Our Director: Kimberly Branch

Kim Branch

Originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL,  Kimberly Branch earned degrees in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. She studied under the direction of Prof. Ron Carter, Prof. Art Davis, Fareed Haque, Dr. Ronnie Wooten, Prof. Reginald Thomas, Dr. Roosevelt Griffin, and many more. Ms. Branch has also toured with the Northern Illinois Jazz Ensemble with many world reknown guest artist such as Wycliffe Gordon, Sean Jones, and Randy Brecker to name a few.

Ms. Branch has worked with numerous elementary, middle, and high schools around Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin as well as numerous jazz camps such as the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Camp in Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Northern Illinois Jazz camp in DeKalb, IL. Her number one goal is to see all of her students succeed inside and outside of the music world.

Ms. Branch can be reached at branchki@u4sd.org

Important News

Saturday April 22nd - ISU Band Concert Itinerary

  • Students must ride the bus to the performance but may leave with their parents after the clinic.

What to Wear

  • 7th and 8th Graders:  Wear black shoes, black socks, black pants, tuxedo shirts. (same as winter performance). 
7th Grade:
  • 6:15 am- Arrive at Edison in uniform
  • 6:30 am- Depart for ISU 
  • 7:30 am- Arrive at ISU 
  • 8:00 am- 8:45 am- Warm up 
  • 9:00 am-9:20 am- Perform
  • 9:25 am- 9:45 am- Clinic
  • 10:00 am- 10:20 am- Watch 8th grade performance 
  • 11:00 am- 11:20 am- Watch Troy Middle School Concert Band
  • 11:20-11:35 am- Load Bus
  • 11:45 am- Depart for Edison (Bring a snack**) 
  • 12:30pm- Arrive at Edison* (TBD)

 

8th Grade:
  • 6:15 am- Arrive at Edison in uniform
  • 6:30 am- Depart for ISU 
  • 7:30 am- Arrive at ISU 
  • 8:00 am- Wait for 7th grade performance
  • 9:00 am-9:45 am- Warm up
  • 10:00 am- 10:20 am- Perform
  • 10:25- am- 10:45 am- Clinic
  • 11:00 am- 11:20 am- Watch Troy Middle School Concert Band
  • 11:20-11:35 am- Load Bus
  • 11:45 am- Depart for Edison (Bring a snack**) 
  • 12:30pm- Arrive at Edison* (TBD)

Saturday May 6th - Concert in the Park @Hessell Park

Parents must provide transportation to/from the event location (Hessell Park, Champaign).

What to Wear

  • Red Edison Middle School T-shirts and any pants (short, or long but no leggings)

Schedule

1:20-1:50 - Warm up with all concert bands
2:00-2:15 - 6th grade band performs
2:20-2:40 - 7th grade performs
2:45-3:05 - 8th grade performs
3:20-3:35 - EMS Jazz 3
3:40-4:00 - EMS Jazz 2
4:10-5:00 - EMS Jazz 1

All of the listed times are subject to change.

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