Illinois Band Directors:
The All-Illinois Junior Band was founded for the express purpose of creating a premier musical experience for the state’s finest middle school band students. As the first statewide middle school honor band in over half a century, membership in AIJB is determined solely through competitive blind auditions. Its goals are to provide an opportunity for middle school students to perform excellent literature with a mature ensemble and distinguished conductor, to interact with similarly dedicated student musicians from around the State of Illinois, and to encourage and inspire these outstanding young musicians to continue their musical studies.
Nationally Recognized Guest Conductor
Only the finest conductors and music educators to work with the students.
Rehearsal and performance in a world class concert hall.
Blindly adjudicated auditions with high standards for acceptance. Membership determined solely by audition.
High quality literature prepared by the students in advance of the festival.
Appropriately sized ensemble with balanced instrumentation.
Single participation fee covers costs associated with the AIJB Festival, including a t-shirt, Friday night reception, and lunch on Saturday. (Free concert admission, no director fee, and no school participation fee)
2016 Guest Conductor
The All-Illinois Junior Band is pleased to announce Dr. Linda Moorhouse as the inaugural guest conductor for the 2016 Festival.
Dr. Linda R. Moorhouse joined the Illinois faculty in the fall of 2010 and currently serves as Associate Director for Undergraduate Affairs in the School of Music. She also holds an appointment in the Bands Division as Senior Associate Director, where she teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting. Ensembles under her direction have been featured at both national and regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, and the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance International Conference. While Dr. Moorhouse is a proponent of new music for wind band and has been part of several commissioning consortiums, she believes firmly in the historical value of the wind band’s treasured masterworks and their importance to future music educators. Prior to her Illinois appointment, she served on the faculty at Louisiana State University for over 20 years, where she was the recipient of select campus-wide awards for teaching excellence. (more…)
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I truly appreciate the opportunity you’ve provided for our more motivated students. I look forward to being a part of it again in the future. My band parents were thrilled with the entire experience.
Tom Tedeschi, Lakeview Jr. High School
My students had and excellent experience. I hope this is something that will become a tradition for many years to come.
Amanda Allen, Monticello Middle School
My applicants practiced harder than I’ve ever seen them, listening back, reflecting, recording…regardless of whether they make it into the ensemble or not, it has already been a great learning process.
Karen Moffett, Westview Hills Middle School
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