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SVSD Jazz Bands Earn High Honors at Bellevue Festival


On February 3-4, more than 70 Snoqualmie Valley band students performed at the 2017 Bellevue College Jazz Band Festival, an annual event sponsored by the Bellevue College Music Department at the Bellevue College Carlson Theater. In total, 16 musicians from Chief Kanim Middle School, 18 from Twin Falls Middle School, and 37 from Mount Si High School participated – and many earned special recognition for their talents and performances.

Snoqualmie Valley middle school musicians competed among 17 middle school ensembles from around the Northwest. As a result, Chief Kanim Jazz students, under the direction of Haley Smith, earned the following accolades:
  • Tychon Preston (grade 8) was named an outstanding tenor saxophone soloist.
  • Nathaniel Wray (grade 7) was named an outstanding alto saxophone soloist.
  • Aiden Drake (grade 8) was named an outstanding piano soloist.
CKMS Jazz at Bellevue College Festival  
 CKMS Jazz musicians at the 2017 Bellevue Jazz Band Festival.
 
Students in the Twin Falls Jazz program, under the direction of Dan Taylor, earned impressive recognition as well:
  • Ethan Horn (grade 7) was named an outstanding drum set soloist.
  • The Twin Falls Jazz I Band was selected as the 3rd place middle school ensemble, alongside ensembles from Hamilton and Eckstein middle schools.
TFMS Jazz I Band with 3rd place middle school finish in 2017 Bellevue Jazz Festival
Congratulations, Twin Falls Jazz I, for placing third among middle school bands.
 
Mount Si High School Jazz students, under the direction of Matt Wenman and Bill Leather, performed among 16 outstanding high school ensembles. Special recognition awarded to Mount Si students included:
  • Greta Chappell (grade 12) was named the outstanding piano soloist for the entire festival.
  • Jered Byford (grade 12) was named the outstanding trombone soloist for the entire festival.
  • Jonathan Henriksen (grade 12) was named the outstanding bass soloist for the entire festival.
  • The Mount Si Jazz I Band was selected as the 2nd place high school ensemble. They were also awarded the opportunity to perform with guest artist Jim Rotondi at the Festival’s evening concert, alongside ensembles from Roosevelt High School, Garfield High School and Bellevue College.
Artwork Award MSHS Jazz 1 earned for 2nd place finish at the 2017 Bellevue Jazz Festival
The artwork awarded to the Mount Si Jazz I band for placing second among high schools.

At the Bellevue Jazz Festival, musicians perform for an esteemed group of adjudicators made up of professional musicians and jazz educators. In addition to their performances, students receive a 20-45 minute clinic with one of these adjudicators immediately following their performance.

“This highly educational format allows students to instantly apply the professional feedback they receive from the judging panel. Students were also able to learn from the performances of several other outstanding Seattle area high school jazz ensembles and world-renowned trumpet artist, Jim Rotondi,” explained Mount Si Band Director Bill Leather.

Congratulations to the Snoqualmie Valley school jazz programs and their talented musicians!
 
To learn more, explore the websites for: Bellevue College Jazz Band Festival 2017 and Jim Rotondi

Mount Si Jazz II Band performing with adjudicator at Bellevue Jazz Festival.
Mount Si High School Jazz II band performs for an adjudicator during the 2017 Bellevue Jazz Festival.
 
 TFMS Jazz 1 band on stage at the 2017 Bellevue Jazz Festival.
Twin Falls Jazz I band on stage at the Festival.
 
CKMS Jazz performance  
Chief Kanim Middle School Jazz band led by Haley Smith.



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