Jazz Bands

The jazz program at Central High School includes three jazz bands and three combos. Participation in the program is by audition at the beginning of the year.


 Stage Band

The Stage Band is an intermediate to advanced level big band.


Jazz Ensemble

Participation in the Jazz Ensemble requires a considerable commitment including rehearsals before school three mornings per week, sectional rehearsals outside of the school day and a busy performance schedule. The group performs at local events and travels to local and national jazz festivals.


Lab Band

The Lab Band consists of beginning and intermediate musicians and serves as a gateway opportunity for students who are new to jazz.


Jazz Combos

The three Jazz Combos offer select students an opportunity to sharpen their improvisation skills. Will help from their directors, combo members choose and arrange their own music, create their own rehearsal schedule and even book their own gigs. They perform locally at civic functions and at festivals and competitions.


Central Jazz Fest Volunteers

Volunteers are still needed for Central Jazz Fest on April 12 & 13. Please sign up to volunteer a shift or bring baked goods. Thank you!!

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Essential Ellington

Central’s Jazz Ensemble has been accepted as one of 15 Finalist Bands at this year’s 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington Festival to be held May 10-12 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Congratulations!!

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Calendar of Jazz Events

December 12: Iron Post-All 3 Jazz Bands (6pm start time) January 8: Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal (TBA) January 11: Jazz Ensemble Recording at the U of I (TBA) January 19: Iron Post- Jazz Ensemble, Beloit, Oak Park (5pm Start time) January 20: Purdue Jazz Festival- All Jazz Bands and Combos (7AM -9PM) February 3: Trivia Night-Continue reading →

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Door-to-Door Jazz Fundraiser on April 8, 2017

Communities cheer when a hometown team reaches the Sweet 16. This spring, Champaign-Urbana has reason to celebrate a musical triumph for a hometown band. Champaign Central Jazz Ensemble has been accepted to a prestigious jazz competition, arguably the high school band equivalent of the Sweet 16. Central Jazz Ensemble, led by John Currey, is oneContinue reading →

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Fundraising for the Jazz Ensemble!

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 (SavannahContinue reading →

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Eastern Jazz Festival

Eastern Illinois University Jazz Festival – February 11, 2017 There are two buses for this trip which have different departure times: Bus 1 students arrive at 7:15 a.m. Bus 2 students arrive at 10:15 a.m. Both buses will return to Central HS at approximately 7:45 p.m.

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