The NNHS Jazz Programs have received local, state, and national recognition, including class champion awards at local competitions, and performances at the Essentially Ellington Festival and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Students wishing to participate in instrumental jazz at Naperville North have the option of Jazz Lab (open to all; no audition), and auditioning into Jazz Band (freshmen through seniors) and Jazz Ensemble (sophomores through seniors).  

ILMEA

2018 All District 9 Jazz Auditions: 

-Great Love, by Jim Snidero
-Clue's Blues, By Scott Ninmer
-Sight Reading
-Improvisation: 

F Blues using “Now’s the Time/Billie’s Bounce” track from Jamey Aebersold Book #6. Click here to download practice track.  Students will not play the head, but start right on improvisation.  Students will play two (or more) choruses.

Combo Portion (combo auditions only): 

-DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
(JAMEY AEBERSOLD JAZZ IMPROV SERIES VOL. 40)
-SOFTLY AS IN A MORNING SUNSHINE (VOL. 40)
-SONG FOR MY FATHER (VOL.54)
-AUTUMN LEAVES (VOL.54)

ILMEA COMPOSITION CONTEST

Click here for 2017-18 ENTRY RULES AND GUIDELINES

One of the marquee events of the Illinois Music Education Conference is the Composition Contest Concert which highlights the best of student composition in the state of Illinois.

Junior and senior high students throughout Illinois submit their compositions in the following categories:

Senior High Categories

  • Arranging
  • AvantGarde/Electronic
  • Commercial/Popular
  • Instrumental (solo to chamber ensemble)
  • Instrumental (large ensemble)
  • Jazz Instrumental/Jazz Vocal
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Keyboard Solo
  • Remix
  • Vocal Solo
  • Vocal Ensemble

ILMEA COMPOSITION TRACK

The All-State Composition Track allows exceptional student composers to work with active composers and artists, and collaborate with other composers at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. This program also allows them to network with publishers, colleges/universities, and performing musicians from Illinois and across the country.

The Composition Track is open to 10th-12th grade honorees in the annual ILMEA Composition Contest (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Honorable Mention). Past session topics include: Writing Effective Melodies, Collaborative Songwriting, Workshopping Compositions, Introduction to Harmony and Counterpoint, Score Preparation, and College & Career Roundtable.

When submitting entries in RNS, teachers should indicate if eligible students are interested in attending the Composition Track at IMEC 2018. Once the list of honorees is determined, information (and applications, if the numbers are greater than 20) will be sent to interested students.

Any questions regarding the Composition Contest can be directed to Gina Wych at jsgm@ilmea.org