A scene from the 2018 Student Jazz Competition.

Student jazz musicians, you are invited to submit an entry to the 2019 Student Jazz Competition, the finals of which will be the March Jazz Gumbo, 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Phineas Phogg's in Seville Quarter!

Three finalists from each division — College Instrumental, High School Instrumental, Jazz Vocal — will perform at the live finals. Awards for first, second and third in each division, ranging from $100 to $500, will be presented at the conclusion of the event.

Application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019. Use the links below to download the 2019 application, the current flyer and backing tracks (if you need them).

Have questions: send an email to info (at) or call 850-433-8382.

Applying for 2019 Ninth Annual Student Jazz Competition

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.

Download the 2019 application and flyer, which contain 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)

2018 Competition

The live finals of the 2018 Eighth Annual Student Jazz Competition took place Thursday, March 15, at Pensacola State College’s Ashmore Fine Arts 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. Andrew Tinch – Guitar – A. Crawford Mosley High School
2. Noah Hall – Alto Sax – Booker T. Washington High School
3. Andrew Conner – Trumpet – Booker T. Washington High School
3. Aundre’ Conner – Bass – Booker T. Washington High School
3. Ty Kannegieter – Tenor Sax – Bayside Academy
Note: 3-way tie for third place

Jazz Vocal Division

1. Anastasia Leech – University of West Florida
2. Isabelle Peterson – University of West Florida

College Instrumental Division

1. Troy Harris – Piano – Pensacola State College
2. Jensen Cadenhead – Vibraphone – Northwest Florida State College
3. Mathew Hall – Guitar – Northwest Florida State College

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

We thank finals judges Rebecca Barry, Tim Jackson 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:

  • Avalex Technologies
  • Bob Byrnes
  • John and Myrl Eisinger
  • Paul and Marliese Herrick
  • Horizen Restaurant/Alice Chiang
  • Dave Jenson
  • Dave and Lyndi Kessler
  • Ralph Knowles
  • Tom and Kathy Lyon
  • Knox and Holly Parker
  • Arnold Seligman
  • Tom and Mary Sylte
  • Studer Foundation
  • Carolyn Tokson and Jeff Elliot
  • Dr. F. Norman and Betty Vickers
  • Roger and Kat Villines

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 jrvill (at)

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