top of page



Will the daytime competition or evening finals be televised or live streamed?

There will be no live streaming of the bands for the daytime competition or evening finals.


Where is the schedule?

The preliminary (morning/afternoon) and evening finals schedules are here.


Where do I park?

Use Exit 146 (South University Blvd.) from US 30, then head north to Hilton Coliseum/Iowa State Center Parking Lots. Turn left on Center Drive just south of Hilton Coliseum. Free parking is available throughout the daytime and evening events. Lots B1 & C1 are spectator parking for Scheman performance centers. All lots south of Center Drive are spectator parking for Stephens Auditorium. Find the parking map here.


Where are the performances?

  • Classes 1A, 2A, and 3A (daytime): Scheman Building at the Iowa State University campus

  • Class 4A (daytime): Stephens Auditorium at the Iowa State University campus

  • Evening finals: Stephens Auditorium at the Iowa State University campus


How much is admission, may I purchase tickets in advance, and do you accept credit cards?

  • Admission for all classes of competition for the entire day of the Iowa Jazz Championships is $20, payable at the door with cash only.

  • Deeply discounted advance tickets are available for purchase here.

    • Use code EARLYBIRD for $12 tickets through Monday, March 25.

    • Use code ADVANCE for $15 tickets Tuesday, March 26 through Sunday, March 31.

    • Enter these codes on the order details page where you see “enter coupon code.”

  • All tickets are valid for a wristband that will allow entry to performances in all four classes and all locations. Children under 5 who sit on a lap are free. NO REFUNDS will be given for any reason. If you're not sure you can attend, tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event at regular price, cash only; no checks or credit cards.

  • ​Evening finals attendance is free thanks to the generosity of Musco Lighting.

How do I purchase a t-shirt?

First, check with your director, because many schools pre-order t-shirts for their students. If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, there are two options. (1) Place your order by March 19 at this website (this deadline is firm). (2) Purchase onsite at the event for $30, cash only (exact change, please). We highly recommend you purchase in advance; otherwise there is no guarantee you will receive your desired color or size.

Is food available at the competition?

Concessions are available in the Scheman Building during the preliminary (morning/afternoon) competition.  There is no food available for purchase at Stephens Auditorium.  No food is allowed in any of the performances venues.


When and where is the afternoon awards ceremony?

Awards will begin at approximately 5:15 in Stephens Auditorium.  At 4:30 p.m., the Blake Shaw Big(ish) Band will perform in Stephens Auditorium while results are tabulated.  1A, 2A, and 3A participants and supporters may begin entering at 3:15, however please be considerate of the 4A performing bands while entering. Only student participants may sit in the floor seating area (rows 1-32). Students enter through any of the main floor doors on the east side and proceed as far down the row as possible. Parents and other band supporters must sit in the balcony and loge seating areas, which are accessible through all three balcony levels. Standing in isles is not permitted. All participants, directors, parents, and guests should remain in their seats for the entire awards ceremony, which will finish by 5:45.


Are the performances recorded, and may I purchase a recording?

The Iowa Jazz Championships provides an audio performance recording to each school's director for archival purposes only.  The IJC does not keep copies of recordings and is unable to provide audio or video recordings from this year's or past performances.

bottom of page