout the day on Tuesday, March 5. The bands are adjudicated and provided workshops by the guest artist, Hanegan, and other professional adjudicators.

Free Concerts

  • 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4
  • 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5
  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5

Hamre Recital Hall


About the Artist

The Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival, one of the longest and most anticipated of its kind in our region will feature one of the most promising, genre-bending musicians in jazz today, John Raymond.

With a singular voice as a trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer, Raymond is “steering jazz in the right direction” (Downbeat Magazine) by pushing it's boundaries, seamlessly incorporating indie-rock, folk and electronic influences into his music. As Something Else reviews stated, “This is jazz, yes, but jazz with an open mind’.

Raymond has performed with artists such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, S. Carey (of Bon Iver), Orrin Evans (of The Bad Plus), and Cory Wong (of Vulfpeck) among others. He has released six albums since 2012 - four with his primary band Real Feels (w/Gilad Hekselman & Colin Stranahan), each receiving praise from Stereogum, the New York Times, Downbeat, JazzTimes and more. John has also established himself as a sought-after educator, both as Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Indiana University and as a guest clinician and soloist at schools around the world.