REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (18-19)Jazz EnsembleDaily Rehearsal for 80 minutes(Block Class - Semester 1)Daily Rehearsal for 40 minutes(Zero Hour Class - Semester 2)Jazz OrchestraDaily Rehearsal for 80 minutes (Block Class)Monday Sect. 6:45-7:30pm / Reh. 7:30-9:00pmWednesday Sect. 7:00-7:50am
*Jazz Combo rehearsals are TBD.
PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTSEssentially Ellington Finalist, Jazz@Lincoln Center, NYC(09, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18 - Honorable Mention)Top Three Finish at Purdue University Jazz Festival(04, 06, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, Honor Band - 17, Honor Band - 18)Top Three Finish at UW-Eau-Clarie Jazz Festival(04, 14)1st Place and Grand Champions Western Illinois Univ. Jazz Festival(2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)1st Place and Grand Champion at Festival Disney(2007, 2011, 2015)1st Place and Grand Champion at Bob Kames Jazz Festival (2010)Performed with Gordon Goodwin and His Phat Band
Top Three finish at Jazz in the Meadows(10, 11, 13) 2017 & 2018 Grand Champions
1st Place UW-Platteville Jazz Festival (2010, 2015, 2016, 2017)
1st Place UW-Green Bay Jazz Festival(2007, 2008)1st Place Coe College Jazz Summit (Cedar Rapids, IA)(2015)
1st Place Carroll College Jazz Festival (2006)
2nd place at the All-American Music Festival, Orlando, FL (2003)
The award winning Beloit Memorial Jazz Orchestra (BMJO) is an auditioned ensemble which meets throughout the year (see weekly schedule) The band performs at several competitive jazz festivals a year traveling throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and takes a bi-annual trip to New Orleans. The BMJO has consistently earned Superior ratings at these festivals, often placing in the top three. In 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2018 the band was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival and Competition in NYC. In addition, the band has several local performances, including the annual “Knight of Jazz” Spaghetti Dinner.
The Beloit Memorial Jazz Ensemble is for less experienced students who wish to explore / continue studies in jazz. The band meets one evening and one morning per week and also performs at several competitive jazz festivals, as well as local performances. In 2017 & 2018 BMJE placed 1st at the Purdue University Jazz Festival in the 2nd Bands Division.