Free Jazz Concert!  Come out to support Gemini Jazz Band as they prepare for the Illinois Music Education Convention.

When: Friday, Jan. 13 @ 5pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St, Niles

The band program was eliminated from the school budget in the spring of 2004, but since its re-inception in 2005-2006, the Gemini Jazz Band has been a very strong part of the community. They perform regularly  at malls, nursing homes, hospitals and bookstores.  They have also been invited to represent the school district at area awards, banquets and dinners for the East Maine Township, Niles Chamber of Commerce, and Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce.

Since their re-inception in 2005, the jazz band has regularly attended festivals such as the North Shore Jazz Festival at Glenbrook South High School, the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival at Rolling Meadows High School, and the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School.  They have earned a 1st division superior rating at every jazz festival they have attended since 2005 and have ranked in the top three of every competitive festival they have attended since 2007.

Individual students from the band have earned honors as Outstanding Soloists at the North Shore Jazz Festival and Most Outstanding Soloist at the Jazz in the Meadows Jazz Festival in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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We’ve got three local teen bands lined up to play live at the library on June 18.  Blame the Dog, winner of last year’s virtual battle of the bands is back!  Joining them are Illusion and Southern Fear.

Help us kick off our “Make Waves” summer programming lineup!  Register by calling at 847-663-1234 or visiting our website: http://www.nileslibrary.org.

When: Friday June 18 6-8pm
Where: 6960 W. Oakton St. Niles, IL

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vbobWatch music videos of local teen bands Blame the Dog and Sitting on the Ceiling and vote for your favorite!  The winning band will perform live at the library this fall.

When: Thursday, Aug. 20 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Large Meeting Room @ 6960 Oakton St.

Update: Congrats to our winner Blame the Dog!  Stay tuned for more details about the upcoming concert.

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Hey music makers!  The deadline for our Virtual Battle of the Bands has been extended to August 15th!  That means you have until Saturday, August 15 to send us a link to your band’s music video!Make a video of your band playing any 1 song & post it on online. Then, send a link to dblock@nileslibrary.org or mmiller@nileslibrary.org .

Please include your band name, band members’ names and ages, address, and phone number with your entry. Local teens and librarians will vote for their favorite.

The winning band will get $100 and perform at the library in the fall.  Attend the video screening on Aug. 20 to vote for your favorite and show support for your band.

Band members must be between the ages 12-21 as of Aug. 15, 2009. Only bands from Illinois are eligible to win.

For more information, contact Donna Block at 847-663-6434 or dblock@nileslibrary.org; and Mary Miller at 847-663-6618 or mmiller@nileslibrary.org .

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