The Central Illinois Jazz Society

Submitted by: Dick Marsho, President

The Central Illinois Jazz Society
Serving Central Illinois Since 1978 presents CIJS House Band at 6:00 p.m.

Featuring Guest Group Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra at 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
The Starting Gate Banquet Room, located in Landmark Recreation Center
3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria
(Parking is available in Landmark lot and across Dries Lane)

The Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra (CIJO), founded in 1998, is from Peoria. The CIJO is a sixteen-piece big band, which is committed to keeping the big band jazz sound alive. Originally called the New Millennium Big Band, the CIJO is made up of professional and semi-professional musicians from the Heart of Illinois that include music educators, business professionals, and full-time performers. The group plays classic jazz charts from Count Basie to Stan Kenton and from Duke Ellington to Maynard Ferguson.

They have established themselves as one of the hardest swinging bands in the Midwest. Dr. Todd Kelly, Director of Jazz Ensembles at Bradley University, fronts the CIJO and plays lead trumpet. The CIJO performed at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. They recently found a new home at the Fieldhouse in Bradley’s Campustown, where they play the first Wednesday of each month. Those who regularly attend our monthly programs know many of these talented musicians. The CIJO does swing! You may want to dance to a few of these songs. Invite a friend and see them in action.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. The CIJS House Band features outstanding jazz musicians from the area. They will entertain you with a mixture of jazz styles. For more information call 692-5330 or visit For more information about our location, visit Food and beverages are available for purchase at this live jazz program.

Admission:  $5.00 Members     $7.00 Non-Members     Students are free

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