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$120 Early Bird Director Rate
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$150 Pre-conference Director Rate
Through Dec.15th
$85 First Time Attendee Rate
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$50

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Elmhurst College Jazz Band

  • Under the direction of Doug Beach, the Elmhurst College Jazz Band has earned worldwide acclaim as an outstanding ensemble. In June of 2014, the Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards named the Elmhurst College Jazz Band the Undergraduate College winner in the large jazz ensemble category. The band has performed in Greece, Romania, England, Scotland, Ireland, Croatia, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Indonesia, Malta, Spain, Portugal, Spain, Serbia, Canada and the Bahamas. It has twice toured Europe at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. It has appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Northsea Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival, the Vienne Jazz Festival and others. In 1997, the band was the only college jazz ensemble invited to perform at the Jak Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. Closer to home, the Jazz band has performed at festivals across the United States, and has received outstanding ratings from jazz greats Clark Terry, Lee Konitz, Rob McConnell, Nicholas Payton, Randy Brecker and Bob Brookmeyer among others. In 2001, the band accompanied Dee Dee Bridgewater on the main stage at the Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park. The band regularly appears with the most respected musicians in professional jazz. Recent guest artists have included Bobby Shew, the Yellowjackets, Wayne Bergeron, Patti Austin, John Pizzarelli, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Denis DiBlasio, Gary Smulyan, Tom Scott, Bill Watrous, Patrick Williams. In October of 2017, the band was honored to be invited by Doc Severinsen to accompany him on a concert tour of Ohio.
  • UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLES
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  • Elmhurst College Jazz Band
  • Doug Beach
  • Doug Beach is a performer, composer, publisher, educator, arranger, and Grammy Award winner. At Elmhurst College, where he has taught since 1978, he serves as director of the acclaimed Elmhurst College Jazz Band and as director of jazz studies. Under his direction, the Jazz Band has made over 30 European tours (twice at the invitation of the U.S. State Department) and has performed in jazz festivals across the world. The band regularly appears with jazz greats such as Gary Smulyan, Dennis Mackrel, Nicholas Payton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin, Lee Konitz, Jeff Hamilton, and Bobby Shew. The band and it’s members are frequent award winners in Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards, and in 2014 the Elmhurst College Jazz Band was named by Downbeat the winner in the large jazz ensemble category for undergraduate institutions. Beach is equally well known for his work as a publisher and composer. His company, Doug Beach Music, is one of the world’s leading publishers of educational jazz music, and each year since 1995 he has been the recipient of a Plus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). In 1996, the Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices recorded his arrangement of “Cottontail” on a CD that went on to win the Grammy Award for best large jazz ensemble. Other awards include a 2003 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Elmhurst College (the College’s highest teaching award), the 2012 Faculty Merit Award and a 2015 Jazz Education Achievement Award from Downbeat Magazine. Beach is also a highly sought-after clinician and adjudicator. He has served as a conductor, guest artist, or judge throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, and Europe. He has conducted 18 All-State jazz ensembles and twice has served as an artist-in-residence for the Illinois Arts Council. A Yamaha performing artist and clinician, Beach plays Yamaha trumpets and flugelhorns. For information regarding performances, master classes, or clinics, please contact Yamaha Artist Relations at (317) 524-6270.