CHS Jazz Ensemble Travel Expenses

$2,485 of $44,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 21 months
Gretchen Pein
on behalf of Donna Butler
The Champaign Central (IL) High School Jazz Ensemble has been accepted to two prestigious jazz festival competitions this spring and we need your help to get there!  Led by Mr. John Currey, Jazz Ensemble was selected from hundreds of high school jazz bands across the country to participate in these events.

Swing Central Jazz (Savannah GA) “is a three-day workshop and competition with a collective approach to big band jazz instruction. Led by pianist/composer/educator Marcus Roberts, the clinician team includes a wide range of jazz educators such as Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Marsalis, Jim Ketch (Associate Director), Rodney Whitaker and Ron Westray.”  Swing Central Jazz 2017 will take place from March 29 – 31, 2017.  Central High School Jazz Ensemble is one of just twelve bands selected to participate.
Essentially Ellington (New York City)  “The annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival is one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world. Each year, high school musicians from across North America travel to New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at the “House of Swing,” Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.”  CHS Jazz Ensemble is one of fifteen bands from across the country selected to perform. Essentially Ellington Festival will be May 11-13, 2017.

Travel and hotel costs are significant: about $2,000 per band member.  Please help these hard-working students participate in once-in-a-lifetime experiences!  Your donation to the Central Music Boosters is tax deductible and will be applied toward the total band expenses for these two trips.

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Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3:30 pm (central time) tomorrow (Friday May 12). You can watch it live here:

Thanks again for your support!
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Essentially Ellington is right around the corner! All festival performances will be streamed live at

Friday May 12, 2:30 pm - 6 pm ET
Saturday May 13, 10 am -11:30 am ET *and* 1 pm - 2:30 pm ET

The announcement of three top-placing bands will be at 4 pm ET Saturday.

Thank you again for your support!
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Here's the link to the performance in Savannah! If you weren't able to tune in live or the connection was sketchy, this recording is perfect.
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You can watch the Savannah competition LIVE today! Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble performs at 12:10 pm our time (1:10 pm EST).
Thanks for all your support!
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$2,485 of $44,000 goal

Raised by 37 people in 21 months
Created March 7, 2017
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Alice Berkson
19 months ago

Best wishes to the Jazz Ensemble from a CHS alum.

20 months ago
Crystal Djordjevic
20 months ago

Congratulations! You are all very talented.

Sabrina Krejci
20 months ago

Congratulations Jon, have an amazing time!!

Pamela Lischin
21 months ago


William Savage
21 months ago

Good luck in NYC!

Joan Kinsley
21 months ago

Have a blast, Austin! So excited for you!!

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