The Parkside Junior High School Bands
About Us

The Parkside Bands have established a strong tradition of achievement and excellence. Parkside Junior High School offers Cadet Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Honor Band, Jazz Band, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir and Percussion Ensembles. The Bands' performance resumes include performances at prestigious events and venues throughout Illinois and Ohio.

The Parkside Bands have performed at:
The Midwest Clinic. An International Band and Orchestra Conference, Chicago, IL
Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference, Peoria, IL
Disney Epcot Center, Orlando, FL
FiestaVal, Williamsburg, VA
IGSMA District Contests
IGSMA State Contests
IESA State Contests
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
VanderCook College of Music, Chicago, IL
Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, OH
Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL
Metamora High School Festival, Metamora IL


 Mrs. Jennifer Bolton, Director of Bands
Mrs. Bolton is a graduate of both Western Illinois University and Illinois State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, concentration in Music Education from Western Illinois University where she studied under Dr. Jon Dugle. and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Illinois State University where she studied under Stephen K. Steele. She has been employed by the Unit 5 Schools since 1992. She is currently the conductor of the Parkside Junior High School Honor Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Cadet Band, and the director for the Jazz Band. She is also the director of the Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, the Percussion Ensembles and she teaches 5th Grade Band from the feeder schools at PJHS. Mrs. Bolton served as Music Department Building Chairperson for Parkside Junior High School 2007 - 2013. Prior to her appointment at Parkside Junior High School, Mrs. Bolton taught at Chiddix Junior High School, Normal West High School and Normal Community High School. She is a member of National Association for Music Education, formerly known as, Music Educators National Conference, Mu Phi Epsilon, and the National Band Association.