District 211 Jazz Bands Find Success at Northshore Jazz Festival

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In all of Fremd’s performances, the three ensembles received outstanding clinics from the jazz clinicians, which consisted of both collegiate and high school jazz educators. Photo FHS Band Department 

District 211 bands were well represented at a recent jazz festival.

The Fremd High School Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Lab Band recently performed at the 39th Annual North Shore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School. Additionally, top jazz bands from Palatine, Conant, and Schaumburg High Schools received “Division 1/Superior” ratings.

“We are very proud of our three ensembles that performed at the Northshore Jazz Festival,” said Matthew Moore, band director at Fremd High School. “The students in our Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and Jazz Combo worked hard to prepare a wide variety of jazz music and styles.”

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The Fremd High School Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Lab Band recently performed at the 39th Annual North Shore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School. Photo FHS Band Department 

Fremd’s Jazz Lab Band, which is directed by Jeremy Figlewicz and Sam Simpson, received three straight “Division 1/Superior” ratings in the second jazz band division. Additionally, the Jazz Lab Band tied for first place out of 12 total schools in the second jazz band division.  The Jazz Combo, directed by Simpson, also received straight “Division 1/Superior” ratings in their category.

In all of Fremd’s performances, the three ensembles received outstanding clinics from the jazz clinicians, which consisted of both collegiate and high school jazz educators.

“Performing at jazz festivals are always very worthwhile due to musical education that the students gain from preparing the music, as well as what they learn from the clinicians,” said Moore.




Fremd Wind Symphony Snags Several Division 1/Superior Ratings in April

The FHS Wind Symphony at ISU State of Illinois Invitational.

The FHS Wind Symphony at the ISU State of Illinois Invitational Concert Band Contest.

The Fremd Wind Symphony was busy performing their way to success this April.

The band was recognized for their performances at the Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival hosted by Hersey High School, and the Illinois State University State of Illinois Invitational Concert Band Contest held at the ISU Center for the Performing Arts.

At the Chicagoland Invitational Festival, the band earned an overall “Division 1/Superior” rating in the top tier category.  This is a significant accomplishment for the group because the festival is adjudicated on the national level by college band directors.  The band also participated in a forty-five minute educational clinic with Dr. Mallory Thompson, director of bands at Northwestern University.

At the ISU Band Festival, the Wind Symphony was awarded three straight Division 1/Superior ratings by the collegiate adjudicators, as well as earning second place in the 6A school division.  The band also had the fourth highest point total out of 25 participating bands.

The Wind Symphony performed the following compositions at the two festivals: “Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams, “Be Thou My Vision” by Travis Cross, “Akatonbo” by Joseph Spaniola, and “Symphony No. 2 (Mvmt. 3 – Apollo Unleashed)” by Frank Ticheli. The Fremd Wind Symphony is under the direction of Matthew Moore, director of bands, and Jeremy Figlewicz, assistant band director.




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

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.




Fremd High School Band Performs in Florida During Winter Break

115 Fremd Band students performed with fifteen other high school bands in the Outback Bowl Half-time Show.

115 Fremd Band students performed with fifteen other high school bands in the Outback Bowl Half-time Show.

Band students from William Fremd High School had the opportunity to perform in Florida during their winter break the last week of December.

115 students from the band program performed in Tampa and Orlando, Fla.  The Fremd “Florida Band” consisted of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in the school’s four symphonic bands.  Band Director Matthew Moore and eleven parent chaperones accompanied the students on the trip.

Fremd Florida Band performed in the Disney World Magic Kingdom “Electric Light Parade” in Orlando, and also participated in Disney’s “You’re Instrumental”

Members of the Fremd Florida Band participate in the Disney World "You're Instrumental" Recording Studio Workshop on December 28th.

Members of the Fremd Florida Band participate in the Disney World “You’re Instrumental” Recording Studio Workshop on December 28th.

Recording Studio Workshop.  During the two-and-a-half hour educational workshop, the band learned about demands of recording Disney movie soundtracks — recording seven different selections.  The workshop concluded with the band recording two minutes of Disney’s Tarzan, with their performance synced up to the movie’s animation.  Moore said students enjoyed working with the Disney Band Director/Clinician, who is originally from Plainfield, Ill., and attended Western Illinois University.

After performing in Orlando, the Fremd Florida Band traveled to Tampa and participated in numerous musical events with the Outback Bowl.  The Fremd Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble all received educational clinics from the Outback Bowl’s three college band directors – Dr. Richard Miles from Morehead State University,  Dr. Larry Blocher from Troy University, and Dr. William Rapp from Kutztown University.

Aileen Jong and Katie Klonder lead the Fremd Viking Marching Band in the Disney World "Electric Light Parade" on December 27th.

Aileen Jong and Katie Klonder lead the Fremd Viking Marching Band in the Disney World “Electric Light Parade” on December 27th.

The Fremd Florida Band also participated in the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve parade in Ybor, Fla.  The students performed to a large and enthusiastic crowd of University of Michigan and South Carolina fans during the 1.5 mile parade route.  Additionally, the band was awarded third place in the large band division for the Parade Marching Competition.

On New Year’s Day the Fremd Florida Band combined with fifteen other high school marching bands to perform in the mass half-time band at the Outback Bowl game.  The half-time show featured 2,200 students performing a six minute “Beach Medley” and “Armed Forces Salute” for the crowd.

Fremd High School Band trumpet players Brian Jestice and Hannah Kuhl perform during half-time of the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

Fremd High School Band trumpet players Brian Jestice and Hannah Kuhl perform during half-time of the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

 

While in Tampa, the Fremd Bands received the following awards and recognitions at the festival:

Jazz Ensemble – Gold Rating, 1st place in large band division, Grand Champion Award (highest point total)
Wind Symphony – Gold Rating, 1st place in large band division
Symphonic Band – Silver Rating, second band division
Viking Marching Band – Gold Rating, 3rd place in large band division (Parade Marching Competition)




FHS Symphony Band Earns Top Honors

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Fremd Wind Symphony

The Fremd High School Wind Symphony recently earned top honors and first place of the 6A Division at the “State of Illinois Concert Band Contest” hosted by Illinois State University on Saturday April 28. The band received straight “Superior/Division 1” ratings from all three collegiate judges representing the University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and Bowling Green State University.

The band also was awarded the fourth-highest point total out of 24 bands participating in the two-day festival. The festival took place in the ISU Center for the Performing Arts with the band performing “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, “Down Longford Way” by Percy Grainger, and “Machu Picchu” by famed Japanese composer Satoshi Yagisawa.

The Fremd Wind Symphony also was awarded three straight “Superior/Division 1″ ratings at the “Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival” hosted by Hersey High School on April 14.

In addition to their performance, the students greatly enjoyed a 45-minute educational clinic with collegiate band director Dr. Peter Griffin (Elmhurst College). The Fremd Wind Symphony is under the direction of Matthew Moore (Director of Bands).