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Jazz Festival

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – Jazz Festival

Rochelle High School 


Jazz Groups:    8:30-Seating:                Jazz Band I-Band Room

                                                              Jazz Band II-Library

                                                              Honors Vocal Jazz-Auditorium Stage

                                                              District 8 Vocal Jazz - Choir Room

                                                              Junior Jazz BandE122


8:30

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11:30

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Vocal Jazz Warmup/Rehearsal

8:45

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12:00

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Jazz Band Rehearsal

11:30

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12:30

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Lunch: Vocal Jazz

12:00

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1:00

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Lunch: Jazz Bands

12:30

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3:00

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Sectionals/Rehearsal with Combo: VJE

1:00

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3:00

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Rehearsal: Jazz Bands

1:00

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1:25

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Jazz Band I  On Stage Sound Check

1:35

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2:00

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Jazz Band II  On Stage Sound Check

2:10

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2:35

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Honors VJE  On Stage Sound Check

2:45

2:45

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3:10

 3:15

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District VJE  On Stage Sound Check

Junior Jazz Band dress for concert

3:20

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3:45

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Junior Jazz On Stage Sound Check

3:00

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3:45

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Senior Groups dress for concert

 

 

4:00

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Concert in Auditorium


 

 

Note:  There is a $5.00 concert admission fee for each of the Jazz, Junior, and Senior concerts.  Children 12 & under and Sr. Citizens are free.  Doors open 15 minutes before concert time. The Junior and Senior Band/Chorus Concerts will be held in the Competition Gym of DeKalb High School 501 W. Dresser, DeKalb.  The Junior and Senior Orchestra Concert will be held at DeKalb High School in the Auditorium. The Junior/Senior Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensemble concert will be held in the Auditorium located at Rochelle High School, Rochelle.


Directors - Fill out the information on the  Student Emergency Contact Form (29.4 KB) . Be sure to include all students that will be in attendance at the Jazz Festival. Print out a hard copy and bring it with you.

Download the following 2015 letters in PDF.  Jazz Participant Letters (1.7 MB)

Maps are included in the .pdf download.

 

ILMEA District 8 Jazz Festival

Rochelle Township High School, Rochelle, IL

 

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Dear Jazz Festival Participant:

Congratulations on your selection!  You have been chosen to represent your school and your ensemble at the IMEA District 8 Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 14, 2015.  Below is a schedule for the day and other informational items.  Your music is enclosed, and we need for you to bring it on the day of the performance.  Please bring a pencil, as you will need it to make notations throughout the day. 

 

Schedule

8:30 - Jazz Band seating/individual warm-up/Vocal Jazz warmup and rehearsal

8:45 - 12:00-Rehearsal * Jazz Band I – Band Room * Jazz Band II – Library * Jr. Jazz Band – E122 (between stage and library * District Vocal Jazz - Choir Room * Honors Vocal Jazz – Auditorium

9:00 - 10:15 - Director’s CPDU Credit - Jazz Roundtable discussion - Director's room (upstairs)

11:30 - 12:30 - Vocal Jazz Lunch/Call-Back Auditions for State

12:00 - 1:00 Instrumental Jazz Lunch

12:30 - 3:00 - VJE Sectionals/Rehearsal with Combo

1:00 - 3:00 - Instrumental Rehearsals and on-stage sound checks

         (Director’s meeting at 1:15)

2:45 - Junior Jazz Band breaks and dresses for concert.  Be on stage for your sound

check at the appropriate time given below.


Sound check times:   

JB I – 1:00-1:25

JB II – 1:35-2:00

Honor Vocal Jazz – 2:10-2:35

District 8 Vocal Jazz - 2:45-3:15

Junior JB – 3:20-3:45

 

3:00-3:45 - High school ensembles break and dress for concert.  Your director may have an earlier call time.

4:00 - Concert in RTHS Auditorium - Performance Order - Junior JB, District VJE, JBII, Honors VJE, JBI

Remember that the quality of the performance will depend upon your preparation.  Please practice this music over the next several weeks so you are very familiar with it.  Also, it is a good idea to listen closely to recordings of the pieces you are receiving.  Much important information about how to prepare and perform this music can be found on recordings, which are more readily available than ever (itunes.com, for example).   We have some excellent guest directors, and they are expecting our students to be prepared.

Instrumental Jazz Ensembles 2015 

 

What to bring on the festival day -

 

  • Your instrument, music, and a pencil
  • Change of clothes (see below)
  • Any extra accessories for your instrument (reeds, valve oil, mutes etc.).  There will be no way to purchase anything on the festival day.
  • Check your music for any other accessories such as mutes, percussion toys, etc.  Whatever is on your part, you are required to bring.  Please don’t expect the host school to provide anything for you.
  • Drummers:  Sr. Jazz II drummer should bring his/her own kit.  Please limit yourself to a standard jazz drum set:  snare, bass, 2-3 toms, hi-hat, 1-4 cymbals.  This will make the rehearsal set-up much more efficient, and you will not need more equipment than this to play the music.  The set for the Sr. Jazz I drummer and the Jr. Jazz drummer will be provided by Rochelle Township High School.
  • Guitars:  bring your instrument, a reasonably sized amp, and pedals and special effects specifically required by the music. 
  • Bassists:  Sr. Jazz II bassist should bring his/her own amp.  Sr. Jazz I and Jr. Jazz bassists will have amps provided.  Everyone should bring their own instruments. 
  • Guzzardo Performance Music of Rockford has generously offered to provide a drum set and bass amp in the auditorium for the afternoon concert.  This will lessen the transition time between ensembles. 
  • $5.00 for lunch (pizza and pop, etc.  All items a la carte).

Dress 

We want to project a mature and professional image to our audience and ourselves.  Please respect the dress requirements.


