Edison Middle School Bands

The music program at Edison Middle School has over 180 students. There are three concert bands, three jazz bands, two jazz combos, orchestra, and choir.

The EMS Jazz Ensemble has participated in many festivals including the New Trier Jazz Festival, IGSMA district festival, and the Purdue jazz festival where Edison came in first place this year. Edison has performed in numerous locations including the Krannert Center and the Park District. The EMS Jazz Ensemble is proud to announce that we have been invited to the 70th Annual Midwest Conference in Chicago, IL as well as the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria, IL.

About Our Director

Originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Kimberly Branch earned degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. She studied under the direction of Prof. Ron Carter, Prof. Art Davis, Fareed Haque, Dr. Ronnie Wooten, Prof. Reginald Thomas, Dr. Roosevelt Griffin, and many more. Ms. Branch has also toured with the Northern Illinois Jazz Ensemble with many world reknown guest artist such as Wycliffe Gordon, Sean Jones, and Randy Brecker to name a few.

Ms. Branch has worked with numerous elementary, middle, and high schools around Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin as well as numerous jazz camps such as the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Camp in Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Northern Illinois Jazz camp in DeKalb, IL. Her number one goal is to see all of her students succeed inside and outside of the music world.

Ms. Branch can be reached at branchki@champaignschools.org