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.

The Coyote Jazz Festival will take place March 12, 2019.

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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