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We’re celebrating our 29th 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 22, 2014. 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.

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In addition to the highest scoring bands, the grand finale concert will include a performance by a special guest artist. This year’s artist is 5-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, Victor Wooten with Derico Watson. Victor is a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours.

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There is also a noontime concert featuring a local guest artist. This year’s noontime artist is the the Lowdown Brass Band.

The 29th Annual Jazz in the Meadows will kick off at 8:00 a.m. with performances every half hour throughout the day in various locations in the school. The Noontime Concert will start at noon.  The Grand Finale Concert is scheduled to begin at approximately 4:45 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, and come in several package options. A $10 adult ticket allows access to all performances throughout the day, including the Grand Finale Concert. Senior citizens and students can enjoy the all-access pass for just $7.  A family of up to four can purchase a full-day pass for $25. Tickets to just the Grand Finale Concert are priced at $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Breakfast, lunch and snack items will be available throughout the day at several locations throughout the building.

There are numerous opportunities for families to volunteer to help with running the festival, so please consider volunteering to help at this event. Many hands are needed to make things run smoothly and all help is welcome. Please click the link below and scroll down to JITM to sign up!

support Volunteer Information

For more information about Jazz in the Meadows call 847-718-5752 or visit


Breakfast, lunch, and snack items will be available throughout the day at several locations throughout the building.

The schedule and school map will be available at the event, but you can get a headstart on planning your day by downloading them here. Directions to the school and parking locations are at the bottom of this page.

 Performance Schedule – Jazz at a Glance

 First Floor Map of Rolling Meadows High School

 Second Floor Map of Rolling Meadows High School


Return to this page for updated festival information……

JITM 2014 Participating Schools:

Antioch Community High School
Barrington High School
Belvidere High School
Belvidere North High School
Bloomington High School North
Bolingbrook High School
Buffalo Grove High School
Carl Sandburg High School
Carl Sandburg Junior High School
Carmel Catholic High School
City High School
Concord Community High School
Cooper Middle School
Dunlap High School
Elk Grove High School
Fremd High School
Fremont Middle School
Holmes Middle School
Illini Bluffs High School
Illinois Valley Central High School
Jersey Community High School
John Hersey High School
Kaneland High School
Lake Zurich High School
Limestone Community High School
Lincoln Middle School
Lincoln-Way Central High School
Lincoln-Way East High School
Lincoln-Way North High School
Lindbergh High School
Mahomet-Seymour Jr. High School
Marmion-Rosary High School
Monticello High School
Mossville Junior High
Palatine High School
Pattonville High School
Paxton Buckley Loda High School
Paxton Buckley Loda Jr. High School
Prospect High School
Rich Central High School
River Trails Middle School
Rockwood South Middle School
Rolling Meadows High School
Saint Patrick High School
Saint Viator High School
Sandwich High School
Schaumburg High School
Shawano High School
Sperreng/Truman Middle School
Sycamore High School
Thomas Middle School
Vernon Hills High School
Warren Township High School
West Aurora High School
Wheaton North High School
Wheeling High School
Yorkville High School