• Auditions have been completed for the 2019-20 performance year. 

  • See our home page for current information about 2020-21 performance year and auditions for it (which are currently on hold).

  • If you wish to be notified about these upcoming auditions, please select Contact from the menu above and complete a message with subject name "2020-21 Audition"

  • Recent audition materials are below for your reference

Why Audition for YJED?

  • If you are auditioning for ILMEA Senior Jazz (which we wholeheartedly recommend!), the same materials are used to audition for YJED!  You may already be ready!

  • If you are accepted...

    • You will play with top high school jazz talent from 20+ high schools in DuPage county and surrounding areas.  You will grow faster as a musician, and that will help you be a stronger leader in your own high school bands!

    • You will play high-level jazz ensemble music that you otherwise might not have had the opportunity to play...both in concert and in an annual studio recording.

    • You will follow in a 20 year tradition.  Whether you pursue a professional music career, continue to play for fun, or even just listen knowledgeably to jazz, your time in YJED will carry on with you long after your last recording session!

Instrumentalists audition material 2019-20 :

  • Perform 2019-20 ILMEA audition chart "Out The Window"’ by Adam Larson

    • Listen to and follow the score to "Out The Window" here

    • Check with your school's band director for individual parts for your audition (or your school's band website may have them).

  • Perform your school’s 2019-20 Senior Jazz ILMEA Jim Snidero Etude (it will vary by ILMEA district, see www.ilmea.org for details).

  • Sight reading

  • By instrument, also demonstrate ability to:

    • (Saxophone/Trumpet/Trombone) Improvise on “F Blues.” More advanced improvisers are welcome to also improvise on “Bb Rhythm” changes.

    • (Piano) “Comp” on “F Blues” and “Bb Rhythm” changes.

    • (Guitar) Read or create a “comping pattern” for a Bossa Nova.

    • (Bass) Walk a bass line through an “F blues” and a “Bb Rhythm” changes. Also create bass lines for Latin (Samba, Bossa Nova) and funk grooves.

    • (Drums) Play Swing, Latin (Samba and Bossa Nova), and funk.

    • Note: Links for F Blues above from ILMEA website


Vocalists audition material 2019-20:

  • Bring two jazz standards of your choice to perform. You can bring a pre-recorded accompaniment or sing with a live rhythm section (you must bring lead sheets, we will provide the rhythm section).

YJED Member Expectations

  • Attendance is essential. Absences are executed if the director is notified 24 hours in advance of non-attendance. YJED members may be replaced due to multiple unexcused absences or at the discretion of the director

  • Rehearsals from November-May are Monday 6:30pm-8:30pm at Monroe Middle School in Wheaton.  Additional rehearsals may be scheduled as required by the performance schedule.

  • Members are expected to learn the music outside of rehearsal and to come prepared. Rehearsal is not "practice your parts" time.

  • A financial commitment will be determined and communicated at the time of audition, to pay for rehearsal space rental, music acquisition, and other costs.

  • There is zero tolerance of smoking and drug use by members.

  • Members are expected to demonstrate respect toward other members, guest clinicians, and directors.

  • Parental involvement is strongly encouraged. The needs can vary from photography, chaperoning, providing media or providing snacks. Questions may be addressed to Mr. Blazek.