The Frank Mantooth
at New Trier High School
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
understand this is a paperless festival with everything coming via email or
through the festival website. I don't have email or the Internet at home or school. How
can my band participate?
had such a school last year with this problem last year when we went
paperless.. The solution was for the director to designate a student who did
have email and internet access to be the director's representative. It is
important to keep an eye on the web page and check for festival emails at
least once a week in the early stages, and daily in the last few weeks. A
student will feel quite empowered and important to keep you informed.
Directors will have access
to a webpage updated everyday called "DIRECTOR CORRESPONDENCE." On this
webpage you can see if you have paid for things, how many item you have
just don't take time anymore to do mailings. Also, emails receive answers much
faster than leaving a voicemail.
I want to bring non-performers (another band) from my school for the evening
concert. Is this possible?
As long as tickets last you can order non-performer tickets for $25. Tickets
for performers and chaperones are only $15 each if ordered on the
application form. You may NOT raise your ticket request order, only lower
I want to bring my band for the daytime clinics and evening
concert, but do not want to perform. Is there a way to do this?
A. Yes. You may purchase a block of reserved seats for the evening concert
for $25 each as long as they last. (2 tickets are complimentary) You may attend the daytime
events for free... just let me know you
are coming for the day.
When does the evening concert end?
they may not always listen, we have in our contract with the guest artists
that they should play absolutely no longer than 10:00 p.m. If you have
parents that want to know when to pick up their kids at school, tell them to
watch the concert on INTERNET live. They can then judge about when you might
be arriving back at your school.
do we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner?
and lunch is available at the high school and is not your typical "jazz fest
meal." Our school's Fine Arts Association takes great pride in the
meals they prepare for students at our festival. We encourage you to have
your band eat lunch at the festival because the profits from the cafeteria
is used to offset the losses from charging such a small registration
fee for schools.
The parent group also makes a wonderful and FREE lunch available for the
directors. We believe we have the very best food of any jazz festival
Dinner is available in the area, but not at school. We will provide a list and map of places to
eat. Some require a reservation for large groups, others are typical fast
food places. Your dinner break starts at 5:00 p.m., and you must be in your
reserved seats for the evening concert by 7:20 p.m. Therefore, dinner is not
a relaxing experience.
Q. Our group just isn't that great and I don't want them to be embarrassed.
Is this a competition?
A. This is the perfect festival for you. We do everything possible to take
away the overwhelming negative experiences that competitive festivals always
create for students. There are
no scores or comparisons between bands. Since there are no losers, everyone
is a winner. Our goal is to provide the best possible first jazz festival
experience for younger, less experience bands AND DIRECTORS. This is not a
festival for bands that compete regularly.
The festival awards
are for individuals, not bands. The clinicians can each recognize any number
of truly outstanding musicians that they hear during the day. High school
students can receive t-shirts signed by the professional musicians that
perform in the evening concert. Junior high players can receive a
play-a-long CD (awarded right when the band finishes performing) that Jamie
Aebersold donates to our festival.
How are clinicians selected?
We avoid hiring clinicians who are not successful jazz teachers. To just be
a great jazz player does not guarantee that the clinician can get in front
of less experience groups and say things that are positive and helpful.
A webpage with clinician bios is linked from the left margin of this page.
What is the best way to prepare my band for this festival and get the best
Just a few suggestions...
1. Plan to stay for the evening concert. This is the only festival that,
year after year, students will hear everything from junior high players, to
high school, to college, and finally to professionals. Groups that stay to
hear the pro groups get the most out of the day.
2. Tell your students to
expect to be exhausted by the end of the day and pace themselves.
3. REQUIRE your students to attend the special interest sessions during the
4. Tell your students to not just watch a band play... but follow that band
to the clinic room to see what a clinician will say to make their future
5. Tell your students to not park themselves in the cafeteria all day. Sure
they will need time to get away from all the music, but they also need to
take this opportunity to hear how others their age play.
6. Tell them to participate in the Sight Reading Band.
7. Remind them that during the evening concert they are part of a very large
audience. Most everyone on the main floor are adults who paid more for their
seats than did the participating bands.
8. Printout and distribute in advance the bios of the clinicians (linked
from the left margin) who will be working with your band. It will help your
students better understand their backgrounds and experiences.
9. Carefully read the festival "rules" (linked from the left
margin) so you don't forget to do something, or plan a program
that is too long.
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