And the 2018 Winners are…

Auditorium/Stage Grand Champion

1. Naperville North Jazz Ensemble

Auditorium: H.S. Jazz Ensembles Class AA

3. William Fremd Jazz Ensemble

2. Wheeling Jazz Band I

1. Naperville North Jazz Ensemble

Auditorium: H.S. Jazz Ensembles Class A

3. Carmel Catholic Jazz Ensemble

2. Grayslake Central Jazz Band

1. Tinley Park Honors Jazz Ensemble

Auditorium: Soloist Medals

1. Megan Dougherty, Tinley Park: Vocalist

2. Jimmy Glenson, Oswego East: Baritone Saxophone

3. Amy Perez-Brennan, Wheeling: Drums

4. Matt Hendricks, Tinley Park: Alto Saxophone

Auditorium: Scholarships & Awards

Birch Creek Performance Center –partial tuition scholarship

Brandon Jaimes, Schaumburg: Trombone

Roosevelt University–full 4-year tuition scholarship

Garrett Frees, Naperville North: Tenor Saxophone

Cafeteria: Jazz I Ensembles Class A

2. Belvidere Jazz Ensemble

1. Williamsville Jazz Band

Cafeteria: Jazz I Ensembles Class AA

1. Buffalo Grove Jazz Ensemble

Cafeteria: H.S. Jazz Ensembles II Class AA

2.William Fremd Jazz Lab Band (tied)

2. Oswego Blue Jazz Ensemble II (tied)

1. Warren Township Jazz Lab Blue

Cafeteria: Soloist Medals

1. Andy Kies, Palatine: Guitar

2. Kyle Bacharn, Oswego Blue: Trombone

3. Abby Svec, William Fremd: Piano

4. Noah Schuning, West Chicago: Tenor Saxophone

Cafeteria: Scholarships & Awards

Shell Lakes Arts Center–5 partial tuition scholarships

1. Drums: Tommy Sagins, Williamsville

2. Bass: Jenna McCarty, Williamsville

3. Piano: Cameron Oberecht, Buffalo Grove

4. Trombone: Isabella Lang, Williamsville

5. Guitar: Kenneth Olzewski, Warren Township Gold

Midwest Young Artists–1 partial scholarship

Ariette Kaberlein, William Fremd: Alto Saxophone

Orchestra: H.S. Jazz Combo Class AA

3. Wheeling Jazz Combo

2. William Fremd Jazz Combo

1. Naperville North Jazz Combo

Orchestra: H. S. Jazz Combo Class A

2. Marmion Rosary Jazz Combo

1. Carmel Catholic Jazz Combo

Orchestra: J.H. Jazz Combo

1. Gemini Jazz Combo

Orchestra: Soloist Medals

1. Drummer from Conant, Conant: Drums

2. Guitar Player from Carmel Catholic, Carmel Catholic: Guitar

3. Bassist from Fremd, William Fremd: Bass

4. Kevin Braner, Naperville North: Tenor Saxophone

Orchestra: Scholarships & Awards

Northern Illinois University Scholarship

Rhythm player: Maura McManus, Naperville North

Horn player: Garret Frees, Naperville North

Summer Jazz Camp: Ken Nakajima, William Fremd

Lyceum: Junior High Ensemble I

3. Grayslake Jazz Ensemble

1. Cooper Jazz Ensemble I (tied)

1. Holmes Jazz Ensemble (tied)

Lyceum: Junior High Ensemble II

3. Holmes Jazz Band II

1. Cooper Jazz Band II (tied)

1. London Jazz Band II (tied)

Lyceum: Soloist Medals

1. Frank Apicella, Cooper

2. Ethan Deguzman, Cooper

3. Abbey, District 54

Midwest Young Artists–1 partial scholarship

1. Eunice Park Holmes Middle School

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New for 2018, we are offering attendees the opportunity to purchase tickets for the North Shore Jazz Fest ahead of time. You can purchase general admission tickets and family packages using the fields below to complete you order. You can pick up your tickets/wristbands at our “Will Call” kiosk outside of the Auditorium. Please bring a copy of your receipt.

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Eric Schneider to perform with MYA

Due to unforeseen circumstances, John Wojciechowski is no longer able to perform with CYA at Jazz Fest. Saxophonist Eric Schneider will be performing instead and we are thrilled to welcome him to our Auditorium stage!

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2017 NSJF Performance Schedule

The 2017 North Shore Jazz Festival performance schedule is now available. Plan your day around your favorite band performances! Don’t miss our great featured performers: John Wojciechowski and MYA at noon, the 2016 Grand Champions: Champaign Central Jazz Ensemble at 6:10, and Bryan Carter and the Young Swangers featuring Dan Chmielinski immediately after that. This scheduled is subject to change so please be sure to check back a few days prior to the event. See you soon!

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North Shore Jazz Fest 2017

The 40th Annual North Shore Jazz Fest date has been announced. Mark your calendars for January 21st, 2017 and join us for North Jazz Fest 2017!

