Saturday March 2nd 2019







The Plano Jazz Invitational provides students with positive and life changing experiences through interactions with outstanding musicians and educators. The PJI is a day of learning, excitement, and growth with students surrounded by inspiring musicians, educators and peers.



What makes the PJI Unique?

  • Morning and afternoon Q&A sessions with PJI Featured Guest Artist George Colligan.
  • Morning and afternoon Rhythm Section Masterclasses with PJI Staff.
  • Morning and afternoon Jam Sessions for students run by PJI staff.
  • Adjudication by current or retired public educators with extensive jazz experience. 
  • Prelims/Finals format with the top 3 HS groups plus the Outstanding MS group from the day performing for an audience of their peers at the evening concert.
  • Recorded comments from all 3 judges for detailed real-time feedback on your performance.
  • Re-cap sheets with scores from all 3 judges organized by caption.
  • Caption awards for outstanding WW's, Trumpets, Trombones, Rhythm Section, and Soloists.
  • Numerous on-site areas for students to hang out/mingle and store gear.
  • Director hospitality room with food, drinks, and snacks available throughout the day.

NEW for 2019-Non-Varsity Track

  • NON-competitive performance opportunity
  • 1 hour Full-Band Masterclass with New Orleans based Saxophonist and Educator Scott Johnson
  • Includes full access to all Masterclasses, Q&A's, Jam Sessions, and Evening Concert
  • Gives non-varsity or developing groups an option to participate in the Festival without the pressure of competition

Featured Artist:


  • Phil Alvarado - Jazz Educator (Garland ISD/Richardson ISD Retired)
  • David Pierce - Jazz Educator/Arranger (Essentially Ellington Finalist (Southlake Carroll) - Denton Based Composer Arranger)
  • Tonia Matthews - Jazz Educator (Austin ISD - Essentially Ellington Finalist)

PJI Staff:

  • Mark De Hertogh – Director (Director Plano Jazz Program, One O'Clock Lab Band)
  • Adam Hutcheson – Saxophone/Improvisation (One O’Clock Lab Band, NYC Based)
  • Jonny Harmon – Drums/Percussion (UNT Jazz Alumni)
  • Jacob Smith – Bass/Rhythm Section (One O’Clock Lab Band, Local Professional)
  • Scott Johnson – Saxophone/Improvisation/Band Masterclasses (New Orleans Based, Delfayo Marsalis Band)

Evening Concert:

  • Featuring George Colligan along with members of the PJI staff
  • Complimentary tickets provided for all attending students, directors, and chaperones.
  • Additional tickets for Parents and General Public will be available for $10 each at the door prior to the concert.