Blue Lake International Jazz Ensemble

The 2014  International Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Glenn Williams,  is comprised of the instrumentation found in a traditional 18 piece jazz big band, with 5 saxes (alto, tenor and bari), 5 trumpets, 5 trombones and rhythm (piano, bass and drums). The group’s repertoire will range from the classic big bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Woody Herman to more contemporary composers such as Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, and John Fedchock.

Their tour will culminate with a special homecoming performance at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on July 16, 2014.

2014 International Jazz Ensemble
Glenn Williams, Music Director

Glenn William is Fine Arts Department Chairman at South High School in Downers Grove, Illinois.  Besides instructional leadership duties with visual art and music at South High School, Mr. Williams also teaches Jazz Lab Band and Concert Band.  He has held similar positions in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Highland Park, Illinois. In addition to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Mr. Williams spends time in the summer on the brass/jazz faculty of the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic.

As a professional musician, Mr. Williams has performed with numerous entertainment and jazz luminaries, including The Four Tops, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, and the Blue Lake Faculty Jazz Sextet.  He has also performed with numerous community ensembles including the North Shore Concert Band directed by John Paynter.  A National Board Certified Teacher, Mr. Williams is in demand as a clinician/adjudicator throughout the Midwest United States and has presented clinics at multiple state and national conventions.

Mr. Williams holds degrees from Indiana University, Northwestern University and Concordia University-Chicago and has completed coursework towards a DMA in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. He is a member of the music ministry at Four Corners Community Church , where he also serves as an Elder in the church community. A native of Denver, Colorado, Mr. Williams resides in Downers Grove. Illinois, with his wife, Terri, and their two children, Josiah and Allison.