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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. Listed below are those such ensembles and individuals from 2020’s 53rd Annual Jazz Festival.

Outstanding Groups

Vocal Jazz Ensembles

  • DePaul University

Combos

  • University of Kentucky Mega-Sax Quartet
  • Columbia College Fusion Ensemble

Big Bands

  • Western Michigan University Big Band
  • Elmhurst University Jazz Band

Individual Student Awards

North Park University

  • Victor Guerrero
  • Thomas Schmidt

Judson University

  • Josh LaSota
  • Benjamin Johnson

Elmhurst University

  • Luke Stilwell
  • Juliette Gardiner
  • Christian Sanchez
  • Andrew Moreno
  • Thomas Kelliher
  • Cole Runge

Olivet Nazarene University Vocal Jazz

  • Eddie Andersen

DePaul University

  • Casey Dahl
  • Darby Barnett
  • Gabrielle Henderson
  • Riley Elmore
  • Franz Jeanpois

Elmhurst University Vocal Jazz

  • Dan VanZeeland

Hillsdale College

  • Molly Buccola
  • Carson Waites
  • Jacob Rummel

North Park University Big Band

  • Thomas Schmidt
  • Victor Guerrero
  • Hildur Hoglind

Olivet Nazarene University Big Band

  • Grant Nicholaus
  • Phillip Glover
  • Jayson Zorn

Columbia College Chicago Combo

  • Lorin Cleveland
  • Ben Jossi
  • Michael Hilgendorf
  • Justin Blanner
  • Brooke Wyatt
  • Parker Kaplan
  • Aduarius Stutts

Elmhurst University Big Band

  • Cole Runge
  • Diego Rodriguez
  • Andrew Moreno
  • Jaime Ruiz
  • Juliette Gardiner
  • Aron Callard
  • Gabby Bandera
  • Christian Sanchez

University of Illinois, Chicago Big Band

  • Graeme Boland
  • Alex Medina
  • Ben Byrd
  • Sam Zalewski
  • Vicki Beck
  • Salomon Flores
  • Jaydon Washington
  • Luke Sagadin

Waubonsee Community College Big Band

  • Mia Dominguez
  • Chris Overstreet

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Big Band 2

  • Michael Eaton
  • Jake Elliot
  • Alex Fiedler
  • Brandon Terwilliger
  • Enrique Chambers

University of Illinois, Chicago Jazz Workshop

  • Vicki Beck
  • Jacob McCullough
  • Derek Briones

Waubonsee Community College Combo

  • Chris Overstreet
  • Gunnar Magnuson
  • Monica Johnson
  • Zach Stephenson

University of Kentucky

  • Kirby Davis
  • Jacob O’Donnell
  • Noah Beckett
  • Adam O’Neal

Harper College

  • Nick Keriazakos
  • Jaien Little
  • Miles Bates
  • Jackson Kaprak

Wayne State University

  • Trevor Lamb
  • Eli Bucheit
  • Austin Di Pietro
  • Ian Lukas
  • Ryan Bills
  • Quentin Jensen

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Big Band 1

  • Maddie Mueller
  • Travis Mills
  • Jimmy King
  • Adam Hobson
  • Artrell Leflore

Purdue University

  • Brandon Wells
  • Matt Weaver
  • Nathan Gasteyer
  • Gregory Heskett
  • Matthew MacLean
  • Natalie Houghtalen
  • Mariah Ellwood
  • Peter Schulz
  • Anthony Hegarty
  • Alex Galbreath

Western Michigan University

  • Drew Deur
  • Andy Peck
  • Brent Proseus
  • Anthony Colella
  • Eddie Codrington
  • Quinn Blakeney
  • Jesse Lemons

Roosevelt University Big Band

  • Joshua Hill
  • Christian Allison
  • Jake Mitchell
  • Constantine Alexander
  • Noah Wagner
  • Thomas Vienna
  • Walter Sanchez
  • Matthew Frazzetto
  • Kenthaney Redmond

Elmhurst University Lab Band

  • Thomas Kelliher
  • Kyle Kotula
  • Sam Rivera

Joliet Junior College

  • Jan Murphy
  • Dave Griesemer
  • Nancy Lehman
  • Aiden Dehn

Harper College

  • Brian Conway
  • Yuki Nojima
  • Sean Ouimet
  • Michael Douglas
  • Danny Monzon
  • Miles Bates
  • Nick Russo

Roosevelt University Latin Jazz Ensemble

  • Karen Antunez
  • Miguel Martinez
  • Benji Sametz
  • Walter Sanchez
  • John Sundstrom
  • Nate Delivuk
  • Josh Hill
  • Alejandro Cortés

Murray State University

  • Ben Gerkins
  • Luke Weatherly
  • Liam Newman
  • Kayla Marie Little

Central Michigan University

  • Alex Prout
  • Aaron O’Connell
  • Zachary Gutman
  • Shannon West
  • Ryan Egeler
  • Jenna Zelasko
  • Cristina Smith
  • Ryan Cupp
  • Sydney Pointer

College of DuPage

  • Mark Riordan
  • Larry Pilon

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