studentjazz1Student Jazz Competition

The live finals of the Seventh Annual Student Jazz Competition took place Friday, March 17, at Pensacola State College’s Ashmore Auditorium. Audience members were treated to some fine jazz performances by talented finalists accompanied by the Guffman Trio, consisting of Cynthia Domulot on piano, Fred Domulot on drums and Tom Latenser on bass.

The student performers were all winners. Final placements are as follows:

High School Instrumental Division

  1. Sam Butler – trumpet – Fairhope High School
  2. Dillon Buckley – vibraphone – Niceville High School
  3. Bo Fabbro – piano – Gulf Breeze High School

Jazz Vocalist Division

  1. Anastasia Leech – University of West Florida
  2. Elisha Miller – Pensacola State College
  3. Madison Smith – Northwest Florida State College

College Instrumental Division

  1. Neil Teller – tenor sax – University of West Florida
  2. Taylor Lauria – alto sax – Pensacola State College
  3. Clinton Hall – guitar – Northwest Florida State College
  4. Dylan Williams – guitar – Pensacola State College

Winners will receive monetary awards, ranging from $100 to $500 to be used to further their jazz/music education.

We thank finals judges Tim Jackson, Steve Gilmore and Bobby van Deusen, all renowned jazz performers and educators, for their role in making some tough choices.

Congratulations to all the competition winners – they speak well for the future of jazz.

Also, a big “Thank You” goes to the following Jazz Education Team Supporters (JETS) for their financial assistance, making the event possible:

Larry and Kathy Beall
Bob Byrnes
Deborah Dunlap
Woody Edwards
John and Myrl Eisinger
Paul and Marliese Herrick
Ralph Knowles
Tom and Kathy Lyon
Ed Morrison
Lynn Parker and Susan Hassell Parker
Pensacola Bay Brewery
Studer Foundation
Carolyn Tokson and Jeff Elliot
Norman and Betty Vickers
Roger and Kat Villines

2018 Student Jazz Competition

Planning will soon begin for the 2018 Student Jazz Competition. Expect updated entry materials in the late Summer time frame. The 2017 application guidance is retained below for reference and possible planning purposes.

Application requirements: Applying instrumentalists and vocalists must reside and attend school (including homeschooling for High School Division) in the greater Pensacola area including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida and Baldwin County in Alabama.

Application process includes submitting a recording of two jazz solos with backing performances, which will be judged in a preliminary round to select the three applicants in each division to go on to the live finals.

Please click the link below to view and download and view the 2017 application, which contains additional information regarding the application process and requirements.

Click here to download the informational flyer. (PDF, 250K)

Click here to download the application form. (PDF, 350K)

Backing Tracks

Need a backing track for your application? Click on the appropriate links below to download:

College Instrumental

Billie's Bounce   Billie's Bounce (Drums)   On Green Dolphin Street

On Green Dolphin(Drums)   Straight No Chaser   Take the A Train

High School Instrumental

Autumn Leaves 3 Chor   Autumn Leaves 4 Chor   Blue Monk

Fly Me to the Moon 3 Chor   Fly Me to the Moon 4 Chor   Now's the Time


Autumn Leaves   Fly Me to the Moon   Route 66

Note: These files are provided for the use of our student competitors and are not for sale or other distribution. Unauthorized use of these audio files is prohibited.

Questions about backing tracks: Email Roger Villines at

Other questions? Email or call (850) 433-8382 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–noon.

Jazz Pensacola

3 West Garden Street

 Suite 418

Pensacola, FL 32502-5633

(850) 433-8382

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