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Congratulations 2021-22 YJED Members

We look forward to a great year!

Members calendar

(Details will be added as they are available)

Every Monday: Rehearsal 6:30-8:30p

Monroe Middle School, Wheaton IL. 

Remaining rehearsals: May 9, May 16, May 23

Sunday June 5 2022: Recording session (Noon-5pm)

  • Recording session at Transient Sound

  • Address: 1803 W Byron, Chicago (near Ashland and Irving Park, (Link to map).

  • 12:00 noon     Call

  • 1:00 - 5:00pm Recording session

Wednesday ​May 18, 2022: Jazz Showcase (Time 7:15pm)

Performance at The Jazz Showcase: 806 S Plymouth Ct., Chicago (Link to map)

  • 6:15-6:45p  Arrive at Showcase (allow time for traffic!)

  • 7:15p           Performance

Please plan to also listen to complete 1st set by the Bob Lark Alumni band (from 8:15p to about 9:00p).  $15 admission for general public.  Fee parking nearby.

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TBD:Other performance(s)

Specific date(s) and location(s) to come

October 1-15 2021 Auditions

Auditions have closed, but see About Auditions tab for information about 2021-22 auditions and insights for upcoming 2022-23 auditions

Monday Nov. 1, 2021: First rehearsal/parent meeting

First rehearsal 6:30-8:00p, parent meeting 8:00p

Tuesday January 18, 2022: The Venue at 6:30pm

Perform at The Venue in Aurora (Link to site, and to map)

  • 6:00pm  Call

  • 6:30pm  Performance

  • 7:30pm  Listen to set by Pete Ellman Big Band

Monday May 23: Final Rehearsal 6:30-8:30p

Note different location: WHEATON NORTH HS, 701 W. Thomas Rd. Wheaton 60187. Enter off of Geneva Rd and Morse St.

​Sunday January 23, 2022: Winter concert at 4:00pm

Perform at Judson University Thomson Center (Link to map)

  • Noon      Arrival and set-up

  • 1:00pm   EE Recording session

  • 2:00pm  Pizza Lunch

  • 2:30pm  Adam Larson clinic & run-thru

  • 4:00pm  Performance

  • 5:30pm  Ciean-up

Thursday February 24, 2022: Elmhurst Jazz Festival

  • 11:30am  All student musicians are expected to hear the other 4 bands (and the feedback from the guest clinicians) starting at noon. Therefore, plan to arrive on campus by 11:30a for time to park, find Hammerschmidt Chapel and assigned warm-up room, and be seated.

  • Noon     Be seated in Hammerschmidt Chapel to hear the 1st band and clinicians. (YJED is the 5th of 5 bands).

  • 5:30pm Depart after performance by clinicians and the Elmhurst University band.

  • Mr Blazek will provide additional details as they become available. Note again that all student musicians (and their parents) are responsible for transportation to/from!

Sunday ​May 15, 2022: Spring concert at 6:30pm

  • Performance at Immanuel Lutheran Church/School: 300 S. Pathway Ct., Crystal Lake 60014 (Link to map)

  • 5:00pm  Call/Setup

  • 5:30pm  Warmup/Rehearsal with Kirk Garrison

  • 6:30pm  Performance