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Awards

Throughout the Festival, our guest artists/adjudicators designate individual musicians as “outstanding” for solo, section, or composing/arranging work. At the close of the weekend, they designate a handful of ensembles as “outstanding” overall.

These ensembles were named “outstanding” by our three guest adjudicators at 2021’s 54th annual Elmhurst University Jazz Festival:

Big Bands

  • Elmhurst University Jazz Band
  • University of North Texas Two O’Clock Lab Band
  • Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra

Combos

  • Columbia College Chicago Fusion Combo
  • Elmhurst University Combo
  • University of Kentucky Mega-Sax

The following individual musicians were also named “outstanding” by our three guest adjudicators:

Columbia College Chicago – Combo

  • Suhyun Paik

Columbia College Chicago – Fusion Combo

  • Justin Blanner
  • Kayla Henderson
  • Ben Whitney
  • Brooke Wyatt

Elmhurst University – Combo

  • Alan Batek
  • Matt Garcia
  • Juliette Gardiner
  • Diego Rodriguez
  • Christian Sanchez
  • Dan VanZeeland

Elmhurst University – Jazz Band

  • Juliette Gardiner
  • Diego Rodriguez
  • Christian Sanchez
  • Dan VanZeeland

Harper College

  • Jon Proctor

Purdue University

  • Sirena Linton

University of Kentucky – Big Band

  • Kirby Davis
  • Jacob O’Donnell
  • David Vest

University of Kentucky – Mega Sax

  • Kirby Davis
  • Jacob O’Donnell
  • Adam O’Neal
  • Dalton Stanland

Western Michigan University – Jazz Orchestra

  • Ben Crino
  • Josiah DeNooyer
  • Peter Formanek
  • Kazuke Takamura

University of North Texas – Two O’Clock Lab Band

  • Trevor English
  • Joe Garza
  • Kyle McGee
  • Will Peters
  • Paris Valinier

Whitworth University – Big Band

  • Natalie Whitlock

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