Sunday, March 17, 2019 SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION at Cascio Interstate Music, 13819 W National Ave, New Berlin WI, 1 PM

Jazz Unlimited of Greater of Milwaukee is again offering scholarships to deserving High School and Pre-High 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 and encourage them to compete and share their talents! Please post or share this information specifically for students in High School or Pre-High School.

Guidelines and Requirements

The following $5000 in scholarships will be awarded on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Auditions will start at 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 at Cascio Interstate Music 13819 W National Ave, New Berlin, WI. Entry Deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019. Applications Must Be Received by Friday, March 8, 2019

1 - $1,000 Douglas M. and Eleanor M. Gmoser Best Reed Player Award High School or Pre-High School Students
1 - $1,000 Wayne “Zim” Zimmermann Showmanship Award, High School or Pre-High School Students
3 - $500 Best Instrumentalist Awards, High School or Pre-High School Students
1 - $500 Best Jazz Vocalist Award, High School or Pre-High School Students
1 - $500 Most Unique & Original Vocalist Award, High School or Pre-High School Students
2 - $250 Deirdre Fellner West End Conservatory Scholarships for 14 and 15 year old jazz students only.  Student MUST be 14 or 15 Years old in the year of the Competition.

Application form can be downloaded HERE.

This Years Judges
Kaye Berigan
Suzanne Grzanna
Samuel Steffke

To View the Judging Criteria for ALL Categories and see “Hints to Competitors” Click HERE.

Audition Information / Times – The applicant must arrange for their own recorded or live solo accompanist. Original music pieces are NOT Allowed. A CD player will be furnished to play WAV songs and a Laptop to play digital recordings, (WAV, MP3, MP4). Songs Must be a Minimum of 1½ Minutes Long But NO Longer than 4 Minutes. All persons to perform at the scholarship contest must be present at 12:45.

The Applicant’s “Performance Order” will be determined by a random drawing prior to the competition.  Applicants MUST be present at 12:45.  Applicants will be informed of the “Performance Order” at this time.  Applicants will also be afforded a 30 Second “Warm-up” to set sound levels, patches, etc. which is NOT part of the Competition.

Applicants May NOT use the Judges or Internet Sources for accompaniment. Winners choose where to apply the scholarship money for Jazz-Related Activities (camps, lessons, instruments, etc.).
Winners of the various categories will be invited to perform at the April JAZZ JAM.

Instrumental applicants should select a ballad and an up tempo Jazz related rhythm piece to perform. The judges look for applicant's ability to present the melody and improvise one or more of the choruses.

Vocalist applicants should be prepared to choose two or three choices of ballad, up tempo jazz Related song selections. They should be prepared to sing no more than two choruses of their selections.

Musical Aptitude – The applicant should have demonstrated an above average ability to play their instrument or to sing jazz vocals at their grade or age level as well as have a particular interest in jazz music. Optional: letter of recommendation.

Drummers should demonstrate the ability to play brushes and sticks in different  Jazz related rhythms. A Drum Kit will be provided or Drummers may set up and use their own kit. Drummers must supply their own sticks and brushes. Drummers may configure the supplied kit in any manner they choose but they are not allowed to tune the drums. Please contact Mike Mecha at or (414) 840-2224 in advance for details about setting up.

Trade Fours: The applicant will be asked to “trade fours” on a jazz or blues related song; that is, play improvised four-bar phrases on the jazz/blues song alternately with their own recorded music or live solo accompanist.

Mike Mecha is the Scholarship Chair Person: (414)840-2224

You may download the official Jazz Unlimited student application form at Please do not hesitate to contact the Scholarship Chair Person with any questions or to simply submit an application.

While it is your choice as to the selections you play, the following pieces are only suggestions. Feel free to call (414)840-2224 or email at with any questions you have about selections:


Willow Weep for Me
Body and Soul
Georgia on My Mind
My Romance
That's All
This Masquerade
Unchained Melody
House of the Rising Sun
At Last
Cry Me A River
Time After Time
Teach Me Tonight

Rhythm Pieces Uptempo

Lullaby of Birdland
Cheek to Cheek
Take Five
Minnie The Moocher
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
I Wish You Love
I've Got a Feeling
Gimme That Wine
Hello Dolly
Route 66
I’ve Got The World On A String
Fly Me To The Moon
Summer Wind
Watermelon Man

Please do not hesitate to contact Mike Mecha (Scholarship Chair) at or (414) 840-2224 with any questions or simply to submit an application.