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.

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

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 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 (coming soon)

 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 February 20th.  Checks also need to be received by 20th.  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

Registration & Hotel Info

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:  JITM 2015 REGISTRATION

(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 Info

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

Return often to this page for updated festival information……

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