Jazz Unlimited of Greater Milwaukee offers Scholarships to deserving High School and Pre-High School JAZZ Musicians.
Musicians MUST Be in High School or Pre-High School in the year the Competition is held. We ask you to help us get the word out to them. Encourage them to compete and share their talents! Please post or share this information specifically for students in High School or Pre-High School.
OVER $11,000 in Scholarships and Awards WERE Given Out on Sunday, March 19, 2023.
Watch a Short Video of the Scholarship Competition ! Courtesy: Mark Ward Video Mark Ward Video.com
Competition Was Held Sunday, March 19, 2023 at
The HIDEAWAY, 9643 S. 76th Street, Franklin, WI.
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ALL of the Following Awards are for High School or Pre-High School JAZZ GENRE Students:
AWARDS THAT WERE GIVEN OUT IN THE 2023 COMPETITION!!
LIAM JAKUBOWSKI: $1,500 Wayne “Zim” Zimmermann Showmanship Award
CARLY JANSCHA: $1,000 Mike D’Amore Vocalist Live Performance Memorial Award
LILIAN ALBURG : $1,000 Augie Ray Best Jazz Vocalist Memorial Award
JOHN TSAGALIS: $1,000 Douglas M. and Eleanor M. Gmoser Best Reed Player Award
LUCAS LABEAU: $750 Frank DeMiles (Dominguez) Memorial Award - Piano and/or Vocal
PABLO BEISSER: $750 "In Plane View" Best Performer Award
JAZHAEL VILLALPANDO: $750 Best Instrumentalist / Vocalist Award
AIDAN BRUSUBARDIS: $750 Best Instrumentalist / Vocalist Award
LUKE MURRAY: $750 Best Guitarist Award
JOE LORENZ: $500 Jane Giliberty Best Drummer Award
LOGAN KRUEGER: $500 "The Oak Creek Lions" Best Performer Award
RILEY KRUEGER: $500 “Taps for VETERANS” Bill Seaman Best Horn Player Award
ADYN HAMANN: $500 David Miller Wind Instrumentalist Award
PETRA MUSANTE: $250 "Tony Mare" Baritone Vocalist Award for 15 Year Old and Younger Jazz Students ONLY
LILYAN KUNSMANN: $250 Theodore "Ted" Peppas Memorial Youth Award for 15 Year Old and Younger Jazz Students ONLY
LEAH KUNSMANN: $250 Theodore "Ted" Peppas Memorial Youth Award for 15 Year Old and Younger Jazz Students ONLY
Winners are encouraged to use the Scholarship Money for Jazz-Related
Activities (Camps, Lessons, Instruments, etc.). Awards will be presented
at the conclusion of the Competition.
Winners of the various categories will be invited to perform at the JAZZ JAM Sunday, April 23, 2023.
APPLICATION As a "PDF" Can Be Downloaded HERE
APPLICATION In "Word" Form Can Be Downloaded HERE
Link to JUDGING CRITERIA ALL CATEGORIES & PERFORMANCE HINTS 2023 HERE
Advertising POSTERS That May Be Downloaded and Posted: 8 ½ x 11 Poster HERE 8 ½ x 14 Poster HERE
Here is an Attachment That DEMONSTRATES Various Types of SHOWMANSHIP & PERFORMANCE ABILITY. Showmanship Has Been Lacking in Previous Years. These Clips May Help You In Establishing "CONNECTIVITY" With Your Audience !! Showmanship Clips
Joe Turano - Singer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer/Arranger, Music Director for the Late Al Jarreau, Toured With Michael Bolton, Album Contributions to Rod Stewart, Cher, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker
Sue Russell - International Jazz Vocalist, Singing professionally since 9 years old. Part of 17 Piece "Allstar Superband". Plays Clarinet, Keys, and Guitar. Recently released her new CD.
Mike DeRose - Taught guitar for 20 years. Mike has played in numerous locales from New York to California. He can recently be found performing for the Hal Leonard Instructional Series.
Sherwood Alper – Singer, Drummer, Former Member of the Four Lads, Drummer With Skip Wagner - an Incredible Show and Comedy Production
Audition Information / Times – The Applicant
MUST Arrange for Their Own Accompanist/s or an Accompanist Provided by
Jazz Unlimited – Jazz Unlimited Will Provide a KEYBOARD & DRUMMER
Accompanist. Original music pieces are NOT Allowed.
NO PRERECORDED MATERIAL WILL BE
ALLOWED THIS YEAR. THE USE of CELL PHONES or
INTERNET SOURCES for Accompaniment is STRICTLY PROHIBITED! Applicants May
NOT Use the Judges for Accompaniment.
Each Song Must be a Minimum of 2 Minutes Long But NO Longer than 4 Minutes.
Each Applicant Will Perform 1 or 2 Songs, Submitted by the
Entry Deadline Date. The Scholarship Chair will determine whether 1 or 2
songs will be performed which is dependent on the Number of Applications
and Time Constraints. THE APPLICANT WILL
SELECT THE FIRST SONG WHICH WILL ALSO BE THE "SINGLE SONG" TO BE PERFORMED
IN THE EVENT ONLY ONE SONG IS TO BE PERFORMED.
THE SECOND SONG WILL ALSO BE SELECTED ON THE
APPLICATION IN THE EVENT TWO SONGS WILL BE PERFORMED.
The Applicant’s “Performance Order” will be determined by the Scholarship Chair prior to the competition. All Applicants MUST arrive no later than 15 Minutes, (But are Encouraged to Arrive 1 Hour), Before the Scheduled Start of the Competition. Applicants will be informed of the “Performance Order” at this time or earlier if possible. Applicants will also be afforded a 30 Second “Warm-up” to Set Sound Levels, patches, etc. which is NOT part of the Competition. Applicants are encouraged to remain until the end of the Competition to receive their award.
Instrumental Applicants should select a ballad and/or an up tempo Jazz Related rhythm piece to play. The judges look for applicant's ability to present the melody accurately in addition to their own uniqueness and improvisation. A Keyboard, Guitar and Bass Amp Will Be Provided. Applicants should perform their best piece, either Ballad or Up Tempo if only 1 song is to be performed.
Vocalist Applicants should select a ballad and an up tempo Jazz Related rhythm piece to sing. The judges look for applicant's quality of voice, pitch control and originality in their presentation. Vocalists Are STRONGLY URGED To Bring Their OWN MIC. A mic cord and PA are Provided. Applicants should perform their best piece, either Ballad or Up Tempo if only 1 song is to be performed.
Drummers should demonstrate the ability to play brushes and sticks in different Jazz Related rhythms. A Drum Kit will be provided. Drummers may NOT bring their own kit. Drummers must supply their own sticks and brushes. Drummers are Encouraged to Provide Their OWN THRONE. Drummers may configure the supplied kit in any manner they choose but they are not allowed to tune the drums. Applicants should perform their best piece, either Ballad or Up Tempo if only 1 song is to be performed.
Musical Aptitude – The applicant should demonstrate an above average ability to play their instrument or sing jazz vocals at their grade or age level as well as have a particular interest in jazz music.
Mike Mecha is the Scholarship Chair Person: (414) 840-2224 email@example.com ALL Applicants are advised to contact the Scholarship Chair Person with any questions.
The Applicant will choose the selections they play. The following pieces are ONLY suggestions. Applicants will be advised to contact the Scholarship Chair Person with any questions they have about selections. Note: Depending on how the tempo of the song is played, it may be either a Ballad or Up Tempo.
Rhythm Pieces / Up Tempo
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