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3rd Annual Chicagoland Jazz Workshop

Please join us at Buffalo Grove High School for the 3rd annual “Chicagoland Jazz Workshop” (CJW) that will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2025. This event is open to both middle and high school jazz bands.  


The purpose of this festival is to allow students and their bands to perform in front of top jazz adjudicators and get their immediate feedback on tone quality, intonation, balance/blend, rhythmic feel, interpretation, dynamics, rhythm section feel, programming/presentation, and improvisation. After the performance, the band will receive a clinic on stage from the adjudicators. Following the on-stage clinic, ensembles performing in the theatre will move to a clinic room for an additional 40-minute clinic.

The 2025 CJW will offer 3 performance spaces: The BGHS Theatre, Band Room, and Orchestra Room. The Theatre will host High School ensembles for an onstage performance and extended clinic in a separate clinic space. The Band and Orchestra rooms will carry over the TMS Jazz Jamboree format, which includes performing for an audience, an excellent panel of adjudicators, a non-competitive festival experience, and a performance by a professional jazz organization. 

We encourage all family members, friends, and the community to attend and support these great bands as they perform amazing music. Please be sure to stop by this page frequently, as it will be updated with more information as the event approaches.



We're proud to announce the 2025 CJW Featured Performing Ensemble, the Tom Matta Big Band!


Pre-Workshop Opportunities

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2024 Festival Details

  • 2024 Participating Schools:  
         Libertyville High School, Elk Grove High School, Lake    Zurich High School, Buffalo Grove High School, Warren Township, Prospect High School, Wheeling High School, and Cooper Middle School.

  • 2024 Clinicians:
         Scott Burns, Brian Logan, Chris Madsen, Lara Driscoll, Marlene Rosenburg

  • 2024 Performance Schedule:  
    8:15 am  Libertyville High School
    8:45 am  Elk Grove Jazz Ensemble
    9:15 am  Lake Zurich Combo
    9:45 am  Buffalo Grove Jazz Band
    10:30 am Elk Grove Jazz Band
    11:00 am  Cooper Middle School Jazz Band
    11:30 am  Lake Zurich High School
    1:00 pm   Warren Township Jazz Lab
    1:30 pm   Prospect Jazz Band II
    2:00 pm  Wheeling Jazz Band II
    2:30 pm   Warren Township Jazz Ensemble II
    3:15 pm    Wheeling Jazz Band I
    3:45 pm   Prospect High School Jazz Band I
    4:15 pm   Warren Township Jazz Ensemble I
    4:45 pm   Buffalo Grove Jazz Ensemble
    **6:00 pm   Special guest performance by Chris Madsen Quartet**

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