All NTJazzfest information can be found by
selecting a working link of interest on the left margin.
Our festivals purpose is to
provide a positive, noncompetitive educational experience for inexperienced ensembles, or
second ensembles from high schools with more than one jazz
ensemble, or "First and only" jazz ensembles who's director
considers them to be "inexperienced." These
ensembles often have little opportunity to perform outside their school district, benefit
from the comments of this countrys best clinicians, or hear university or
professional big bands. These students can also gain the most from receiving one of the
individual talent awards, or by attending a "Special Interest Clinic" at our
festival. No director should disqualify their ensemble from participation in our festival
because they feel it is not good enough. We have provided this educational experience for
thousands of junior high and high school jazz students over the past
twenty-one years and received only
rave evaluations from directors.
EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS IS A WINNER!
ENTRANCE FORMS MAY BE SUBMITTED ONLINE BEGINNING AT 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, OCTOBER
6th, 2009, AND WILL CONTINUE UNTIL ALL 40 PERFORMANCE SPACES ARE FILLED. AN ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK WILL APPEAR ON WWW.NTJAZZ.COM AT 9:00 A.M. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH.
SINCE OUR FESTIVAL
IS "PAPERLESS", YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR PARTICIPATION FORM DIRECTLY FROM OUR WEB
PAGE AND DIRECTORS MUST BE ACTIVE USERS OF EMAIL SINCE THERE IS LITTLE OR
MAIL INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATION OR EXECUTION OF OUR FESTIVAL.
The 40 performance
spaces for "second" or "third" jazz ensembles will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve
basis using internet-stamped reply times on the online applications
beginning at 9 a.m.
Bands" will get
accepted first, then beginning at 1 p.m. on registration day, "Inexperienced 1st and Only"
bands will be accepted based on entry times.
A waiting list
will be maintained and posted for groups that enroll after all the performance spaces are
Forms will be discarded from schools
where the director
identifies their applying band as "Inexperienced first or only jazz
ensemble", but who enter more than one jazz ensemble in the question,
"Number of jazz ensembles in your school's music department?" No
attempt will be made to contact a director to verify the correctness of
any form and it is up to the directors to decide if their "1st and
only" band is "inexperienced."
order to provide a high-quality, non-competitive experience to the most possible band
directors and schools, A PARTICULAR SCHOOL CAN ONLY BRING ONE BAND TO OUR
It is necessary to limit the number of REDUCED PRICE
EVENING CONCERT TICKETS ($20) we can sell to our guest schools to the
number of students performing, and chaperone(s). We will still provide one
complimentary director ticket. We cannot accommodate evening
concert requests for reduced price tickets to bring additional
non-performing bands or additional non-performing students from one
school. Those non-performing students are welcome to attend the free
daytime clinics and concerts, but if they wish to attend the evening
concert they must pay for a full price ($30) a ticket. Those tickets must
be ordered using the online application.
REGULAR FESTIVAL FEATURES
- A videotape of every band's
performance with auditorium performances recorded in stereo using with more than 20
microphones and six camera angles. Bands and combos performing in the auditorium will be
broadcast LIVE on cable television to more than 40,000 homes, in stereo LIVE on North
Shore Public Radio, and LIVE WORLDWIDE on the Internet.
- Every band that performs will have the opportunity to have their
performance archived on the Internet for one entire year. Details
provided to participating bands.
- Every ensemble will
receive a private clinic with an outstanding jazz educator.
- A 90-minute big band
sight-reading session using easy to medium-difficulty charts in which
your students can participate.
- New Trier will provide
drums, bass and guitar amps, and vibes if you play on the main stage. If you do not perform on the main stage, you must
provide your own amps/drums/cymbals/stands.
- Bands are
strongly encouraged, but not
required to stay for the evening concert.
- "Special Interest
Clinics" on such topics as... "So you think you want to be a college music
major," "The world of the touring jazz musician," "How to
improvise," "How to compose music," "How to become a recording
engineer, " "How to become a jingle writer for radio or TV" and others.
- Outstanding junior high students
can receive a Jamey Aebersold "How To Improvise" Play-A-Long CD.
