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A Story That Needs to Be Told

Written and Performed by
The New Trier West High School Recording Jazz Ensemble Musicians
Who Were There

It took students who wanted to excel, a teacher who led the way, a school that provided the environment, a student body that revered their jazz ensemble, and an involved community to make it all work.

New Trier West High School Recording Jazz Ensemble members utilize this website to relate a 16-year story about a mature program of jazz education that was founded by their director, Roger B. Mills. A program that not only produced an unusually large number of active and renowned alumni who pursued music-related careers, but also served as the inspiration and model for jazz programs and educators throughout the country.

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