Welcome 2019-20 YJED Members

Looking forward to a great year!

Members calendar

(Details will be added as they are available)

Saxophone/Woodwinds:          High School:

Sam Taylor (Alto 1) (BS)*             Hampshire

Stefan Loest (Alto 2)*                 Glenbard South

Gage Quinn (Tenor 1 )*               Barrington

Samantha Gucwa (Tenor 2)       Benet Academy

Bryan Ortiz (Baritone)                 Dundee Crown

Michael Jenz (Clarinet)*              Wheaton North

Zach Gresik (alternate-Alto)*      Downers Grove South

Miguel Rodriguez (AS)#              Larkin

Angel Lopez (BS)#                      Wheeling


Kellin Hanas (lead)                      Wheaton North

Ryan Kazda                                 Oswego

Nick O'Brien                                Glenbard North

Manny Vasquez                          Dundee-Crown

Cara Neidenbach                       Metea Valley

Jackson Baker (alternate)*         Larkin

Steve Fudacz#                            Downers Grove South

Reuben Martinez#                      Dundee-Crown



Nathan Wiechec (lead)                Downers Grove South

Poorna Kumar*                             Metea Valley

Oliver Espinoza*                           Dundee-Crown

TJ Chabot (bass*                          Wheaton North

Evan Puvalowski (alternate)        Hampshire


Jimmy Sacharski (Piano)              Riverside-Brookfield

Benjamin Mulaomerovic (Guitar) Riverside-Brookfield

Benjamin Hodonicky (Guitar)       Downers Grove North

Connor Sullivan (Bass) *               Westmont

Mason Lampa (Drums/perc)         York

Justin Picard (Drums/perc)           Riverside-Brookfield

Roman Newhouse (Piano)#         Metea Valley

Ani Perez-Brennan (Drums)#       Wheeling


Natalie Johnson                           Metea Valley

*  Also "COVID-edition" band

# Only "COVID-edition" band


Sunday ​April 26 2020: Spring concert at 4:00pm



Sunday August 2 2020: Recording session (Time TBD)

  • Rescheduled from June 7 2020 due to coronavirus

  • Recording session at Transient Sound

  • Address: 1803 W Byron, Chicago (near Ashland and Irving Park, Google Maps link here).

  • 12:00 noon     Call

  • 1:00 - 5:00pm Recording session (with Chris Madsen)

Note: This is tentative subject to governmental decisions

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

Monroe Middle School, Wheaton IL. 

Through April 2020

NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19 and closure of schools in response, Monday rehearsals are cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 season

TBD:Other performance(s)

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

October 7 2019: Auditions

See Audition for YJED tab for details

Saturday August 1 2020 Public rehearsal/concert

  • Tentative preparation for August 2 recording session (see below), subject to governmental decisions regarding coronavirus.

  • Time and location TBD.

Monday October 21 2019: First rehearsal/parent meeting

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

​Sunday November 17 2019: Perform at Fitzgerald's 

  • 4:45pm                  Call

  • 5:15pm - 5:50pm  Performance

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Listen to Bill O'Connell's band

  • Pants, long sleeve shirt, socks and shoes are all dress black, "cubby" blue tie or scarf.

  • Admission TBD

  • Only beverages sold, can bring in food from local

Sunday January 12 2020: EE Recording session

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

​Sunday January 19 2020: Winter concert at 4:00pm

Performance in Thulin Auditorium - Thompson Hall at Judson University. 1151 N State St. (Rt 31), Elgin IL 60123 (Link to map)

  • 2:00pm  Call

  • 2:30pm  Rehearsal

  • 4:00pm  Performance

Monday March 2, 9, and 23rd: March Musical Madness! - Bring a friend to sit in with the Band Month

YJED Band members - don't forget to invite a playing friend who might want to play in YJED next year (2020-2021).  They'll sit in with the band in rehearsal and get to see from the inside what YJED is all about!. Details on home page. 

​Monday March 16 2020: Perform at Jazz Showcase


Wednesday May 27 2020: Perform at Fulton St. Collective

1821 W. Hubbard St,. 3rd floor, Chicago IL. (between Ashland and Damen, Google Maps link here)

  • 7:00pm                 Call

  • 7:30pm                 Warm-up (and soundcheck)

  • 8:00 - 8:45pm      Perform

  • 9:00pm                 Listen to Joel Baer Big Band

Note: originally scheduled for April 14, this is of course tentative subject to governmental decisions.