music brings us together
Jazz Unlimited is a festival hosted by the Music department at CBC.
This event involves about 4,500 student performers from groups around the Northwest, including high school concert bands, middle, junior high, and high school jazz bands, concert choirs, and jazz choirs. We have schools from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho competing.
The festival also features clinics, special guests, and concerts.
When words fail, music speaks
We sadly announce that for the first time in 50 years we are canceling our Jazz Unlimited Festival in April. The safety of the participants and our staff come first and we want to err on the side of caution as we all grapple with what is happening across the globe pertaining to COVID-19.
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Jazz unlimited history
The first Jazz Unlimited was jointly hosted by Tri-Cities high school music departments in 1971 with nine high school jazz bands participating. It continued the following year with assistance from the Tri-City Water Follies Association, thus the name “Jazz Unlimited” – a reference to the unlimited hydroplane races.
The festival site was moved to CBC in 1973 when Don Paul moved here from Kennewick High School. Eventually, the sponsorship of the Water Follies Association was dropped but the name “Jazz Unlimited” was retained.
A jazz choir portion was added to the festival in 1974 by Byron Gjerde. In 1986, a concert choir portion was added by Steve Baer. In 1994, a pre-festival concert series was added. The first group was Kim Richmand-Clay Jenkins duo followed by Dr. Geoff Haydon.
Since its inception, the festival has grown until as many as 45 bands and choirs have participated–the maximum that our limited facilities can accommodate.
If you have questions regarding Jazz Unlimited, please reach out!
2600 N. 20th Ave.,
Pasco, WA 99301