Greetings and welcome to the 54th annual Reno Jazz Festival!

Since its first year in 1962, the festival has endeavored to bring to Reno both talented students and renowned professional artists. I am pleased to say we have been successful at doing just that. The festival has consistently attracted some of the best school bands in the nation, in part because they enjoy the festival’s competition and also because they know they will get to see great artists in concert and in workshops.

In the past decade alone, we have been fortunate to hear and see such greats as Michael and Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, Nicholas Payton, Bobby Hutcherson, Maria Schneider, Roy Haynes, Ravi Coltrane, Ingrid Jensen, Joshua Redman, Lee Konitz and many others.

This year will be no different as we present some of the top names in jazz. As usual, we will also be presenting many workshops with some of the finest clinicians and performers in the country. Our adjudicators and clinicians come from all over the U.S. With more than 300 school groups, 9,000 participants, and 56 clinicians, performers, and adjudicators, we continue to strive to ensure that every guest participant leaves with a greater knowledge, understanding, appreciation and love of music — and the world of jazz.

My thanks to all those who have helped make the festival into something special for all these years: former festival directors John Carrico and John Carrico, Jr. (and the entire Carrico family), Maytan Music Center, Nevada Arts Council, the City of Reno, and Extended Studies at the University of Nevada.

I look forward to celebrating our 53rd year with you in April — please consider joining us for a great weekend of music and friendship.


Larry M. Engstrom Director,
Reno Jazz Festival
University of Nevada, Reno

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