Online Resources

Why Jazz?

YouTube Video

Jazz Band: bsn8ht
Jazz Lab A:
Jazz Lab B: fut421

HCHS Resource Links

Click on the link to register for Jazz Lab

Early Bird Schedule

Jazz classes will begin on 
Jazz Lab: Sept. 1, 2016
Jazz Band/Ensemble: Sept. 2, 2016

The early bird classes meet every-other-day on a two-week rotating schedule, but do not meet on Late Start days.  A brief schedule can still be found on the Home page of the music department website,

Monday Late Starts
Early Bird Classes will meet at 8:00 AM on late start Mondays.

APP Resources


Practice makes perfect. iReal Pro offers an easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels master their art. It simulates a real-sounding band that can accompany you as you practice. The app also lets you create and collect chord charts of your favorite songs for reference.  Available for $12.99 from the iTunes store at iReal Pro.


iPhone Screenshot 1

Have a virtual band accompany you as you practice
• Choose from 47 different accompaniment styles (Swing, Ballad, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Bossa Nova, Latin,...)
• Personalize each style with a variety of sounds including piano, fender rhodes, acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic and electric basses, drums, vibraphone, organ, and more.

The Transcribe! application is an assistant for people who want to work out a piece of music from a recording, in order to write it out, or play it themselves, or both. It doesn't do the transcribing for you, but it is essentially a specialised player program which is optimised for the purpose of transcription. It has many transcription-specific features not found on conventional music players.

2017 Summer Jazz Camp Scholarships are available for Chicagoland area high school students through the Bill May Jazz Education Fund, in association with the Jazz Community Big Band. 

Scholarship Applications, along with complete scholarship information are available on our website through our "Scholarship" tab.  Here is the link for your convenience. 

Applications must be postmarked by April 1, so please share this information promptly with those promising young jazz musicians you feel meet the criteria listed below. 

Criteria for Potential Scholarship Recipients of the

Bill May Jazz Education Fund 


Consideration will be limited to high school sophomores and juniors, in good academic standing, who are participating in their school's jazz program. (In rare circumstances, outstanding freshman who meet all other criteria may also be considered.) The focus on "mid" classmen is to help ensure that the benefits to the student of attending jazz camp can be expanded upon through continued participation in their high school's jazz program. 

Additional requirements for consideration are:

·   A letter of recommendation by the student's jazz band instructor or private music teacher, with focus on the student's leadership skills

·   Student's year in high school

·   Student's current GPA

·   Student's instrument

·   An essay by the student, briefly explaining why they should be considered for the scholarship, what they hope to gain from the summer jazz camp experience, and how they plan to share their experience with fellow students the following year

·   An audition may also be required, to be determined on an as-needed basis

The mission of Jazz Community is to uphold its commitment to founder Bill May's original vision of education and entertainment through the uniquely American language of Jazz.  If you'd like further information, that can be found on our website through our "History" tab.

Thank you for helping to keep Jazz alive!

Auditions for Youth Jazz Ensemble of DuPage (YJED)
Audition information is not yet posted for the 2016-2017 season.

Students interested in further opportunities to perform in a jazz ensemble should consider auditioning for YJED. Robert Blazek, retired music director from Wheaton-Warrenville school systems is directing the ensemble again and wants to highlight notable performances for the 2015-2016 season. These include: The Arlington Heights Jazz Jubilee Festival, performing at Fitzgerald's, the Jazz showcase featuring Mark Colby, and to capoff the year, the group will record at the famous Chicago Recording Company!

When: Monday, October 19th, 2015
Where: Hubble Middle School; 3S600 Herrick Rd. Warrneville IL 60555

How: Register for an audition time at

Audition Materials: 2015-2016 IMEA Audition materials. You will also need to solo over F Blues and Bb rhythm changes. See your director for more info.

Rehearsals: Monday Evenings from 6:00-8:30pm at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School

Tuition: $375

IMEA Jazz Auditions - October 11, 2016

Students are asked to complete the following three items at their audition:

        1. Play through IND Line etude with the recording. 
IMEA JAZZ -Friends
A. Snidero Solo Listening - Track plus solo to listen for style
B. Snidero Play-Along Track - Horns - Without solo. For Non-Drummers
C. Snidero Play-Along Track - Drums - Solo without drums

        2. Improvise two choruses over Now's the Time/Billie's Bounce. We are using the chord changes to Billie's Bounce/Now's the Time.  The lead sheets are provided ONLY FOR LEARNING AND PRACTICE.  Students will not be assessed on the head - they won't play the head at all during the audition.

The assessment remains 2 choruses of F Blues.  The harmonic vehicle has been changed to Billie's Bounce/Now's The Time to provide an effective tool to measure the ability to play changes.  It is still two choruses of improvisation only - the head will not be played or evaluated during the audition.  The lead sheets are only to facilitate better jazz learning.

Jamey Aebersold Now's the Time & Billie's Bounce

        3. Play excerpts from the chart composed for this year's IMEA concert, Foo Birds of a Feather. The music was passed out during class, but it is HIGHLY recommended that the student listen to this chart multiple times to understand style. Excerpts are not told to directors. The judges will decide  what they would like the hear when students are in the audition. A recording of the song is below.

Jazz Ensemble

YouTube Links
Links to live performances or recordings of current charts can be found below.  The groove in the drum set "how to" video is how we would like Jackson Square to feel.

Jazz Band