The NNHS Jazz Programs have received local, state, and national recognition, including class champion awards at local competitions, and performances at the Illinois Music Educators Conference, 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).  

2018-2019 Jazz Audition Results

NN & ILMEA Jazz Audition 2019

CLICK HERE for ILMEA District IX Jazz Audition Information (Info Only)

See below for links to recordings to help you with the audition.


1. All State Commission Piece Out The Window by Adam Larson
(CLICK HERE for recording)

2. Jazz Conception Etude by Jim Sindero
-Lunar (CLICK HERE for recording)

3. F Blues Improvisation (Now’s the Time/Billie’s Bounce by Jamey Aebersold Book #6)
CLICK HERE for recording
-student will not play head/melody, but will start right on the improvisation
-student will play 2 (or more) choruses at the discretion of the judge

4. OPTIONAL JAZZ COMBO AUDITION MATERIALS (ILMEA 2019 Audition only)
-Lullaby of Birdland (Aebersold Vol. #40) – CLICK HERE for recording
-Love for Sale (Aebersold Vol. #40) – CLICK HERE for recording
-Watermelon Man (Aebersold Vol. #54) – CLICK HERE for recording
-Satin Doll (Aebersold Vol. #54) – CLICK HERE for recording

5. Official ILMEA Jazz Audition Info and resources (including past sight-reading examples) CLICK HERE

ILMEA Jazz Audition Excepts 2018

ILMEA 2018

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)

2020 ILMEA Jazz Audition

1. All State Commission Piece

2. Jazz Conception Etude by Jim Sindero Friends
(CLICK HERE for recording)

3. F Blues Improvisation (Now’s the Time/Billie’s Bounce by Jamey Aebersold Book #6)
CLICK HERE for recording
-student will not play head/melody, but will start right on the improvisation
-student will play 2 (or more) choruses at the discretion of the judge

4. OPTIONAL JAZZ COMBO AUDITION MATERIALS (ILMEA 2020 Audition only)
-I Know That You Know (Aebersold Vol. #40) – CLICK HERE for recording
-Solar Flair (Aebersold Vol. #54) – CLICK HERE for recording
-Footprints (Aebersold Vol. #54) – CLICK HERE for recording
-Doxy (Aebersold Vol. #54) – CLICK HERE for recording

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

ArrangingAvantGarde/ElectronicCommercial/PopularInstrumental (solo to chamber ensemble)Instrumental (large ensemble)Jazz Instrumental/Jazz VocalJazz ImprovisationKeyboard SoloRemixVocal SoloVocal 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