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Jazz Festival

The 60th Annual EIU Jazz Festival will be held on February 8 and 9, 2019. The festival will open on Friday, February 8, with a concert featuring the EIU Jazz Ensemble and guest performances by three EIU jazz alumni.

A Glimpse of EIU Jazz: Past, Present, and Future. 

This year’s EIU Jazz Festival celebrates EIU’s jazz heritage. Special guests and EIU jazz alumni Josh Marcus (alto sax), Aaron Eckert (trombone), and Tim Stanley (trumpet) will join the EIU Jazz Ensemble for the opening concert.  The program will include music from the Jazz Festival’s first year, 1960, along with timeless classics and contemporary favorites.  The concert will be an exciting and vibrant beginning to one of Illinois’ preeminent collegiate jazz events and one of EIU’s oldest traditions.

On Saturday, February 10th, visiting bands will perform, compete, and participate in clinics presented by our guest artists, adjudicators, and EIU Jazz faculty.  Festival participants and audience members will also be treated to a midday performance by the guest artists.

Information for Directors - please complete all three forms below

The due date for entries is Friday, January 11, 2019.



joshJosh Marcus is a saxophonist originally from Lexington, KY. He attended Eastern Illinois University for his Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies and pursued a Master’s at William Paterson University. He studied with Dr. Sam Fagaly and Paul Johnston at EIU, saxophonists Vincent Herring and Rich Perry, and pianist Mulgrew Miller at William Paterson. He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Lovano, Benny Golson, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Laspina, and many others. Currently, Josh is on tour playing keys with Cigarettes after Sex and working on his own projects. Check out for more information. 


aaronAaron Eckert, originally from Belleville, IL, recently won the third trombone chair with the U.S. Army Blues. Aaron completed his master's degree at the Eastman School of Music with degrees in Jazz & Contemporary Media Performance (trombone) and Performance and Literature (euphonium).  Aaron was also awarded a Performer's Certificate while at Eastman.  Aaron holds bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies from Eastern Illinois University. During the 2017-2018 school year, Aaron served as the low brass instructor at Mr. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR.

Recently, Aaron was awarded 1st prize in the Rich Matteson Jazz Euphonium Competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Competition, as well as 2nd place in the quartet competition with the Carillon Tuba Quartet. Additionally, Aaron was selected as a finalist in the 2015 International Trombone Association J.J. Johnson Competition, and placed 2nd in the Texas State Jazz Competition.  Aaron currently resides in Virginia with his wife, Anna. 


tomTrumpeter, vocalist, composer and arranger Tim Stanley is one of the most in-demand performers in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. region. In 2004, he was selected as the featured trumpet soloist in the United States Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, The Commodores. Tim is also a founding member of the Grammy-winning Latin jazz ensemble Afro-Bop Alliance, and the Unified Jazz Ensemble from Annapolis, MD. As an educator, Tim has presented numerous clinics across the USA and served on the faculty of the Maryland Summer Jazz Camp and The National Jazz Workshop at Shenandoah University. Tim has performed and/or recorded with Chris Potter, Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Donny McCasling Jerry Bergonzi, Terrel Stafford, Eddie Daniels, Doc Severinsen, Dave Samuels, Seamus Blake, Poncho Sanchez, Arturo O’Farrill, Bill Matrous and many other musical luminaries. 


This performance is supported by the Consolidated Communications Artists Series underwriting great jazz performances.

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