2014 JanFest News and Updates

• Final Information is now available for directors and chaperones. Click the links above for Final Information and the latest draft schedule.

• The first JanFest patch will be available for purchase for 4 weeks following the festival to any student who participates. Subsequent patches will have the same design but in different UGA colors. So a student who participates more than one year could stack patches on the sleeve of their band jacket. Students who participate all four years of high school could purchase all four unique patches. The patch is 2.5″ measured diagonally. Cost is $10 plus tax and shipping. The basic design is below.

UGA Janfest 2014 Patch

A previous announcement regarding the use of proceeds stated that this sale would benefit a new award for schools. This is undergoing further legal and administrative review. We will make a further announcement regarding the use of proceeds at an appropriate time.

• Our friends at UGA Athletics are offering JanFest participants $5 admission to Sunday’s Women’s Basketball Game. Click here for a coupon to be redeemed at the Coliseum ticket booth.

10.25.2013 – Postcards containing each school’s unique registration code are being mailed now. An email will be sent to directors early next week containing this information. The JanFest registration brochure is now available. Registration will begin on November 4th and will end on November 29th.


Honor Wind Ensemble
Tom Lee, Director of Bands Emeritus-University of California, Los Angeles

Honor Wind Symphony
Jackie Hartenberger, Associate Director of Bands-University of Georgia

Honor Symphonic Band
Travis Cross, Wind Ensemble Conductor-University of California, Los Angeles

Clinic Bands
Kyle Glaser, Associate Director of Bands-Texas State University
Scott Jones, Assistant Director of Bands-University of Georgia
Gerard Morris, Director of Bands-University of Puget Sound
Scott Rush, Director of Bands-Wando High School
Damon Talley, Director of Bands-Shenandoah Conservatory

The University of Georgia January High School Band Festival (“JanFest”) is a four-day event for high school band musicians. Students are nominated for participation by their director by way of this website early in the academic year after receiving the JanFest announcement. UGA Bands staff selects students to participate based on the order of the director’s submission, the instrumentation need of the festival bands, and the reported musical achievements of each student. Typical festival attendance is approximately 1000 students from 130 schools.

Directors and other adult chaperones accompany students to Athens for the event. Directors are responsible for housing and food arrangements for the students. The festival announcement includes a list of hotel properties in close proximity to the festival site.

Students are placed in festival bands on the basis of an initial audition. These bands rehearse several times before a final performance on the final afternoon of the event. Attendees also enjoy several featured performances by guest high school bands and UGA student ensembles, including the UGA Wind Ensemble.

We’re looking forward to seeing you next winter at the 64th Annual UGA January High School Band Festival!

For more information regarding JanFest, email Director of Band Festivals Brett Bawcum.