Jim Warrick

Jim Warrick


Jim Warrick took early retirement after thirty-six years of teaching jazz, concert and marching bands at the high school and college levels. He was the Director of Jazz Ensembles at New Trier High School for twenty-seven years and has also directed the Symphonic Band at Wheaton College. Seeing a need in Illinois for a top-quality, non-competitive jazz festival for “second” bands from schools with more than one jazz ensemble, Jim created the non-competitive Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival, now in its thirtieth year. Jim is also the only high school educator selected to be a member of Downbeat magazine’s “Jazz Education Hall of Fame” and has been the guest director of All-State jazz ensembles in twelve states.

Jim is now pursuing a new career as a prison chaplain. In addition to access to numerous county jails in Illinois, Tennessee and Georgia, he has 24-hour access to maximum security sections at the Illinois State Prison in Joliet and at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, where 4,000 of the prison’s 5,000 inmates have life sentences. He is also active as a teacher and counselor in various juvenile detention facilities.

Jim now lives in Ocoee, Tennessee, where he and his wife, Judy, moved in to a new house they built on a mountain top overlooking the Cherokee National Forest near the Smokey Mountains.

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