60th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival

For Immediate Release 
January 9, 2024

For additional information (media inquiries & photo requests):
Shelly Williams, Clark College Fine Arts Department  
T: 360-992-2662 E: sjwilliams@clark.edu

Guest artists include Grammy-nominated University of North Texas’ One O’Clock Lab Band, Yamaha Artist Allen Vizzutti, and 2023 Sweepstakes winner Mountain View High School

Vancouver, Wash. – Clark College will host the 60th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival in three full days of exhilarating big band jazz on Thursday through Saturday, January 25-27 in the Gaiser Student Center at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Middle and high school jazz ensembles from Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in addition to a new attraction, a ticketed fundraising concert by the Grammy-nominated The One O’Clock Lab Band from the University of North Texas on Wednesday, January 24. The Clark College Jazz Band will kick off the fundraiser event at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 if purchased online through Jan 22 and $25 (cash only) at the door. All proceeds from the festival will go directly to student scholarships.

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"We are so excited to present this year's Clark College Jazz Festival, now celebrating our 60th anniversary. We are adding new attractions to this year's festival," said Clark’s Director of Bands and Festival Director Dr. Doug Harris. "We are thrilled to present the University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band directed by Alan Baylock. This band is recognized as the preeminent collegiate big band in the world—and has held that distinction for decades. It will be a performance no jazz lover will want to miss."

Special festival performances by the Clark College Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Harris:

Another new event is that legendary trumpet player Allen Vizzutti will appear with the Clark College Jazz Band on Friday night. Harris said, "I first heard Allen when I was a freshman at the University of Florida and was amazed, as I'm sure our audience will be."

The three-day event will culminate with last year’s Beacock Award-winning band, Mountain View High School Jazz I, directed by Sam Ormson performing on Saturday night.

Competition Highlights

During this year’s competition, 56 middle and high school jazz ensembles from Washington and Oregon are scheduled to perform in this year’s competition with trophies presented to the top three jazz ensembles for middle schools and division A through division AAAA high schools.

Individual outstanding musician awards will be presented at the end of each division’s preliminary competitions. On Saturday evening, the Dale Beacock Memorial Sweepstakes Award will be presented to one outstanding band selected from the entire festival.

Dr. Harris said the event is not just a competition, but also a learning opportunity for the young musicians to participate in "valuable clinics from an outstanding group of jazz educators."

The clinicians are Dr. Nate Jorgensen, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, and Seattle-based Yamaha artist Allen Vizzutti on Friday.

Overview – Clark College Jazz Festival

Admission is $10 per day. Clark College students and children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.

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About Guest Artists

portrait photo of Yamaha Artist Allen Vizzutti

Yamaha Artist Allen Vizzutti has performed in 70 countries and every U.S. state with notable artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen, NBC Tonight Show Band, Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, New Tokyo Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Leipzig Wind Symphony and Slovenian National Orchestra. The Seattle-based musician also is a composer and recording artist.

Nominated for seven Grammy Awards, The One O’Clock Lab Band® from the University of North Texas jazz studies program is noted for its exceptional individual musicianship and tight ensemble performance. The band has performed throughout the U.S. and in 18 countries. The band also has performed at major jazz festivals, including Monterey, and at major jazz venues, including Birdland in New York City.

group photo of One O'Clock Lab Band

About Clark College Jazz Festival

Dr. Doug Harris has been director of bands at Clark College since Fall 2018. Previously, he was assistant director of bands at Western Kentucky University, director of bands at Santa Clara University and Southern Utah University and a high school band director in Florida. Harris received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. As a freelance trumpet player, Dr. Harris has performed with the Madison Scouts, Sacramento Mandarins, Teal Sound and Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, composer, arranger and transcriber.

History of the Clark College Jazz Festival

About Clark College

Founded in 1933 and celebrating its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It is a public community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees; professional certificates; high school diplomas and GED preparation; and non-credit community and continuing education. Clark serves a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. Approximately three-quarters of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college.