Jimmy Simmons Jazz Festival


 Lamar University is proud to announce the 4th annual Jimmy Simmons Jazz Festival scheduled for Saturday April 1, 2023. Special guests for the event will be 17-time Grammy nominated Yellowjackets, featuring music from their most recent release.


    • Participant Band: $300
      • Includes access to individualized clinics, featured clinics, awards, evening gala concert featuring the YELLOWJACKETS
    • Observer Band: $100
      • Includes access to featured clinics and gala evening concert featuring the YELLOWJACKETS


Our clinicians this year are:

Warren Sneed - First call Houston saxophonist and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Kinder HSPVA in Houston.

Tim McMillen - Lead Trombone with the Kris Berg Metroplexity Big Band and Asst. Fine Arts Coordinator for the Calcasieu Parish Schools in Louisiana.

Noe Marmolejo - Houston professional trumpeter and Director of Jazz Ensembles at the University of Houston.

Bob Athayde - Award winning California middle school and high school music educator and musician.

There will also be a special clinic with legendary saxophonist and composer Bob Mintzer.


Online Registration for the 2023 Jimmy Simmons Jazz Festival is now available via this link.