  • All students (for performance) – Please no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, gym shoes, etc.
  • Men – Dress pants, socks, shoes, shirt and tie.  Sweaters and jackets are optional.  Turtlenecks may be worn, but only with a sweater or jacket.
  • Women – A nice shirt or blouse, dress pants, and dress shoes are recommended.  Skirts or dresses are not required, as it can be difficult to sit with proper posture while wearing them.  

I look forward to hearing all of you perform.  Thank you in advance for all your hard work and preparation.  If you have any questions, please have your director contact me.  See you on November 14, 2015.

 

Jeremiah Kramper

ILMEA District 8 Jazz Band Representative

Hononegah Community High School

307 Salem Street

Rockton, IL 61072

jkramp@hononegah.org

Office Phone:  815-624-5093

 

Scott Mertens

ILMEA District 8 Jazz Band Representative Elect

Sycamore Middle School

150 Maplewood Dr.

Sycamore, IL 60178

smertens@syc427.org

815-899-8170

 

 

 

Vocal Jazz Ensembles 2015 

CONGRATULATIONS! You have made it into the 2015 District 8 Vocal Jazz program. We are proud to begin a new chapter for vocal jazz in our district with the creation of a second ensemble. We will now feature a District 8 Vocal Jazz Ensemble and a District 8 Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Congratulations on being the first students to participate!

This will be an exciting, enjoyable, and instense festival and we are proud to welcome guest clinicians/directors Mr. James Yarbrough with the VJE and Ms. Kristin Sponcia with the HVJE.  They are both familiar with many of your directors and our district and are looking forward to working with YOU!

Two words sum up what you should know for the day..."BE PREPARED!" If you follow those two simple words of wisdom, you will have a memorable and rewarding day.


The following is expected of you.
  • All music is to be memorized! Again, you should have all your music memorized prior to coming to the festival. If you were unsure, have all 5 pieces memorized! You are required to turn in your music on the festival day.
  • Have a willingness to expand out of your "box." Be willing to try new things and do things differently.
  • Review all information in this packet (or online). You may access your ensemble online folders using the links below. It is crucial that you are accessing these folders daily as you are preparing for the festival. you will find rehearsal tracks, recordings, rehearsal notes, a letter from your director, along with other important items!
**NEW** REHEARSAL BEFORE DISTRICTS!!
 
This year, I have teamed up with Mrs. Amy Jensen from Hononegah High School to hold your first ensemble rehearsal. This rehearsal is not madatory but is highly recommended. The directors from Rochelle and Hononegah have guaranteed their student's participation, however we would like to have all of the schools and students participate! This rehearsal will be on Thursday, October 29 at Rochelle Township High School. We will provide pizza and pop at 6 PM and will have rehearsal from 6:30-8:30. Please do your best to make this rehearsal. This will help ensure a great concert on festival day!

What to bring on the festival day
  • Your music - All music from the ILMEA is to be turned in on that day.
  • Pencil
  • Concert Clothes (see below)
  • Lunch: $5 for 2 slices of pizza, drink, chips and dessert OR bring a bagged lunch
  • A positive attitude
Concert Dress
We want to project a mature and professional image to our audience and ourselves. Please respect the dress requirements.
  • All Students - Please no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, gym shoes, etc.
  • Men - Dress pants, socks, shoes, shirt and tie. Sweaters and jackets are optionsl. Turtlenecks may be worn, but only with a sweater or jacket.
  • Women - A nice shirt or blouse, dress pants, and dress shoes are recommended. Skirts or dresses are not required, as it can be difficult to sit with proper posture while wearing them.
All-State Eligibility
Only 11th and 12th grade students are eligible for the All-State Festival. There are two Vocal Jazz Ensembles at the All-State Festival; All-State VJE and All-State Honors VJE. Students who do not fully participate in their district festivals are not eligible for All-State participation.

All-State Honors VJE Call Back Auditions
Select students will be asked to do a second audition during the District Jazz Festival. Students are selected for this second audition based on the first audition performance. These second auditions will be recorded and used to help determine the selection of some of the students for State. BEING CALLED BACK IS NOT A GUARANTEE TO ANY ALL-STATE ENSEMBLE. LIKEWISE, NOT BEING ASKED TO HAVE A CALL BACK DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU WILL NOT BE SELECTED FOR STATE! Words of wisdom: everyon should be prepared for a call back! If you are asked -- great. Do your best. If you are not asked -- great. Continue to do your best!

All-State VJE
Students will be considered for this ensemble based on their first audition. Second auditions will not be considered for this group. Typically, only 2-4 students from District 8 are selected for this 24 voiced ensemble.

Dress
We want to project a mature and professional image to our audience and ourselves. Please respect the dress requirements.
  • All students - Please no jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, gym shoes, etc.
  • Men - Dress pants, socks, shoes, shirt and tie. Sweaters and jackets are optional. Turtlenecks may be worn, but only with a sweater or jacket
  • Women - A nice shirt or blouse, dress pants, and dress shoes are recommended. Skirts or dresses are not required, as it can be difficult to sit with proper posture while wearing them.
Concert Information
There is a $5.00 concert admission ticket price. Children 12 and under and Sr. Citizens are admitted free of charge. Doors open 15 minutes prior to concert time. The Jr/Sr Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensemble concert will be held in the Rochelle High School Auditorium, in Rochelle, IL. The concert order is Jr. Jazz Band, Jazz Band II, VJE, Jazz Band I.

I look forward to hearing all of you perform. Thank you in advance for all your hard work and preparation. If you have any questions, please have your director contact me. 

I look forward to seeing all of you and working with you on November 14th.

Mr. Cory Jones
Vocal Jazz Representative
Rochelle Township High School
815.562.4161 x6110
d8vocaljazz@ilmea.org
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