The National Jazz Festival was created by instrumental and vocal jazz directors, caring parents, supportive jazz musicians, and avid jazz supporters in an effort to fill the void of a lack of a major national jazz festival with an educational philosophy. Upon the cancellation of other festivals, the National Jazz Festival team saw a need to create an event that allows thousands of students to continue to share their talents and hard work with their peers from around the country. The festival executive committee is being led by Joe Bongiovi. Joe is the director of the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra and is also the band director at Princeton High School in New Jersey. Joe is currently the President of the New Jersey Association Of Jazz Educators (NJAJE). We are fortunate to have Joe’s extensive high school jazz festival experience and his ties to Philadelphia to help launch this festival.