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Newberry College Jazz Festival

The longest-running jazz festival of its kind in the country

The Newberry College Jazz Festival welcomes the state's premier high school jazz musicians as host to the annual South Carolina Band Directors Association All-State Jazz Performance Assessment, which includes nationally recognized guest clinicians and adjudicators. The Newberry College Jazz Big Band plays a concert during the weekend event. For details about the SCBDA Jazz Performance Assessment, visit

Jazz Big Band Concert at the Newberry Jazz Festival

The next Newberry Jazz Festival is tentatively scheduled for April 24, 2021. Check back later for more information.

Jazz Tour

Each Spring the Jazz Big Band performs a concert tour throughout different regions of the state.  Recent tour highlights include concerts in Chapin, Sumter, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Lexington.

Recent Guest Artists

Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone

Chris Vadala, saxophone

Denis DiBlasio, saxophone

Howard Levy, harmonica

Victor Wooten, bass

Steve Bailey, bass

Terell Stafford, trumpet

Al Chez, trumpet

Roger Pemberton, saxophone

“Blue Lou” Marini, saxophone

Allen Vizutti, trumpet

Wyclef Gordon, trombone

Charles P. Pruitt Jazz Award

Each year a student in the Newberry College Jazz Big Band is awarded the Most Valuable Player of the Year in honor of longtime band director, Charles “Chief” Pruitt. Students who receive this award are added to a commemorative plaque located in the Alumni Music Center. 

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