Awards

Throughout the 51st Festival, this page will be updated with individual student musicians designated by our guest artist/adjudicators as “outstanding” for solo, section, or composing/arranging work. In the meantime, here is the list from 2017’s 50th annual Festival.

Thursday, Feb. 23 High School Invitational

  • Thornridge High School: Destin Miller, Sonja Bradley, Chris Johnson, Tavier Robinson, Anthony Bradley, Marcel Moore
  • Oak Lawn Community High School: Ivan De La Cruz, Brandon Bidochka, Francisco Alicandro
  • Whitney Young High School: Miles Hardemon, Jadah Keith, Nicholas Bussey, Eden Strong, Sofia Rabiela, Marco Gasca, Annie Wang, Jack Fahey, Charlie O’Neill, Ellis Bobbitt
  • Northview High School: Bryant George, Brendan Smith, James Larson, Evan Davis, Marnie Hill-Woodworth, Hamin Gil
  • Bloomington North High School: Jeffrey Parker, Tom Levesque, Patrick Wailes, Gibson Oliver, Miles Main, Carl Tafoya

Friday, Feb. 24 Afternoon Session

  • College of DuPage Big Band: Aaron Newman, Deb Zelman
  • University of Kentucky Big Band: Aaron Farris, Eli Francis, Aaron Brewer, Cassie Morrelles, Kirby Davis, Mitchell Tinnellca
  • Whitworth University Combo: Max Bennett, Jonathan Bampus, Denin Koch, King Dawidalle, Jansen Leggett
  • Elmhurst College Combo: Adam Roebuck, Matt Zmuda, Clay Corso, Konrad Malinowski, Wes Nelson, Zach Taylor
  • Ashland University Big Band: Steve Berry, Alex Sandwisch, Jaylynn Buchmelter, Michael Byandas, Derek Rongel
  • Trevecca Nazarene University Big Band: Kasey Strange, Asia Norman
  • Elmhurst College Vocal Jazz: Shawndell Young, Anthony Paul, Clay Corso, Isaiah Eby, Parker Stluka
  • Kent State University Nova Jazz Singers: Emily Laycock, Shelby Denten
  • Kent State University Big Band: Xavier Dimoff, Eric Vazquez
  • Milikin University Big Band: Nic Sanders, Max Dragon, Asha Worthy, Michael Anderson

Friday, Feb. 24 Evening Session

  • California State University, Long Beach Big Band: Tom Hughes, Harry Ostrander, Nick Wees, Phineas Crisp, Alex  Flavell, Wes Perry, Erik Larsen, Spencer Wiles, Stephen Wood

Saturday, Feb. 25 Afternoon Session

  • Central Michigan University Big Band: Rob Killips, Michael Hamilton, Andrew Jensen
  • Harper College Combo: Nick Keriazakos
  • California State University, Long Beach Combo: Spencer Wiles, Wes Perry, Michael Beltran, Brandon Johnson, Alex Flavell, Tom Hughes, Harry Ostrander
  • Rock Valley College Combo: Isaac Leka, Brent Blaesing
  • Capital University Combo: Marty Quinn, Jacob Campbell, Max Marsillo, Will Ash, Chris Dooley, Rachel Spencer, Matt Hakes
  • Whitworth University: Jansen Leggett, Brandon Cowan, King Dawidalle, Taylor Heath, Justin Toney, Jonathan Bampus, Andrew Peltonen, Max Bennett
  • University of Illinois Chicago Big Band: Aaron Gordon, Gio Garcia, Angel Gonzalez, Jamal Crowder, Morgan Pirtle
  • Morehead State University Big Band: Jared Clifton, Kyle Smiley, Alex Mercurio, Robert Barnes
  • Capital University Big Band: Max Marsillo, Marty Quinn, Jacob Campbell, Rachel Spencer, Nate Bishop, Chuck Worthy

Saturday, Feb. 25 Evening Session

  • University of Kentucky Big Band: Angie Ortega, Nick Bolchoz, Coty Taylor, Denver Pascua, Brad Myers, Jonathon Barrett, Ian Cruz
  • Elmhurst College Jazz Band: Matt Zmuda, Clay Corso, Jaime Ruiz, Luke Stillwell, Trevor Hill, Jess Brooks, Adam Roebuck

Sunday, Feb. 26 Afternoon Session

  • Elmhurst College Jazz Lab Band: T.J. Thompson, Vinny Kabat, Cole Runge, Andrew Kolb, Lauren Carr
  • Joliet Junior College: Ron Magiera, Leif Sabby
  • North Eastern Illinois University: John Agno, Yaron Goldman, Ed Suh
  • Western Illinois University: Charlie Miller, Adam Stombres, Brandaon Reyes, Wes Julien
  • Purdue University: Brandon Wells, Peter Schulz, Sarah Gustafson, Giovanni Malloy, Zak Pedersen, Sara Kiesel
  • Gustavus Adolphus College: Andy Deluca, Cole Nelson, Cara Christiansen, Ryan Masso, John Mason, Henry Elling
  • Roosevelt University: Cesar Martinez, Nadau Simon, Nick Davis, Christian Allison, Bart Coyle, Akzhol Issin, Ken Redmond, Alan Cohen
  • Murray State University: Eric Obermeyer, Hunter Moffitt, Taylor Grady, Travis Hesskamp

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