Elmhurst College Jazz Band
The Jazz Band has gained international acclaim as a truly outstanding collegiate jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Doug Beach, the band has received outstanding ratings at jazz festivals from many jazz greats including Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Conte Candoli, Pete Christlieb, Greg Hopkins, Jiggs Whigham, Rob McConnell and Bob Brookmeyer. In addition, the band has received numerous awards from DownBeat magazine.
The band has toured 17 nations and twice has been honored with invitations from the U.S. State Department to tour Europe. Frequent performances with well-known guest artists are a regular part of the band's schedule. Recent artists have included Bobby Shew, Louie Bellson, Pete Christlieb, Conte Candoli, Diane Schuur, Terry Gibbs, Lee Konitz, Denis DiBlasio, Clark Terry, Chris Vadala and Frank Mantooth. In addition, the band has commissioned a number of original works from such well-known composers as Bill Holman, Alan Broadbent and Denis DiBlasio.
The band also hosts the annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, a major event that attracts the best jazz bands from around the country and is adjudicated by the greatest names in jazz today. The band has produced numerous recordings, all available on CD. The Jazz Band is open by audition. Director: Doug Beach
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Elmhurst College Jazz Lab Band
Repertoire is drawn from contemporary big band literature. Provides jazz performance opportunities for jazz studies majors and majors in other disciplines. Fulfills the music major ensemble requirement for jazz studies majors after four terms of choir, concert band or orchestra have been fulfilled. Prerequisite: audition and consent of instructor. Instructor: Mike Pinto
Late Night Blues Vocal Jazz Ensemble
The vocal jazz ensemble Late Night Blues is an internationally acclaimed group that performs a variety of styles of music including jazz, funk, swing and pop. The students' non-stop energy, talent and professional standards have brought the group elite status as one of the most exciting collegiate vocal jazz ensembles in the United States.
Late Night Blues has won numerous honors and awards at the Collegiate Showcase Festival in Chicago. In addition to giving concerts frequently in the Chicago area, the group has been invited to perform at the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention, the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Music Conference, and John Jacobson's "America Sings" Festival. Audition required Director: Susan Moninger
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Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble
The vocal jazz ensemble Blue is for the study and performance of vocal jazz literature of all styles. This ensemble gives a concert each term as well as performances off campus. Prerequisites: audition and consent of instructor. Instructor: Gayle Bisesi