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March 17, 2020 - Canceled

In cooperation with the university's policy regarding the recent health risk, the Coyote Jazz Festival scheduled for March 17, 2020, has been canceled. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Since 1975 the USD Coyote Jazz Festival has featured high school music programs from South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. A competitive festival, the event is also an excellent opportunity for performing groups to receive written and recorded feedback from exceptional jazz educators and performers. Trophies are awarded for outstanding performances in each class (A-4A).

The USD Coyote Jazz Festival is sanctioned in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. 

There are a limited number of entries we can accept, so please get your entries in as soon as possible.


Name Department & Office Contact
Christopher Kocher
  • Professor, Saxophone/Jazz
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 149