We’re celebrating our 30th year of Jazz in the Meadows, the largest high school jazz event/competition in the Midwest. This premier jazz event, held by Rolling Meadows High School, is on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Dozens of high-school and junior-high jazz bands from all over the Midwest (and further) come to play and compete in over 100 performances. Everyone gets a great day of jazz and enjoys performances by some of the top school music programs and professionals in the jazz arena.
Beyond the actual participants, Jazz in the Meadows has become an event to be marked on the calendar for local jazz enthusiasts as well. The general public is welcome to attend and take in performances throughout the day and evening. While this is an educational event, guests will have the opportunity to listen to some of the top jazz bands and combos from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Missouri (see below for participating schools). Many of the jazz bands and combos participate in the competitive portion of the event in an effort to achieve top honors in their specific categories and earn the opportunity to participate in the grand finale concert at the end of the day.
Jazz in the Meadows kicks off at 8:00 AM with performances every half hour throughout the day in various locations throughout the school. The noontime concert will start at 12 PM. The grand finale concert is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:45 PM. The day is filled with great music, jam sessions, and clinics.
The competitive portion of the day will feature performances in four classes for high schools based on school size, a high-school combo competition, a single class for junior-high bands and a class specifically for “second bands” for high schools that support two levels. Each band will perform a fifteen-minute set followed by a period of evaluation and instruction on certain segments of the selections played. Feedback is presented to each performing group by a trio of jazz professionals and educators. Jazz in the Meadows draws on many colleges and universities in the Midwest to provide experienced educators on each panel.
JITM INFORMATION (including guest artist) WILL BE UPDATED IN THE COMING MONTHS. CHECK BACK OFTEN!