Soloist Awards
Junior High Class – Owen Jefcoat, Trombone from Sperring-Truman Class 1A – Nathan Meisner, Trombone, Shawano HS I
Class 2A – Ethan Siau, Drums and Vibraphone, Vernon Hills HS I
Class 3A – August Braatz, Trombone, Beloit Memorial HS I
Class 4A – Brandon Jaimes, Trombone, Schaumburg HS I
High School 2nd Bands– Andrea Moreno, Alto Sax, Wheeling HS II

In addition to winning the Soloist Award for their class, the two Outstanding Combo Soloists will each also receive a $250 Scholarship provided by Midwest Young Artists that can be used for either the 2018 Chicago Jazz Workshop or the 2018-19 Season at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory Jazz Program.

Small Combo ClassRiley Nicholas, Guitar from Cary Grove HS
Large Combo ClassGarrett Frees, Tenor Sax, Naperville North HS

Ensemble Placements
Junior High Class
 3rd place- Old Quarry Middle School
2nd place- Sperreng/Truman Middle School
1st place- Holmes Middle School

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

Combos- Large
3rd Place- John Hersey HS Jazz Combo 1
2nd Place- Whitney Young HS Jazz Combo
1st Place- Naperville North Jazz Combo

Combos- Small
3rd place- Pattonville HS
2nd place- Cary-Grove HS Jazz Combo
1st Place- Wheeling HS Jazz Combo 1

Class 1A
3rd Place – Denmark HS
2nd Place- Illinois Valley Central HS I
1st Place – Shawano HS I

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

Class 3A
3rd Place – Mundelein HS I
2nd Place- Wheeling HS I
1st Place- Beloit Memorial HS I

Class 4A
3rd Place – William Fremd HS
2nd Place- Warren Township HS Ensemble 1
1st Place – Naperville North HS

The Grand Champion is Beloit Memorial HS directed by Chris Behrens
We hope to see you at next year’s festival on February 23, 2019.



Dear Junior High or High School Directors,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 33rd Annual JAZZ IN THE MEADOWS Jazz Festival held at Rolling Meadows High School on February 24, 2018. 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 33rd 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 24, 2018. 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 some 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.

East Hubbard Jazz Orchestra
Grand Finale Guest Artist

The East Hubbard Jazz Orchestra takes residency at Andy’s Jazz Club digging into music from the finest writers from the past half-Century. Taking it’s name from the Hubbard Street address of Andy’s, the band is fortunate to call one of the best jazz clubs in the world “home.” Featuring many of the city’s most creative and active musicians, the ensemble is led by trombonist and composer Luke Malewicz, and performs Tuesday evenings 9:30pm-1am through the end of December.

“It’s late Tuesday night at Andy’s Jazz Club, on East Hubbard Street, and there isn’t a spare seat in the house.

On stage, a group of 20- and 30-somethings are blasting away at music written decades before they were born — and playing it as if it had been penned yesterday.” – Howard Reich

“In effect, an ensemble of accomplished young musicians is reaffirming one of the eternal verities of jazz: There’s nothing more exciting than hearing a big band in a small room.

The aptly named East Hubbard Jazz Orchestra launched its weekly residency at Andy’s over the summer and clearly has built a following. For good reason: These musicians dispatch music of Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington and others with obvious verve and with zero interest in nostalgia.” – Howard Reich

University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band
Noontime Guest Artist

For over thirty years, the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band has established a reputation for excellence through performances in Europe, the Soviet Union, and throughout the United States. The University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band under the direction of Professor McNeill has been invited to past IAJE performances in NYC and Montreal, numerous jazz festival performances including The North Texas Jazz Festival (where they won the Dr. Gene Hall award for best big band), The Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, The Elmhurst Jazz Festival and the Northern Colorado Jazz Festival to name a few. Other Significant Past performances include the the Mobile Jazz Festival, the Intercollegiate Jazz Festival at St. Louis, The Millikin Jazz Festival and The Purdue Jazz Festival.

The group also has numerous CD recordings available for sale the latest of which is a double CD entitled “Freeplay” and has garnered critical acclaim.  All the compositions and arrangements on “Freeplay” were done by members of the ensemble and some of the compositions/arrangements have won awards including the JEN conference best student jazz composition/arrangement award at the 2011 and 2014 JEN conference and an ASCAP best composition award for 2011. The band was also invited to perform at the 2012 and 2014 JEN conferences in Louisville, KY and Dallas, TX, the Midwest band and orchestra clinic for 2011 in Chicago, IL and has previously been invited to perform at the IAJE conferences in New York and Toronto, Canada.  Original compositions and arrangements by members of the band are featured on the band’s earlier CD’s “Get Here Sooner”, and “As Of Yet” and our double CD, “Freeplay”. The band has a new CD soon to be released in featuring the U of I jazz faculty and the CJB performing the music of Park “Pepper” Adams-legendary jazz baritone saxophonist.

In addition, the band features downbeat student award winners in jazz vocal performance and jazz instrumental performance as well as Jazz arranging/composition winners.


Register below for up to four ensembles. Applications will be considered complete upon receipt of payment. The entry fee is $230 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

Click the link to register:
2018 Jazz in the Meadows Registration

 General Information

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

Menu (Coming Soon)

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

Performance Schedule (Subject to Change)
17-18 Jazz at a Glance 10


Program Book Advertising

JITM 2018 Ad Form


The outstanding soloists are:
Junior High Class – Anabel Perez-Brennam on drums from Holmes MS
Class 1A – John Offuit on alto sax from Illinois Valley Central HS I
Class 2A – Joey Schnoebelen on trumpet form Iowa City HS I
Class 3A – Lewis Monaxious on tenor sax from Wheeling HS
Class 4A – Joey Raneri on bass from Fremd HS I
High School 2nd Bands– Kevin Brawer on tenor sax from Naperville North HS
Small Combo Class- Matthew Jarosch on trombone from Elk Grove HS
Large Combo Class-Joey Ranieri on bass from Fremd HS

Big Band Ensemble Awards
Junior High Class
3rd place- Cooper MS
2nd place- Sperreng/Truman MS
1st place- Holmes MS

Combos- “Large” School

3rd Place- Barrington HS
2nd Place- Hersey HS I
1st Place- Fremd HS

Combos- “Small” School

3rd place- Deerfield HS
2nd place- Wheeling HS
1st Place- Cary Grove HS

Class 1A

3rd Place – St. Patrick HS
2nd Place—Denmark HS
1st Place – Illinois Valley Central HS I

Class 2A

3rd Place – Limestone HS
2nd Place – Vernon Hills HS
1st Place – Iowa City HS I

Class 3A

3rd Place – Wheeling HS I
2nd Place Mundelein HS I
1st Place- Beloit Memorial HS I

Class 4A

3rd Place – Naperville North HS I
2nd Place- Warren HS I
1st Place – Fremd HS I

Second Band Class

3rd Place – Lincolnway East HS II
2nd place- Hersey HS II
1st place- Lindenbergh HS II

The Grand Champion for the Rolling Meadows Jazz In the Meadows 2017 is………
Beloit Memorial HS directed by Chris Behrens


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