Over 2,000 students participate in 34th jazz festival at Northeast Community College

by amandab  4/1/2016 10:41:18 AM -- 

NORFOLK – Middle and high school student musicians competed recently for top honors at the 34th annual Northeast Jazz Festival in the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast Community College campus in Norfolk.

The two-day event drew 80 musical groups from 48 schools across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota, with about 2400 students performing.  The competition hosted jazz bands and show/jazz choirs for school in four levels. Twenty four trophies were presented at the end of each competition day for first, second, third, and fourth place and solo and instrumental awards.

Dr. Linda Boullion, music department chair and director of vocal music activities at Northeast, said the Jazz Festival helps students develop as musicians and shows them what other schools are doing.

“It gives them a valuable opportunity to perform in front of other students and they look forward to competing again next year. You can see a lot of pride in these students when they perform. Our Northeast students help out and the Jazz Festival participants find out that they don’t have to be a music major at Northeast to participate in all the musical groups we have here on campus.”

The event is sponsored by the Northeast Community College music department and the Norfolk Area Jazz Ensemble (NAJE). NAJE uses the proceeds to support student musicians with scholarships and to promote music activities at the college.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Complete results follow.  All schools are from Nebraska unless otherwise noted.

LEVEL I (HIGH SCHOOL) TROPHY WINNERS - SHOW CHOIR: 1st - Burke High School, Omaha; 2nd - Northwest High School, Omaha; 3rd - Norfolk Senior High School #1, Norfolk; 4th - Denison High School #1, Denison, IA. OUTSTANDING VOCAL SOLOIST TROPHY: Andy Vasquez, Burke High School, Omaha. LEVEL I (HIGH SCHOOL) TROPHY WINNERS - VOCAL JAZZ: 1st - Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, IA; 2nd - Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, IA. OUTSTANDING VOCAL SOLOIST TROPHY: Nathan Thomas, Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, IA. LEVEL I (HIGH SCHOOL) TROPHY WINNERS - JAZZ BAND:  1st - Burke High School #1, Omaha; 2nd - Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln; 3rd - Fremont High School #1, Fremont; 4th - Millard South High School #1, Omaha. OUTSTANDING INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST TROPHY: Cal Switzer, Trombone, Gretna High School #1, Gretna.

LEVEL II (HIGH SCHOOL) TROPHY WINNERS - SHOW CHOIR: 1st - Westwood High School, Sloan, IA; 2nd - Aurora High School (Rhapsody), Aurora; 3rd - York High School, York; 4th - Fairbury High School, Fairbury. OUTSTANDING VOCAL SOLOIST TROPHY: Rylee Winters, Westwood High School, Sloan, IA. LEVEL II (HIGH SCHOOL) TROPHY WINNER - VOCAL JAZZ: 1st - Stanton High School, Stanton. OUTSTANDING VOCAL SOLOIST TROPHY - Kitra Hirschman, Stanton High School, Stanton. LEVEL II (HIGH SCHOOL) TROPHY WINNERS - JAZZ BAND: 1st - Pierce High School, Pierce; 2nd - Vermillion High School #1, Vermillion, SD; 3rd - Norris High School #1, Firth; 4th - Dakota Valley High School #1, North Sioux City, SD. OUTSTANDING INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST TROPHY: David Wang, Piano, Vermillion High School #1, Vermillion, SD.

LEVEL III (HIGH SCHOOL) TROPHY WINNERS - SHOW CHOIR: 1st - Laurel-Concord/Coleridge High School, Laurel; 2nd - Cedar Catholic High School, Hartington; 3rd - Elkhorn Valley High School, Tilden; 4th - Norfolk Catholic High School, Norfolk. OUTSTANDING VOCAL SOLOIST TROPHY: Caleb Utter, Centennial High School, Utica. LEVEL III (HIGH SCHOOL) TROPHY WINNERS - JAZZ BAND: 1st - Randolph High School, Randolph; 2nd - Homer High School, Homer; 3rd - Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield; 4th - Centennial High School, Utica. OUTSTANDING INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST TROPHY: Taylor Anson, Piano, Winside High School, Winside.

LEVEL III (JUNIOR HIGH) TROPHY WINNERS - VOCAL JAZZ: 1st - West Sioux High School, Hawarden, IA; 2nd - Miller High School, Miller, SD. OUTSTANDING VOCAL SOLOIST TROPHY: Abby Turner, Miller High School Miller, SD.

LEVEL IV (JUNIOR HIGH) TROPHY WINNERS - SHOW CHOIR: 1st - Westridge Middle School, Grand Island; 2nd - Fremont Middle School, Fremont; 3rd - Norfolk Catholic Junior High, Norfolk; 4th - Norfolk Junior High, Norfolk. OUTSTANDING VOCAL SOLOIST TROPHY - Liberty Jensen, Fremont Middle School, Fremont. LEVEL IV (JUNIOR HIGH) TROPHY WINNERS - VOCAL JAZZ - 1st - West Sioux Middle School, Hawarden, IA. OUTSTANDING VOCAL SOLOIST TROPHY - Perla Muro, West Sioux Middle School, Hawarden, IA. LEVEL IV (JUNIOR HIGH) TROPHY WINNERS - JAZZ BAND: 1st - Lakewood Middle School #1, Salina, KS; 2nd - Lakewood Middle School #2, Salina KS; 3rd - Norfolk Junior High #1, Norfolk; 4th - Fremont Middle School, Fremont. OUTSTANDING INSTRUMENTAL SOLOIST TROPHY: Tyler Corl, Trombone, Lakewood Middle School #1, Salina, KS.

