ETHS Jazz Festival – Featuring the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars


The 2017 Evanston Township High School Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, February 11 in the ETHS high school auditorium at 1600 Dodge Avenue in Evanston.  This year’s guest artist for the 7PM evening concert is the DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL STARS.  The ETHS Jazz Ensemble will open under the direction of the new Head of Jazz Studies, Dave Seifert.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, students with I.D. and seniors.  All proceeds assist in staging the festival.  Tickets can be purchased online at: https://www.showclix.com/event/eths-2017-jazz-festival3815216

“I am honored to join the storied jazz tradition at ETHS.  What could be a better way to start my tenure than to lead this group of talented young musicians in opening for the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars as we celebrate the centennial year of Dizzy Gillespie’s birth?” – Dave Seifert, Head of Jazz Studies

The noontime concert will feature BOB LARK and his ALUMNI BIG BAND.  Jazz ensembles from schools large and small will be performing throughout the day to build their performance experience, sharpen their skills and showcase the amazing jazz talent area music programs are nurturing.  Each group will partake in a half hour clinic following their performance.  Our adjudicators and clinicians are world-class professional musicians, university professors and educators that are here to share their wealth of experience.

“It is a privilege for us to host this great event again.  This year’s festival will be a real treat for jazz fans across the area and another amazing opportunity for middle and high school jazz musicians to stretch their skills with the pros.” – Matthew Bufis, Director of Bands


Brass Technique:  Audrey Morrison

Saxophone Technique:  Chris Madsen

Rhythm Section Clinic:  Joel Spencer, Joan Hickey, Larry Gray

School groups can find registration details and information at:  https://announcements.wufoo.com/forms/evanston-township-high-school-jazz-festival/


Each February, Evanston Township High School is home to this non-competitive, all-day jazz immersion event.  Established in 2004, the ETHS Jazz Festival annually hosts nearly 50 middle and high school jazz groups from around the region.  Students of all levels are inspired by professional musicians and enlightened by clinics, lectures and master classes that encourage students to take their playing to the next level.  This educational and cultural jazz festival has earned its distinction by providing the opportunity to showcase local, national and international artists.  It is the mission of the ETHS Jazz Festival to provide an important supplement to the students’ pursuit of jazz by highlighting the enduring elements and important innovations of this distinctly American music.

For more information on the DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL STARS, please visit www.dizzygillespie.org.

For more information on BOB LARK and his ALUMNI BIG BAND, please visit www.boblark.com.

For more information on the festival, please contact Dave Seifert at 847-424-7869 or email at seifertd@eths202.org.

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