Dear Junior High or High School Directors,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 32nd Annual JAZZ IN THE MEADOWS Jazz Festival held at Rolling Meadows High School on February 25, 2017. JAZZ IN THE MEADOWS offers junior and senior high school jazz ensembles and jazz combos the opportunity to perform for, and listen to, renowned jazz artists and clinicians.

We’re celebrating our 32nd 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 25, 2017. 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 5:00 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.

Grand Finale Guest Artist JEFF COFFIN and the MU’TET

The Mu’tet is led by Jeff Coffin, saophonist from Dave Matthews Band. A composer, educator, author, and 3x Grammy winner, you likely also know Jeff from his 14 year tenure with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (1997-2010). The Mu’tet also features Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Drums & Percussion (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones/5x Grammy winner); Felix Pastorius, Electric Bass; Bill Fanning, Trumpet & Space Trumpet; and Chris Walters, Piano & Keys.

The Mu’tet’s name stems from the word ‘mutation’, reflecting Coffin’s philosophy that music must continue to mutate and change in order to continue growing.

The band strives to expand themselves, as well as their fans, with music influenced by the deep, earthy wells of funk, jazz, African, New Orleans, Indian, folk, electronic, Gypsy, rock, Brazilian and other musical cultures and genres from around the world. Put your ear to the ground and give a listen.

Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet are unlike any band you have heard before!

been mu’tated…lately?


With a roster that includes students from Miami to Milwaukee, the NIU Jazz Orchestra has long been considered one of the best college jazz bands in the world.

The ensemble performed at the 54th annual Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago with saxophonist Jimmy Heath as the guest artist, and at the 28th annual International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference in New York with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis as the guest artist.

During the summer of 2001 the band performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, at the Jazz à  Vienne Festival in France and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

The list of guest artists with whom the ensemble has performed includes Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Tito Puente and James Moody, just to name a few.

In the summer of 1996 the NIU Jazz Orchestra performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland as Quincy Jones’s big band with guest artists Phil Collins, Patti Austin, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Chaka Kahn, Toots Theilman and James Morrison. 


Register below for up to four ensembles.   Applications will be considered complete upon receipt of payment.  The entry fee is $225 for each big band or combo.  Checks should be made payable to:

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

2017 Jazz in the Meadows Registration

2016 Results

Outstanding jazz soloist from each class.
Junior High Class – Autumn Smith on Trumpet from Sperreng Truman MS
Class 1A- Teddy Myers on Flugel/Trumpet from Shawnao HS
Class 2A- Dylan Barnett on Guitar from Vernon Hills HS
 Class 3A- Anthony Gonzales on Trombone from Wheeling HS
 Class 4A- James Cook on Alto Sax from Barrington HS
 High School 2nd Bands-   Sergio Sosa on Guitar from Warren HS
Small Combo ClassMaddi Vogel on Drums from Cary-Grove HS
Large Combo ClassJames Cook on Alto Sax from Barrington HS

Junior High Class
3rd place- Sperreng-Truman Middle School
2nd place- Holmes Middle School (from Wheeling)
1st place- Cooper Middle School

Combos- Large
3rd place- Lake Zurich HS
1st Place tie-  Barrington HS and John Hersey HS I

Combos- Small
3rd place- Limestone Community HS
2nd place- Wheeling HS
1st Place- Cary Grove HS

Class 1A
3rd Place –-Paxton Buckley Loda HS
2nd Place— Illinois Valley Central HS I
1st Place – Shawano HS I

Class 2A
3rd Place – Rockwood-Summit HS
2nd Place – Iowa City HS
1st Place – Vernon Hills HS

Class 3A
3rd Place –Mundelein HS I
2nd Place –Buffalo Grove HS I
1st Place –Wheeling HS I

Class 4A
3rd Place –Barrington HS
2nd Place- -Warren HS I
1st Place – John Hersey HS I

Second Band Class
3rd Place – Wheeling HS II
2nd place- Lindbergh HS II
1st place- John Hersey HS II

 Grand Champion for the Rolling Meadows Jazz In the Meadows 2016 was………Wheeling HS

 General Information

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

Cafeteria Menu

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.

 First Floor Map of Rolling Meadows High School

 Second Floor Map of Rolling Meadows High School

Ticket Information

Admission to the entire day’s events (including the Grand Finale) is $15 for adults, $10 for students & seniors. Families (up to 4) will be admitted for $35.

Admission to the Grand Finale ONLY is $10 for adults and $7 for students & seniors.

Proceeds from the event help us to allow our music programs to flourish and ensures our ability to offer this annual event to thousands of students throughout the Midwest.

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!

support Volunteer!

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

 Hotel Information

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


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



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