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The Heartland Trio at the Griffin Institute

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Founded by bassist Hannah Marks in 2017, Heartland Trio consists of Barclay Moffitt on tenor saxophone, Hannah Marks on double bass, and Rocky Martin on drums. The band draws from Marks’ musical upbringing in folk and spirituals, while grounded in the group’s improvisational and groove background of jazz and rock. Heartland Trio’s sound reflects their desire to create with a gritty and spontaneous garage band mentality while exploring beyond the boundaries of the traditional roles of their instruments in a jazz setting.

SUMMER 2018

Bucket Buddies (Ages 5-8)

An introduction to rhythm, notation, and basic percussion techniques. This fun and interactive session is perfect for the future drummer.

Brassarobics

Trumpet-Trombone-Baritone-Tuba

Expand your range and increase lip flexibility while building that great brass tone. This session guarantees success for all students.

Woodwind Workout

Flute-Clarinet-Saxophone

Increase endurance, articulation, tone quality, and finger technique in a session that is sure to place you at the front of your section.

More Summer Camps

Rhythm Section Camp

A daily course offering reinforcement of fundamentals and technique development. This camp will explore skills associated with reading chord changes, understanding various musical styles, and interpretation.

Writers Workshop with poet, Quentin D. Wright

June 25, 2018-June 28, 2018

12:00pm-2:00pm

Learn creative writing techniques while exploring the depths of your imagination.

Upcoming Events

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Heartland Trio

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Founded by bassist Hannah Marks in 2017, Heartland Trio consists of Barclay Moffitt on tenor saxophone, Hannah Marks on double bass, and Rocky Martin on drums. The band draws from Marks’ musical upbringing in folk and spirituals, while grounded in the group’s improvisational and groove background of jazz and rock. Heartland Trio’s sound reflects their desire to create with a gritty and spontaneous garage band mentality while exploring beyond the boundaries of the traditional roles of their instruments in a jazz setting.

GI Jam: Sam Hankins

May 24, 2018 6pm-8pm

Music Educator/Band Director wins 9 independent artist music awards in Hollywood

Sam Hankins had the great fortune to be born into a musical family that would help cultivate his own talent and ambitions. Encouraged by his father, Samuel Hankins Sr., young “Hank”” began with the guitar, then switched to his trademark trumpet in middle school and began playing in churches, professional bands and orchestras. Hankins remembers clearly being one of only 5 African American kids being bussed to the predominantly white Harmony Elementary School in Oklahoma City, which he attended with his younger brother.

Music was a safe haven for Hankins who had difficulty concentrating in school and remembers clearly one of the teachers telling him that “he would never amount to anything”. However, he was determined to prove her wrong and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He then joined the air force jazz band, The Pacesetters, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois as a trumpeter, where he remained until the Air Force Base closed in 1991.

Hankins then returned to school, earning both a second Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was while studying for his Masters degree that he found out he was dyslexic after being tested by his college professor.

During his tenure as Band Director at the Edison Middle School in Champaign, Hankins won numerous teaching awards when he led a struggling band program to Division I ratings, State and National awards and recognitions. In 1997, he won the Golden Apple Award recognizing commitment to excellence in education & in 1998 received the White House Letter recognizing the Edison Middle School Band Program, sign by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Before becoming a solo artist Hankins performed with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band.

 

A prolific composer, Hankins had composed over 150 pieces before he took his wife’s advice and began pursuing the next phase of his diverse career, as a solo recording artist. He laid the groundwork for Nothing Between Us (May 2012) by releasing Dream Catcher (July 2011), a compilation of his catalog of music in every genre from smooth jazz and dance to techno. He released his third CD, Joyous Celebration, a Christmas CD which is a collaboration with David McLorren in November 2015. His latest CD, Do That Thang was released in March 2016.

All 4 CD’s have received lots of radio play in the US & around the world and have won over 25 independent music awards.

Hankins is currently the Band Director at Rich East High School in Park Forest, a Chicago suburb, as well as an Adjunct Music Professor at South Suburban College where he is the Director and Conductor of the Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble.

On April 23rd, 2017, Hankins won 9 independent artist awards at the Indie Music Channel Awards (IMC) ceremony in Hollywood. Thousands of independent musicians from all over the world (Australia, Europe, UK, Canada & Nigeria, to name a few) submit their music in the different genres to be judged by music industry professionals (well known producers, managers, radio DJs, songwriters, etc). The list of nominees is released in March and the awards show is held in April in West Hollywood every year. This year it was held at the famous Troubadour, which has seen performers such as Miles Davis, Elton John & Bob Dylan, amongst others.

Hankins awards included the following:

1)      Best Instrumental Demo for “El Matador”

2)      Best Live Jazz Performance for “So What”

3)      Best Male R & B Artist for “Reach For Me”

4)      Best Soundtrack Song for “Land Of Freedom”

5)      Best Soundtrack Recording for “El Matador”

6)      Best World Music Artist for “Balli For My Galli”

7)      Best World Music Recording for Balli For My Galli”

8)      Recording Of The Year for “El Matador”

9)      Demo Of The Year for “El Matador”



For more information on this very talented artist or private trumpet lessons, please go to his website at: http://www.samhankinsmusic.com where you can also download for free the title track from his award winning CD “Nothing Between Us”.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Jazz.Academy

 Jazz Academy - Summer 

Summer Jazz Academy is a two-week, full-day (8:30am - 5:00pm) intensive camp designed for music students of all levels, ages 10-17.  

Camp runs from Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 27, 2018 - Monday through Friday - at Chicago State University.

In addition, students are exposed to other artistic disciplines, civic engagement, and college and career counseling.  Each day is capped off with a professional performance by guest artists. The program is taught by world-class musicians with goals to help sustain an important art form, provide crucial life skills,and open doors to higher education. 

Questions? Contact


Sarah Pietlicki, Program Manager

Tel. (603) 275.2905 text or call

sarah.pietlicki@chijazzphil.org

GI Jams

Every Thursday 6pm-8pm (Food Provided)

The GI Jams are designed to give students a practical and educational platform to harness and develop their individual skills while learning professionalism and performance etiquette while sharing the stage with some of the greatest musicians and educators in the Midwest.


Each week a different professional musician will host the GI Jams. The set-lists are made available one week prior to the GI Jam.  Students may sign up for no more than 2 selections and may add their name as a "Stand BY" on as many selections as they desire.


If you are a professional musician who would like to volunteer at the Griffin Institute by hosting a Jam Session, please contact us at (708) 973-4354 or educate@thegriffininstitute.org

GI JAM: Sam Hankins 5/24/18

Set List:


Song for my Father

Mercy Mercy Mercy 

I wish

Take The A Train

GI Spotlight

Our CEO/President is named a Semi-Finalist for the 2017 Grammy Award for Music Educator. Congratulations Dr. Griffin

GI Student, Jamal Cole, inducted into the National Honor Society

CONGRATULATIONS JAMAL!

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, Jamal received a great honor by being inducted into the National Honor Society. Jamal is a Junior at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, IL. under the musical direction of Valeaka Freeman. We are extremely proud of this phenomenal young man.

Contact Us

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14200 Chicago Rd Unit 117, Dolton, Illinois 60419, United States

(708) 973-4354

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