Illinois Band Directors:
The All-Illinois Junior Band was founded for the express purpose of creating a premier musical experience for the state’s finest middle school band students. As the first statewide middle school honor band in over half a century, membership in AIJB is determined solely through competitive blind auditions. Its goals are to provide an opportunity for middle school students to perform excellent literature with a mature ensemble and distinguished conductor, to interact with similarly dedicated student musicians from around the State of Illinois, and to encourage and inspire these outstanding young musicians to continue their musical studies.
Nationally Recognized Guest Conductor
The finest national recognized conductors and music educators working with students.
Rehearsal and performance in the world class Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois.
Blindly adjudicated auditions with high standards for acceptance. Membership determined solely by audition.
High quality literature prepared by the students in advance of the festival.
Appropriately sized ensemble with balanced instrumentation.
Single participation fee covers costs associated with the AIJB Festival, including a t-shirt, Friday night reception, and lunch on Saturday. (Free concert admission, no director fee, and no school participation fee)
2019 Guest Conductor
Dr. Elizabeth B. Peterson, associate director of bands and clinical professor of music, joined the University of Illinois faculty in the fall of 2015. Dr. Peterson conducts the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra, serves as the placement coordinator for student teachers, and teaches courses in instrumental conducting. Prior to her appointment at the University of Illinois, Peterson was a tenured professor of music education at the Ithaca College School of Music. During the seventeen years she spent at Ithaca College, Peterson conducted numerous ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Brass Choir and All-Campus Band. She taught courses in conducting, undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and supervised student teachers. Peterson was the co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band (community band) for fifteen years. Dr. Peterson’s current research focuses on the experiences of first-year teachers.
Dr. Peterson is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and school music consultant in the United States and Canada. She presents clinics at the local, state and national levels in the field of music education. Peterson’s two books, “The Music Teacher’s First Year: Tales of Challenge, Joy, and Triumph,” and “The Music Teacher’s Later Years: Reflection with Wisdom,” are both published by Meredith Music.
Dr. Peterson received a bachelor of music education and bachelor of literature, science and arts degree from the University of Michigan where she studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla. She received a master of music in music education and trumpet performance from Northwestern University, where she studied trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz, and performed in the North Shore Community Band under the direction of John P. Paynter. She earned a doctor of musical arts in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory.
Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Peterson was an arts administrator and director of bands in the public schools of Ohio and Illinois. Dr. Peterson holds a number of professional memberships including the College Band Directors National Association, The National Association for Music Education, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Peterson is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.
Interested in sponsoring the 2019 AIJB Festival and supporting our state’s finest young musicians? Contact us!
Thank you for your monumental efforts on behalf of these students in the All Illinois Junior Band. As a parent, I could not have asked for a better junior high band experience for my daughter. She returns from this weekend with new enthusiasm and a sense of pride from being a part of this group. The quality of the conductors and sectional staff give my child a level of instruction and musical experiences that are hard to match anywhere else in the state. I am forever grateful to both of you for your efforts to give all these band students a rewarding, educational, and inspiring band experience.
Parent of 2018 AIJB Member
Thanks so much for putting in all of the work to provide the AIJB experience for the students! I am completely impressed with how well everything was prepared and organized. It certainly was the best middle level honor band with which I have ever worked — a joyful experience for me the entire time!
Dougles Akey, 2017 AIJB Guest Conductor
My applicants practiced harder than I’ve ever seen them, listening back, reflecting, recording…regardless of whether they make it into the ensemble or not, it has already been a great learning process.
Karen Moffett, Westview Hills Middle School
My students had and excellent experience. I hope this is something that will become a tradition for many years to come.
Amanda Allen, Monticello Middle School
I truly appreciate the opportunity you’ve provided for our more motivated students. I look forward to being a part of it again in the future. My band parents were thrilled with the entire experience.