Jazz Combo Competition

High school and college jazz musicians competed in our third annual Jazz Combo Competition in conjunction with the UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival on February 25, 2017. This contest element of the festival provides outstanding student ensembles a chance to shine in a combo setting.

Congratulations to the winners!

  • High School Division Winner: “Raider-Blues” from Brownell Talbot High School under the direction of J.R. Gould
  • College Division Winner: “UNO Combo 1” from UNO under the direction of Darren Pettit
  • College Division Recognition of Excellence:Strayhorns” from UNO under the direction of Jason Johnson

The collegiate winners will perform as the opening act for a Jazz on the Green concert, and both winning combos will play for Grammy-nominated jazz pianist David Benoit in an exclusive Master Class. Check back to see which Jazz on the Green concert the UNO Combo 1 will open for! Thank you to everyone who made this year's contest a huge success.

Stay tuned for details on next year's competition!