JITM 30 years logoWe’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.

poster_thwr_newIn addition to the highest scoring bands, the grand finale concert will include a performance by a special guest artist, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. A Grammy and Emmy Award-winner, Gordon leads one of the most dynamic and entertaining bands in the world featuring the finest players that Los Angeles has to offer. For more information visit http://www.bigphatband.com/

psyclesThere is also a noontime concert featuring a local guest artist. This year’s noontime artist is Chris Siebold & Psycles. Chris is one of the most in-demand guitarists in the city and his band is comprised of some of the best musicians that Chicago has to offer. For more information visit http://chrissiebold.com/

The 30th 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. Various ticket packages and prices for the day and the Grand Finale Concert will be announced soon.

 General Information

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 head start 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

Ticket Information

All pre-order ticket sales will end on Tuesday, February 24th.  Checks also need to be received by 24th.  After that date, admission wristbands will only be sold at the door. Wrist band admissions may be purchased for the following:

Full Day/Night Admission= Yellow wrist band
$15 for adults/$10 for students/senior citizens
$35 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children)

Grand Finale Concert Admission= Purple wrist band
$10 for adults
$7 for students/senior citizens

Click the link for more information and to purchase your wristband:

cinema_ticket Jazz in the Meadows Wristbands

Volunteer Information

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!

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Parking Information

Attendees of Jazz in the Meadows should park their vehicles in the school’s front parking lot (north of the school). Buses ONLY park in the parking lot behind the school. Should the front parking lot be full, patrons may park in the lot across Central Rd. at John G. Conyers Learning Academy or at Willow Bend School on Barker Avenue. No parking is allowed along the fence lines along the east driveway. Click the link below to see a parking map.

carParking Map

Registration & Hotel Information

Register below for up to four ensembles. Applications will be considered complete upon receipt of payment. The entry fee is $250 for big bands and $200 for Combos. Due to the large expense of bringing in GORDON GOODWIN’S BIG PHAT BAND, and not wanting to charge you additional individual tickets for the Grand Finale Concert, we are needing to raise the entry fee for this year only to help and offset the cost. Checks should be made payable to:

Rolling Meadows High School Music Boosters
2901 Central Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

The Double Tree in Arlington Heights is our hotel sponsor.  Please contact them if you are in need of hotel rooms.

75 W. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois, 60005

Here is the link to the online registration form:

(Make sure to print out each page of the form for your records before submitting.)

We look forward to seeing you at JITM 2015!!

Contact Information

For questions regarding registration & the festival, call (847) 718-5752 or email chris.buti@d214.org or kevin.carroll@d214.org

For questions regarding volunteer opportunities email Christina Krawczyk at: jazzinthemeadows@rmhsmusicboosters.com


The outstanding soloists awards:
Junior High Class – Morgan Tadish on trombone from Holmes MS
Class 1A – Michael Duling on Piano from Paxton-Buckley-Loda HS
Class 2A -Ben Moser on bass from Pattonville HS
Class 3A – Joack Coatse on trombone from Lincoln-Way North HS
Class 4A – Alec McKeska on guitar from Naperville North HS
High School 2nd Bands- Ryan Mondak on guitar from Champaign HS II
Small Combo Class- Eugene Yakubocich on Alto Sax from Wheeling HS
Large Combo Class- Pascal Pahl on trumpet and voice, Elk Grove HS Combo

Class Ensemble Awards were:
Junior High Class
3rd place- Sperreng-Truman JHS
2nd place- Holmes MS
1st place- Cooper MS

High School “Second Band” Class
2nd place- tie Mundelein HS II and John Hersey HS II
1st place- Wheeling HS II

Combos- “Large ” School
3rd place- Barrington HS Combo
1st Place- tie Naperville North HS Combo and John Hersey HS Combo I

Combos- “Small ” Small School
3rd place- Deerfield HS Combo I
2nd place- Champaign Central HS Combo I
1st Place- Wheeling HS Combo I

Class 1A
3rd Place –- Ashwabenon HS and Lincoln-way West
2nd Place— Illinois Valley Central HS I
1st Place – Shawano HS I

Class 2A
3rd Place – Champaign HS I
2nd Place – Iowa City HS I
1st Place – Vernon Hills HS

Class 3A
3rd Place – Eastview HS I
2nd Place – John Hersey HS I
1st Place – Wheeling HS I

Class 4A
3rd Place – Lockport HS
2nd Place – Warren HS I
1st Place – Naperville North HS

Wheeling High School


10 thoughts on “JAZZ IN THE MEADOWS”

  1. Will the results from the bands who participated in the Jazz competition be posted on this website or do we need to wait to hear from our band directors?

    1. Yes and no. We post the awards but not the specific scores. The band directors are given the specific results and a summary sheet.

    1. I’m sorry, but I don’t have that information as I was escorting the Big Phat Band at that time. I think that I heard that they played an arrangement of Stella by Starlight. You should try contacting the Wheeling HS director, Brian Logan, to be sure.

  2. Thank you, Kevin. Also, 2 questions if I may: Besides Wheeling and Shawano, what were the other 3 schools that performed for the final competition? Also, I recall that one of the bands played a piece by Matt Ferguson. Could you recall which school and the band leader’s name of that school that played that piece? I thought it was Wheeling, but perhaps Naperville. Thank you so much, Kevin.

    1. There were two other bands, Naperville Central and Vernon Hills were the other bands. Again, I was out of the room for most of the finals so I can’t speak to specific pieces. I’d recommend contacting Chris Buti who will probably have what you need.

      1. Kevin, who is Chris Buti? Would he have the names of the pieces that each of the bands played? Also, I have a question about a piece that the Big Phat Band played too. Would you know the name of the second piece they played that night? Thank you again so much. I appreciate it so much.

      2. I don’t recall the BPB’s second tune. Chris Buti is the Director of Bands at RMHS and might have that info. His email can be found on the website.

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