And the Winners Are…

Auditorium/Stage   2016 Grand Champion:

  • Champaign Central Jazz Ensemble

Last Year’s 2015 Grand Champion- Wheeling Jazz Band 

Jazz Fest Artist
Stephen Sholty, 2016

Auditorium: H.S. Jazz Ensembles Class AA:

  1. 137- Libertyville Jazz Ensemble I
  2. 136- Buffalo Grove Jazz Band I
  3. Tie: 131- Prospect Jazz Ensemble I & Rolling Meadows Jazz Ensemble I

Auditorium: H.S. Jazz Ensembles Class A:

  1. 143- Champaign Central Jazz Ensemble
  2. 114- Shawano Jazz I
  3. 102- Glenbard South Jazz Band I

Cafeteria: H.S. Jazz Ensembles II Class AA:

  1. Tie: 129- Fremd Jazz Lab Band & Wheeling Jazz Band 2
  2. Libertyville Jazz Ensemble II
  3. Oswego Blue Jazz 2

Cafeteria: H.S. Jazz Ensembles II Class A:

  1. 138- Champaign Central Stage Band
  2. Shawano Jazz II
  3. Champaign Central Lab Band

Orchestra: H.S. Jazz Combo Class AA:

  1. 141- Wheeling Jazz Combo
  2. Tie: 139: Warren Township Jazz Combo & Libertyville Jazz Combo
  3. 136- Prospect Jazz Combo

Orchestra: H.S. Jazz Combo Class A:

  1. 145.5- Champaign Central Combo I
  2. 139- Marmion Jazz Combo
  3. 131- Champaign Central Combo 2

Lyceum: Junior High Ensemble I:

  1. 145- Cooper Jazz Band I
  2. Tie: 144- Old Quarry Jazz Band & Walter R. Sundling Jazz Band
  3. Holmes Jazz Ensemble

Lyceum: Junior High Ensemble II:

  1. 136- Cooper Jazz Band II
  2. 129- Holmes Jazz Band
  3. 127- Highland Jazz II

Soloist Medals

  1. Max Hubbard- Champaign Central- Alto
  2. Suchet Kumar- Fremd- Guitar
  3. Liam Hurley- Lake Zurich- Vibes
  4. Bella Petkus- Old Quarry M.S.- Vocalist
  5. JoAnn Montas- Highland I- Trombone
  6. Anthony Cruz- Holmes I- Alto
  7. Maya Haubrech- Grayslake- Alto Sax
  8. Rodrigo Vargos- Parkland- Euphonium
  9. Brandon James- Schaumburg- Trombone
  10. Glovanni Diaz- Warren- Drummer
  11. Naomi- Richards H.S.- Bass
  12. Brandon Monsen- Buffalo Grove
  13. Alex F.- Sunset Ridge- Bass
  14. Wheeling- Soprano Sax
  15. Wheeling- Tenor Sax
  16. Wheeling- Trumpet

Birch Creek Music Performance Center (partial tuition scholarship):

  • Wheeling Trombone- Jazz Ensemble I

Roosevelt University (full 4-year tuition scholarship):

  • Alex Frazzeho- Champaign Central

Northern Illinois University Scholarship:

  • Rhythm Player, NIU Jazz Combo Day: Wheeling Drummer- Ensemble
  • Horn Player, NIU Jazz Combo Day: Jesse Moderwell-Libertyville
  • NIU Summer Jazz Camp Scholarship: Dusty Frye- Champaign Combo- Drummer

Music Institute of Chicago: (Students choose from various options):

  • John Groebe- Libertyville- Bass
  • Harrison Kearby- Marimba/Piano

Midwest Young Artists (2 Partial Scholarships):

  • Adam Mead- Prospect- Trumpet
  • Brandon Altieri- Buffalo Grove- Trumpet

North Shore Music Institute (4 free lessons):

  • Joey Ranirri- Sundling- Bass Player

Concert Tickets North Central College (Directors):

  • Steve Thurlow

Concert Tickets Northwestern University (Directors):

  • Brian Logan

Directors, Welcome to North Shore Jazz Fest 2016


We are excited to see you on Saturday, January 23rd for the 2016 North Shore Jazz Festival. Beginning in early January, you can download the Director’s packet here. Included in the packet will be your performance times. Please also be sure to download the information packet for parents and forward it you your band parents, as it will explain all the details from our parents’ point of view.

You will also want to download:

Set up chart >>

Song Selection Form here>>
Our judges will need this information for the nomination of soloist award.

If you have any questions, please call or email.



GBS Jazz Band Helps Raise Money for Hunger Relief in Chicago

The GBS band received a nice thank you  for their participation at the Chi Town Festival earlier this year.  Thanks to everyone who played and attended the event to help raise money for hunger relief in our city.

Hi Greg,

Just a note to express my heartfelt thanks for the generous gift of your students talents and a beautiful set of music at the Chi Town Jazz Festival. This year the festival made over $46,000.00 for hunger relief in Chicago. It was our most profitable year yet! Wishing you an enjoyable summer and all the best with your creative endeavors!

Kind regards,