School of Music to Hold 44th Annual Jazz Festival
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of Music will host its 44th
annual Jazz Festival from Friday, Feb. 1 to Saturday, Feb. 2 at Westbrook Auditorium
in Presser Hall. All festival events are free and open to the public.
The IWU Jazz Festival provides a unique opportunity for junior high and high school
jazz bands to perform non-competitively in front of the Bloomington-Normal community,
as well a chance to meet with both peers and accomplished jazz musicians.
More than 20 groups from out-of-state and across Illinois will travel to IWU to perform
in front of expert jazz performers. The lineup of clinicians who will provide feedback
on the bands includes: drummer Matt Endres from the University of Wisconsin, bassist
Jeff Halsey from Bowling Green State University, trombonist Tim Pitchford from Lovett
School in Atlanta, trumpeter Robert Sears from Illinois Wesleyan University, pianist
Chip Stephens from the University of Illinois and director of Illinois Wesleyan’s
Jazz Program Glenn Wilson.
The bands will perform on Feb. 1 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. The IWU Jazz Ensemble, joined by the clinicians, will also perform at 1 p.m. on Feb. 2. The clinicians
will hold an additional concert preceding the festival on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
in the Normal Theater (209 W North St, Normal). All concerts are free and open to
For more information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061. This program
is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
By Rachel McCarthy ’21