40th Annual IWU Jazz Festival 


Illinois Wesleyan University

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Featured Guest Artist: NYC Trombonist,  Marshall Gilkes

Instrumental Ensemble Clinicians: Dr. Dick Kelley, saxophones; Dr. John Cooper (WIU), trumpet; Tom Marko, drums; Rick Haydon (SIUE), guitar

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Clinician: Drew Dahan


2015 IWU Jazz Festival Registration  (NOW ACCEPTING JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLES!)

40th Annual IWU Jazz Festival Information and Rules 


Trombonist Marshall Gilkes is forging new grounds and receiving high acclaim from critics around the world. Born in Camp Springs, Maryland, Mr. Gilkes spent his childhood growing up in many different parts of the United States traveling with his father, a musician in the Air Force. Mr. Gilkes currently calls Brooklyn, New York home.

Mr. Gilkes has been voted a “Rising Star” each of the the past five years in Downbeat magazine's annual critics poll, and he has received critical acclaim from audiences and journalists around the world. In 2003 Mr. Gilkes was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. As a leader, Mr. Gilkes has three critically acclaimed releases. Marshall Gilkes Quartet “Edenderry”(2004), Marshall Gilkes “Lost Words” 2008, and Marshall Gilkes “Sound Stories” 2012. All three albums showcase Mr. Gilkes' unique composition style of which Jazz Review.com had the following to say. “As a composer Gilkes’ writing will most assuredly soon show up in the repertoire of collegiate combos; it’s supremely artful as a wonderful jumping off point for improvisations and intricate enough that it’s performance will make wonderfully mature study material for young artists.”

In addition to his work as a leader, Mr. Gilkes is also a member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Edmar Castañeda Trio, a former member of the Richard Bona Group, and from 2010-2014 Mr. Gilkes was a member of the WDR Big Band. He has taught and presented master classes at institutions around the world including The Banff Center, Berklee College of Music, and the Brubeck Institute. Mr. Gilkes is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is an artist for Edwards Instruments.

IWU Jazz Program


Festival Participation Includes:

Non competitive performances
by high school and middle
school ensembles

An MP3 recording of each performance with Judges comments

A performance by IWU’s
premiere Jazz Ensemble

 A private 20-minute clinic for each performing group

 45-minute individual masterclasses presented by
each adjudicator


Illinois Wesleyan University, School of Music
Presser Hall  


Contact Tim Pitchford at tpitchfo@iwu.edu.