The GBN Jazz Ensemble at Fitzgerald’s Night Club

May 21st- 5:30-6:15pm

The Jazz Ensemble will be playing a set at Fitzgerald’s on Sunday, May 21st.  Fitzgerald’s is located at 6615 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL.  The show starts at 5:30.  Family members can get in for half price by printing this coupon.  Immediately after the show the Chicago Skyliners Big Band will be performing.  Plan to stay for the whole show!  We hope to see you there.

An itinerary for the day is available here.

2016-17 Jazz Band Registration Information

About GBN Jazz

There are 2 jazz bands at GBN: the Jazz Lab Band and the Jazz Ensemble.  Both bands meet every day from 6:55-7:35 AM except Wednesday.  Wednesday is Jazz Combo day which involves all the rhythm section players (piano, bass, guitar and drums) and any wind players that would like to play in a small group. There are a LOT of opportunities to play jazz if you want to!

The Audition Process

This year we will not require a placement audition for incoming freshmen interested in joining a Jazz Band. All freshman will be placed in the Lab Band unless they would like to be considered for the Jazz Ensemble. Those who wish to audition should download the music HERE and contact Mr. Chapman to arrange an audition time.

How to sign up

Signing up for the band is easy. Simply fill out an 8th class/early-bird form and submit it to your counselor. You will need to do this even if jazz band isn’t your 8th class as it is required for all early bird classes. If you already have 8 classes and would still like to participate, please contact Mr. Chapman to see what arrangements can be made.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Chapman at 847-509-2437 or
We look forward to having you in the band next year!



About the Jazz Bands

The Jazz Band program at GBN consists of two bands, the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Lab Band.  These bands meet each morning from 6:55-7:35am.  The bands play a wide variety of music that ranges from traditional big band swing tunes to contemporary rock tunes.  The bands play at school concerts as well as community events such as Festa Italiana, Northbrook pancake breakfast and Rotary Club events.

Jazz band is a credit course and enrollment is open to any GBN band member.  The bands have performed with many guest artists over the years including Doug Beach, Bob Lark, Paul Wertico, Ellen Rowe, Dana Hall, Jeff Coffin and more.