Saint Xavier University Department of Music Jazz Combo Festival

Jazz Combo Festival

Jazz Combo Festival

2nd Annual SXU Jazz Combo Festival

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guest Artist Concert Featuring The Xavier Break Coalition

SXU Jazz Combo

Outstanding Combo Recipients

Concert began at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall

Tickets $6 general public

Free for Festival Participants

Festival Overview

The Saint Xavier University Music Department was pleased to host the second annual SXU Jazz Combo Festival on March 19, 2016.

The daylong festival was open to all high school, middle school and community college jazz combos. Each combo performed for a panel of Chicago’s finest jazz educators and performers. All combos received written and recorded feedback as well as a one-on-one clinic with an adjudicator. During the day students were able to attend clinics and master classes given by members of the SXU Jazz faculty and guest artist, Xavier Breaker. 

Although the SXU Jazz Combo Festival is mostly a non-competitive festival, two of the festival’s top combos, selected by the adjudicators, are invited to perform one piece during the evening concert. Scholarships and awards for individuals will also be given before the evening concert.

Featured Guest Artist

The Xavier Breaker Coalition

Xavier BreakerBorn and raised in South Carolina, drummer, composer and arranger, Xavier Breaker, had been playing the drums since the age of five, playing for various groups and venues. But when he moved to Illinois to study Jazz at Northern Illinois University in 2009, he then discovered that writing music would be another avenue of expression for him. Shortly after graduating in 2011, Xavier began writing numerous tunes in hopes of one day to play them in front of people. That hope would be realized in January of 2013 when the Xavier Breaker Coalition came into fruition.

The Xavier Breaker Coalition can be described as a versatile group, which each of its members with different musical backgrounds ranging from gospel to R&B, rock, jazz, hip hop, classical and other different genres, coming together to form a unique sound. They can be described as being smooth and sensitive, as well as aggressive and powerful at the same time. They are not named the Coalition for no reason, for they are on a mission to uplift, inspire, heal, and take people on a journey to places where they have never been through the gift of music.

Information for Festival Participants

The Saint Xavier University Jazz Combo Festival is a non-competitive festival. Each group received written and recorded feedback from the guest adjudicators. The festival was open to all middle and high school student jazz combos and chamber jazz ensembles.

Lunch for Participants

Schools may purchase a Subway lunch box for $5. The lunch will include a 6” sandwich and choice of chips or cookie. Beverages will be available in the Warde Academic building.

Directors may request lunches for their ensembles on the registration page.


A drum set, bass and guitar amp, and piano will be provided in the warm-up, performance, and clinic room. A vibraphone will also be provided in the performance room. A vocal microphone will be provided on the performance stage. Cymbals will not be provided for the drummers and drummers should bring their own hi-hat clutch.

Guitar and bassist need to bring their own patch chords. If a band requires more than one guitar and/or bass amp they will need to provide their own. No electric piano will be available but schools may bring their own for the performance.