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More than 100 high school bands from five states set for 'Jazz in the Meadows' / Daily Herald

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Rolling Meadows High School promises to be a busy place on Saturday, Feb. 24, when more than 100 jazz bands -- representing 68 schools from five states -- descend on the school for the 33rd edition of Jazz in the Meadows. The daylong festival features unlimited jazz in all genres, from big band and swing, to Latin and blues, and with lots of student improvisation. The majority of performances are by high school ensembles who compete in their respective classes based on school size. But the fest has grown to include jazz combos, middle school jazz bands, and feature an open jam session in the cafeteria and a pair of celebrity concerts. Over the years, it has become one of the largest and most highly regarded jazz festivals in the Midwest. Schools come from Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties, as well as from Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin to participate.

PHOTO: Mark Welsh 

 

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