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. Listed below are those such ensembles and individuals from 2018’s 51st Annual Jazz Festival.

Outstanding Groups

  • Elmhurst College Combo
  • Columbia College Combo
  • Northern Illinois University Combo
  • Western Michigan Big Band
  • Elmhurst College Big Band
  • Northern Illinois Big Band
  • Central Michigan Big Band
  • Roosevelt University Combo
  • Purdue University Big Band

Friday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m.

College of DuPage

  • Dirk Van Tellingen
  • Deb Zelman
  • Jeff Gorski

Elmhurst College

  • Trevor Hill
  • Cole Runge
  • Clay Corso
  • TJ Thompson

Trevecca Nazarene University (Combo)

  • Abraham Ward

Columbia College Chicago (Combo)

  • Imani Williams
  • Patrick Jasper
  • Jackson Shepard
  • Michael Hilgendorf
  • Chad Hunt
  • Andrew Gercak

Columbia College Chicago (Big Band)

  • Leon Allen
  • Adam Dib
  • Sloane Crawford

Morehead State University

  • Cole Cavanah

Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Millikin University

  • Emma Taylor
  • Max Dragoo

Texas Christian University

  • Austin Von Kalow
  • Gilbert Espinoza
  • Kaleb Knight

Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Northern Michigan University

  • Cameron VanOveren

University of Evansville

  • Logan Tsuji

Northern Illinois University (Combo)

  • Rob Nordli

UW Platteville

  • None

Morningside College

  • Cameron Sherlock
  • Tara Meinen
  • Dylan Root

Western Michigan University

  • Kyle Wheeler
  • Yakiv Tsuietinskyi
  • Brent Proseus
  • Ben Schmidt
  • Eddie Codrington

UW Whitewater (Band #1)

  • Bryce Strunk

Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Northern Illinois University (Big Band)

  • Rob Nordli
  • Andrew Strzyzewski
  • Sarah Clausen
  • Jonathan Daugherty
  • Kyle Brooks
  • Paul Perrilles
  • Sam Dando
  • Antonio Foster
  • Frank McKearn

Elmhurst College (Big Band)

  • T.J. Thompson
  • Konrad Malinowski
  • Clay Corso
  • Ron Roth
  • Jaime Ruiz
  • Trevor Hill

Sunday, Feb. 25

Central Michigan University

  • Andrew Jensen
  • Michael Hanna

Elmhurst College Lab Band

  • Cole Runge

Joliet Junior College

  • Ron Magiera
  • Nancy Lehman
  • David Patush
  • Christian Bierma

Roosevelt University (Combo)

  • Naomi Ayala
  • Brooke Boxrud
  • Matthew Frazetto
  • Bart Coye
  • Alex Frazzetto
  • Phineas Gleber
  • Josh Hill
  • Kenthaney Redmond

Harper College (Combo)

  • Nick Keriazakos-Bune

Purdue University

  • Nick Bellapianta
  • Peter Schulz
  • Mariah Ellwood

Roosevelt University (Big Band)

  • Kenthaney Redmond
  • Christian Allison

Harper College (Big Band)

  • Nick Kerizakos

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