Fremd, Schaumburg, Palatine, Conant High Schools All Reach Success at Northshore Jazz Festival

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The FHS band participates in an educational clinic with jazz trumpet great Dave Tippett.

The FHS band participates in an educational clinic with jazz trumpet great Dave Tippett. Photo Credit Mike Kim.

For the 13th consecutive year, the Jazz Ensemble at Fremd High School was awarded a “Division 1/Superior” rating by collegiate-level judges during a jazz festival.

The Fremd Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band recently performed at the 37th annual Northshore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School on Jan. 25.  The Jazz Ensemble was awarded a “Division 1/Superior” rating by three collegiate judges in the top band division, and the Jazz Lab Band was also awarded a “Division 1/Superior” rating in the second band division.  Each band also participated in an educational clinic with a collegiate and professional jazz band director.

“The Fremd Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble were thrilled to perform at the Northshore Jazz Festival,” said Matthew Moore, band director at Fremd High School. “The students felt excellent about their performance and were also excited to receive a clinic from Gunnery Sergeant Jason Knuckles of the Marine All-Star Band, and jazz trumpet great Dave Tippett.”

The bands’ music featured swing and Latin styles and were performed for parents and a panel of well-known jazz adjudicators. Both bands received an overall rating of “Superior/Division 1” at the festival in their respected divisions, the highest rating possible for an ensemble at the event.

The Fremd High School Jazz Ensemble performs at the Northshore Jazz Festival.

The Fremd High School Jazz Ensemble performs at the Northshore Jazz Festival. Photo credit Mike Kim.

Schaumburg, Palatine, and Conant High Schools’ jazz bands also participated in the event.  SHS and PHS also received “Superior/Division 1” ratings at the festival. Moore said it was great to see other schools represent District 211 in the event.

“It’s impressive to note that this was Palatine’s first jazz festival that they have performed in, perhaps ever,” Moore said. “For SHS, it was wonderful to see their success since this was the last Northshore Jazz Festival for their retiring band director Kevin Miller.  He is a wonderful music educator and friend – I had the pleasure of student teaching for him at Conant back in 1998.”

FHS’ bands are now working hard to prepare for the upcoming Jazz & Java concert on Feb. 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fremd High School Cafeteria. The concert will be open to the public.