2020 Collegiate Jazz Festival

The University of Notre Dame will hold its 62nd annual Collegiate Jazz Festival (CJF) on Friday and Saturday, February 21-22 at 7:00.m. CJF performances will be held in a new venue, the beautiful new Dahnke Ballroom on the 7th floor of the Duncan Student Center on the west side of Notre Dame Stadium. Free parking is available in the nearby Stadium parking lots. 

2020 CJF Information:

Registration Form (Registration is now closed)
2020 CJF Judges
2020 CJF Schedule of Events

Important Details

Preview Night: Thursday, 2/20 (Hagerty Café, Duncan Student Center)
2020 Festival Dates: Friday, 2/21 and Saturday, 2/22 
Location: Dahnke Ballroom at the Duncan Student Center, University of Notre Dame Campus 
Ticket and Parking information below.


The Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival is the oldest and most prestigious jazz festival in the nation with a rich history of great collegiate bands, and a long line of incredible judges. The event brings together collegiate bands from across the nation to perform in a non-competitive setting. A group of world-class, professional jazz musicians judge the college bands and top off the evening with the famous “Judges’ Jam” performance. It is our honor to host so many worthy bands and judges once again this upcoming spring. Join us in celebrating a festival of America's original art form in this truly unique campus event.

College jazz groups performing at CJF are the Michigan State University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Octet, Alma College Percussion Ensemble, Roosevelt University Large Jazz Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble, Columbia College Fusion Ensemble, Texas State University Jazz Ensemble, Bethel University Jazz Ensemble, and University of Notre Dame Jazz Band 1. 

For questions regarding CFJ, please contact: Professor Larry Dwyer (ldwyer@nd.edu) or Mr. Matt Merten (MMerten@nd.edu)


Tickets for the Night 1 and Night 2 performances will be available "at the door" inside the Duncan Student Center. Tickets are $5 per night.

The festival is FREE to all ND/SMC/HCC students with valid identification! The Thursday evening Preview Night and Judges' Clinic are both FREE events to the general public. 


There are numerous lots across the University of Notre Dame campus with plenty of parking at 5PM. The closest parking option for the evening performances at Duncan Student Center is the "B" lot just south of the stadium (see this map).



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