School of the Arts

Big Band Boogie Bash

Local schools join Chico State for inaugural jazz festival

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All are invited to enjoy a full day of jazz music and celebration during the Big Band Boogie Bash on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Chico State. 

The all-day jazz festival features high school and college bands from the North State including Chico, Shasta, Foothill and Enterprise high schools; Butte College; and Chico State Jazz Combo.  

Bands will take the stage starting at 11 a.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre inside the Performing Arts Center. The Big Band Boogie Bash continues until 5 p.m. 

Chico State Director of Bands Chris Navarrete said the event is a celebration of the amazing music created in our community. While this is the first time for such an event, he hopes to see the festival become an annual event.  

“The purpose of this event is to bring people together, share music being made in the North State and provide a platform for networking, creativity and jazz education,” Navarrete said.  

Aside from the performances in the theatre, local music businesses will be in the Performing Arts Center courtyard. The festival is hosted by the Band Staff, a Chico State Music and Theatre student organization, and funded by Student Organization Event Allocation Funding.  

Adding to the fun is an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. by the Chico State jazz band. In this culminating event, Jazz X-Press leaves it all on the stage with a repertoire that includes big band classics to new originals. Chico State faculty, community guest artists and guests from other schools will join Jazz X-Press to close out the Big Band Boogie Bash.  

While the daytime festivities from 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. are free and open to the public, tickets are required for the 7:30 p.m. evening concert. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $6 for youth and Chico State students and are available online and in person at the University Box Office, 530-898-6333.  

For those who need special seating accommodation, please call 530-898-6333.