Started in 2003, the Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival has grown to be the largest jazz festival of its kind matching more student groups and performers to professional jazz musicians through its clinician program than any other festival in the United States. This non-competitive festival puts education and jazz promotion and appreciation at its core. The festival draws over 10,000 people and provides a weekend of free jazz performance to the public and the chance for student groups to come in from around the state to work with professional musicians.
2017 Festival Headliners
Thursday – Thornapple Jazz Orchestra WSG John Hill
7:30 PM – First Presbyterian Church (405 N M-37)
Friday – Edye Evans-Hyde with a performance by the Festival Mass Choir and WMU Songbird
7:00 PM – Central Auditorium (509 S. Broadway)
Saturday – Gull Lake Jazz Orchestra with performances by the Middle and High School All Star Bands
5:00 PM – Thonapple Plaza (301 E State St. RAIN VENUE: Central Auditorium)
Admission to all concerts will be a free-will offering. All donations will benefit the Thornapple Arts Council. Donations are greatly appreciated and ensure that we can continue quality programming in Barry County.
2017 Full Schedule
Schedule Coming Soon
Combos at State Grounds Coffee House
Music In The Restaurants