Fayetteville Jazz Festival 

Something for everyone!

~ Workshops ~ Concerts ~ Lectures ~ School Ensemble Performances and Adjudications ~

All performances and presentations free and open to the public!

Garrett Schmidt


Garrett Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Jazz, teaches jazz trumpet, jazz arranging, jazz combo, jazz improvisation, and directs the Concert Jazz Band at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Before moving back to Illinois, Garrett was an active musician in New York City.

Garrett is an active clinician and performer. He has performed world-wide with the Maria Schneider Orchestra(Tokyo Blue Note, Jazz Standard, University of Maryland, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, Barcelona, Luxembourg, Vienna, Zürich, Geneva, Basel). He has also performed/toured with the Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project, John LaBarbera Big Band, Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Who, Weird Al Yankovic, Boyz II Men, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Garrett holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music. His debut small group release, Prairie Tales, can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes and is available on most streaming platforms.

Alisha Pattillo


Alisha Pattillo, is a half-Australian half-English raised in Singapore saxophonist now residing in Fayetteville AR.  She has traveled the world performing at Music Festivals and clubs in major cities such as Singapore, Orvieto, Umbria (Italy),  Brisbane (Australia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Austin (TX), Houston (TX), Dallas (TX), Lafayette (LA), Memphis (TN). Current projects include leading her own Jazz group, “Alisha’s Quartet” ,  her own Funk & Blues Project “H-Town Collective” in addition to being a member of various corporate Top 40 / Cover bands in the Houston & Dallas area.  In 2013 Alisha was offered artist endorsements with Antigua Winds (saxophone manufacturer) and Theo wanne mouthpieces (mouthpiece manufacturer).   Alisha Pattillo started playing the saxophone at the age of 11 at the United World College of S.E Asia. Five years later; she could be spotted playing in professional working bands around Singapore’s Night Clubs & Bars.   At the end of 2006 Alisha received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Saxophone and Education Preparation from Australia’s prestigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music, in Brisbane. As of 2007 Alisha relocated to the USA (Houston, Texas) to further pursue her musical career.   In 2010 she was approached by “King of The Texas Blue Piano” Ezra Charles to join his band to tour around the US and internationally. In January 2012 Alisha started a side project and formed her jazz group “Alisha’s Quartet” and released “Along for the Ride” in September of that year.  Alisha’s Quartet was nominated three years in a row by the Houston Press for “Best Jazz”   In 2015 she released a collaborative studio project “Billabong Island Sound”.    In December 2016 Alisha became a full time member of The Walton Stout Band, based in Dallas TX.     Alisha has performed with a variety of world renown artists such as: Joe Sample (Jazz Crusaders), Portugal The Man, Archie Bell, Ezra Charles, Milton Hopkins, and Trudy Lynn.  Aside from performing, Alisha shares her passion for music in the form of teaching private lessons, arranging and recording for various studio projects.


April 11: Fayetteville Public Library

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lecture Presentation, Dr. Kimberly Hannon Teal, University of Arkansas

2:30 – 3:15 pm Listening to Jazz Workshop, Dr. Kimberly Hannon Teal & Alisha’s Quartet

3:15 – 4:00 pm Performance by Alisha’s Quartet

April 24: U of A Campus; Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

2:00 – 3:30 pm Masterclass with U of A Jazz Students

4:00 – 5:00 pm Masterclass with U of A Trumpet Studio

April 25: U of A Campus; Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall & Epley Band Hall

8:00 – 8:25 am School 1 Adjudication Performance (Clinic 8:30-8:50am)

8:30 – 8:55 am School 2 Adjudication Performance (Clinic 9:00-9:20am)

9:00 – 9:25 am School 3 Adjudication Performance (Clinic 9:50-9:50am)

9:30 – 9:55 am School 4 Adjudication Performance (Clinic 10:00-10:20am)

10:00 – 10:25 am School 5 Adjudication Performance (Clinic 10:50-10:50am)

10:30 – 10:55 am School 6 Adjudication Performance (Clinic 11:00-11:20am)

11:00 – 10:25 am School 7 Adjudication Performance (Clinic 11:30-11:50am)

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break – On Your Own

1:00 – 1:50 pm Garrett Schmidt Clinic

2:00 – 2:50 pm Alisha Pattillo Clinic

3:30 – 4:30 pm Roundtable Discussion with UA Music Majors

3:30 – 4:30 pm Selected student soloists rehearse with Guest Artists and UA Jazz Faculty

5:00 – 6:30 pm Final Concert featuring Alisha Pattillo, Garret Schmidt, U of A Jazz Faculty, and student soloists

School Adjudication Performances & Coaching Clinics

Jazz band directors, fine tune your ensemble with adjudication and coaching by professional musicians! No competition – just evaluation and coaching in a supportive environment.

  • Prepare and perform 20 minutes of music for adjudication
  • Receive 20 minutes of coaching by festival clinician
  • Enjoy other ensemble performances
  • Selected student soloists perform in final concert with clinicians and U of A faculty
  • Several 2020 Youth Jazz Camp scholarships awarded

The registration fee is $100 per ensemble.  Click HERE to enroll your group now! Click HERE for details about ensemble participation.

For More Information About Registration     Nastassja Riley, 479-575-6491 or cms@uark.edu 

For More Information About the Event     Chris Teal,  uofacmsjazz@gmail.com 

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