Jazz Festival Rules and Guidelines

Our festival’s purpose is to provide a positive educational experience for Middle School Big Bands, High School Big Bands and High School Combos.  At the Chantilly Jazz Festival, students in these ensembles gain the most from earning individual solo awards, scholarships, and by participating in a clinic run by a professional jazz educator. Ensembles are registered on a first come, first served basis using a time-stamped reply system online beginning January 25th, 2022.

Schools may register more than one ensemble, however their “first” big band will be considered for Saturday’s competition and all “second” or “third” big bands will perform on Friday’s exhibition unless there is room to accommodate them in Saturday’s schedule.


Every band that performs receives a dropbox link to comments from three CIJF judges.  Every ensemble will receive a private clinic with an outstanding jazz educator.  Chantilly High School will provide vibes and a piano for every ensemble.  YOU MUST provide your own guitar amp, bass amp, and drum set along with necessary patch cables, drum sticks, and mallets.

Outstanding High School students can receive “All-Star Band” status, which includes a certificate.  Additional scholarships and recognitions may be available depending on sponsorship.


1.  There is one performance site for combos and big bands, the 600-seat Chantilly High School Auditorium.  We offer free admission to anyone interested in hearing jazz ensembles and exhibition ensembles perform during the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival. As of 3/1/22, masks are optional in FCPS facilities or grounds. This includes participants, spectators, and visitors of Community Use events. These requirements will be updated and revised if/when changes occur.

2.  Each jazz ensemble/combo may perform three compositions or 18 minutes, whichever comes first.  Each ensemble has 25 minutes on stage, including set up/tear down time and their performance.  Please plan your set lists accordingly.

3.  Each ensemble will have three judges’ record comments onto a digital recording device during your group’s performance.  Bands will receive digital copies of each judge’s comments.

4.  After you perform on stage, each ensemble will transition to their professional clinic.  The clinic will last 25 minutes, including set up and tear down time.  There will be extension cords and power strips in each room, and CHS will provide carts to transport heavier equipment to the clinic and back to the storage areas.

5.  After every band has performed, there will be a feature group performance, followed by an awards ceremony.  We will announce the TOP 3 High School big bands along with outstanding musician awards and certificates.  The All-Star Band will be e-mailed to directors after the event, and certificates will be mailed to each school.

6.  On Saturday, the TOP 3 High School big bands will be invited to perform again as festival finalists – prior to finals there will be a banquet with the three bands and Chantilly Jazz.  Three adjudicators will listen to each band perform and determine final placement for the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival.


There are participation fees for each registered ensemble:

$250.00 per group postmarked by April 1st, 2022

$300.00 per group postmarked after April 1st, 2022

Complete the Preliminary Registration Form beginning January 25th, 2022.  Additional registration information will be collected later once your ensemble is a confirmed participant.

E-mail questions to Mr. Maloney

Chantilly High School
4201 Stringfellow Road
Chantilly, VA 20151
703-222-8180 office
703-222-8197 fax