We’re celebrating our 31st 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 27, 2016. 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.
In addition to the highest scoring bands, the grand finale concert will include a performance by a special guest artist, the New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Chicago’s All-Star Big Band. Bandleaders Andy Baker and Ken Partyka have assembled the city’s finest performers, writers and arrangers to form a world-class band that is uniquely Chicago. For more information, please visit their website: http://nsjazzorch.com/index.htm.
This year’s noontime artist is Big Bad Bones. From New York, the group features a quartet of fantastic trombonists – Luis Bonilla, Frank Cohen, Luke Malewicz, and John Yao. For more information visit: http://www.lukemalewicz.com/
The 31st 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.
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.
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!
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.
Registration & Hotel Information
Register below for up to four ensembles. Applications will be considered complete upon receipt of payment. The entry fee is $200 for big bands and Combos. 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 2016 REGISTRATION
(Make sure to print out each page of the form for your records before submitting.)
We look forward to seeing you at JITM 2016!!
For questions regarding volunteer opportunities email Christina Krawczyk at: email@example.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
3rd Place –- Ashwabenon HS and Lincoln-way West
2nd Place— Illinois Valley Central HS I
1st Place – Shawano HS I
3rd Place – Champaign HS I
2nd Place – Iowa City HS I
1st Place – Vernon Hills HS
3rd Place – Eastview HS I
2nd Place – John Hersey HS I
1st Place – Wheeling HS I
3rd Place – Lockport HS
2nd Place – Warren HS I
1st Place – Naperville North HS
Wheeling High School