- A Directors
Big Band comprised of our guest directors will perform on stage in
- Hear great
professional and college jazz artists during the day.
- Outstanding High School students
can receive Jazz Festival Outstanding Musician Certificates.
Format of our
NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ FESTIVAL... now renamed THE
FRANK MANTOOTH JAZZ
FESTIVAL AT NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL
are five performance sites for big bands... the auditorium stage (1,600
seats and for high school
ensembles with 12 or more members), the McGee Theater (600 seats), the
student lounge (junior high groups), and in the two third floor band rooms. You may request the location in
which you prefer your big band to play on the entry form. Acceptance is
"first-come, first-serve". In an attempt to involve as many schools as possible
on the main stage, only one band from a particular school will be accepted. Schools
that performed on stage last year will not perform on stage this year. Schools can bring
additional students for free to attend the daytime concerts and clinics. All bands
regardless of where they perform must
provide their own cymbals, and use a stacked setup with trombones seated.
2. Each jazz ensemble may perform three compositions or 18
minutes, whichever comes first. (Setup and teardown time is not included in this 18 minute
period.) Keep in mind that the shorter time you play, the longer you will have in your
private clinic with a university clinician.
3. Big bands that perform in the 1,600 seat auditorium will have
two clinicians record comments during your groups performance. This is in addition
to a stereo stage performance tape without comments and a videotape IN STEREO using more
than twenty microphones and six camera angles. Big band performances in the
auditorium will also be broadcast LIVE on cable television to more than
40,000 homes and
simulcast in stereo on North Shore Public Radio and LIVE WORLDWIDE ON THE
INTERNET. Bands performing in other locations will
have their concert and clinic videotaped by one camera and can be archived
on our website for one year. A clinician comment tape will also be made for
non-auditorium bands whose fees are reduced since those ensembles are not being
4. If you perform on stage, after your ensemble performs it will
move to a rehearsal room and work on specific areas of concern heard by your clinician
during your performance. Groups that perform in other sites will remain in that location
for their clinic. All daytime performance sites are open to the public
with no admission charged.
5. Outstanding high school musicians will be recognized at the
evening concert when they are presented Outstanding Musician
6. In order to expose your students to smaller groups,
a professional combo (the John Wojciechowski Quintet) will perform at noon. During the afternoon there will be a sight-reading
band and eight "special interest clinics." The instrumental masterclasses will be presented by
outstanding jazz educators. Following
the masterclasses will be a concert by the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble directed by Bob Lark. The daytime portion of the festival
will end by 5:00 p.m. Maps to inexpensive restaurants in the area will be available when
you check in, and on this web page.
7. At 7:30 PM, the New Trier High School Jazz Ensemble will perform
and festival awards will be presented to outstanding musicians. The concert by
the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra will begin around 8:15 p.m. and end
by 10:00 p.m. PERFORMING STUDENTS and chaperones participating in the day’s activities are eligible to purchase
$20 tickets to the evening concert if ordered and
paid for by Thanksgiving by their director. Each director will receive one complimentary ticket.
Tickets for non-performing students and adults will
be $30 each if ordered on the online application form. It should be noted that EVERY ONE of our previous evening concerts have been sellouts!
8. Do not send your entrance fee at this time. You will be billed
according to your performance location. BANDS THAT PAY THEIR ENTRANCE FEES LATER THAN
NOVEMBER 1, 2009 WILL
BE MOVED TO THE WAITING LIST AND REPLACED BY ANOTHER BAND FROM OUR WAITING
There are two participation fees
for high school or junior high BIG BANDS, depending on where you perform.
- $250 fee to help cover your
ensembles clinic expenses with televised and auditorium performances
if you perform
- $225 fee to help cover your
ensemble's clinic expenses if you perform any place other than on stage.
NOTE: Ensembles that withdraw
after JANUARY 4, 2010, will forfeit their entire entrance fee. DO NOT SEND YOUR FEE UNTIL
YOU ARE BILLED.
Complete the online application
beginning at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, and address any questions to:
QUESTIONS ARE HIGHLY PREFERRED to phone calls.
New Trier High School
385 Winnetka Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093
FAX (847) 501-6400
EMAIL address: email@example.com