The festival, now in its 48th year, will be held Feb. 14-16 at the university's Wilson Hall. Bands from 39 schools have registered, with the final evening featuring DiBlasio and the Rowan Jazz Band in a public concert tribute to late composer Oliver Nelson Sr.
"There are a lot of these festivals — high schools have them, colleges have them, often as a (student) recruiting tool. But most of them are competitions. I don't like that," DiBlasio says. "With our festival, there is no win or lose. The kids love it. If we made it competitive, it'd be the same five bands coming back every year."Read More