The following jazz bands received “Superior” (I) ratings:

Lakewood Middle School #2, Lakewood Middle School #1, Salina, KS; Randolph High School; Homer High School; Pierce High School; Dakota Valley High School #1, North Sioux City, SD; Vermillion High School #1, Vermillion, SD; Aurora High School (Rhapsody); Norris High School #1, Firth; Blair High School #2; Blair High School #1; Elkhorn South High School #1, Omaha; MIllard South High School #1, Omaha; Fremont High School #1; Norfolk High School #1; Lincoln Northeast High School; Burke High School #1, Omaha.

The following jazz bands received “Excellent” (II) ratings:

Norfolk Junior High #2; Fremont Middle School; Norfolk Junior High #1; Logan View High School, Hooper; Elkhorn Valley High School, Tilden; Ponca High School; Pender High School; Centennial High School, Utica; Winside High School; Miller High School, Miller, SD; Norfolk Catholic High School; Bloomfield High School; Wayne High School; Dakota Valley High School #2, North Sioux City, SD; Vermillion High School #2, Vermillion, SD; Norris High School #2, Firth; Elkhorn South High School #2, Omaha; Gretna High School #2; Millard South High School #2, Omaha; Norfolk Senior High School #2; Fremont High School #2; Burke High School #2, Omaha; Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, IA.

The following jazz bands received “Good” (III) ratings:

Laurel-Concord/Coleridge High School, Stanton High School.

The following instrumental soloists received solo certificates for their performances:

Nathan Farmer, Trombone, and Brady Stack, Alto Sax, Lakewood Middle School #2, Salina, KS; Steven Buer, Trumpet, Olivia Wright, Flute, and Wyatt Kreifels, Bari Sax, Fremont Middle School; Luke Eisenmenger, Bass, Fremont Middle School #2; Natalie Reynolds, Alto Sax, Norfolk Junior High #1; Miles Denning, Drums, Wesley Kinnaird, Trombone, and Tyler Corl, Trombone, Lakewood Middle School #1, Salina, KS; Andrew Poppe, Alto Sax, Logan View High School, Hooper; Tyler Miller, Trumpet, and Claire Dittrich, Trombone, Elkhorn Valley High School, Tilden; Victor Mau, Trumpet, Randolph High School; Cierra Kirkland, Alto Sax, and Vanessa von Seggern, Piano, Pender High School; Taylor Anson, Piano, Conor Lemke-Elznic, Drums, Winside High School; Claudia Rombough, Flugelhorn, Miller High School, Miller, SD; Andrew Fleecs, Tenor Sax, and Noah Pfeifer, Trumpet, Norfolk Catholic High School; Lane McRoberts, Trumpet, Kaylee Moe, Trombone, and Bryanna Woodard, Alto Sax, Homer High School; Karen Fox, Piano, Dakota Valley High School #2, North Sioux City, SD; Ananth Ven Katacalam, Alto Sax, Vermillion High School #2, Vermillion, SD; Junior Aguilar, Trombone, Pierce High School; Jordyn Younger, Vocal, Dakota Valley High School #1, North Sioux City, SD; David Wang, Piano, Anna Van Holland, Flugelhorn, and Avery Mollett, Guitar, Vermillion High School #1, Vermillion, SD; Nick Weber, Tuba, John Helzer, Trombone, Drew Jensen, Trumpet, and Anna Helzer, Mellophone, Aurora High School; Ethan Millington, Trombone, Brianna Rici, Tenor Sax, Josh Aoman, Flugelhorn, Mollan Chipps, Piano, Ashton Bechse, Alto Sax,  Norris High School #1, Firth; Lindsay Scaglione, Flute, Elkhorn South High School #2, Omaha; Brooke Brener, Trombone, Blair High School #1; Ross Grieb, Guitar, Trey Kennebeck, Trumpet, and Grace Guenther, Alto Sax, Elkhorn South High School #1, Omaha; Cal Switzer, Trombone, Josh Holke, Trumpet, Kaitlin Jensen, Trumpet, and Brandon Harper, Tenor Sax, Gretna High School #1; Ross Grieb, Guitar, Elkhorn South High School #2, Omaha; Nate Andrews, Trumpet, Millard South High School #2, Omaha; Jackson Brettmann, Trumpet, Fremont High School #2; Arman Moussavi, Percussion, Burke High School #2, Omaha; Bethany Olson, Tenor Sax, and Dean Showers, Alto Sax, Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, IA; Katie Anderson, Piano, Dalaney Lynam, Flugelhorn, and Emma Bielenberg, Vibes, Millard South High School #1, Omaha; Aysia Webb, Alto Sax, Sarah Qualsett, Tenor Sax, and Jack Schulz, Trumpet, Fremont High School #1; Tyler Butterfield, Flugelhorn, and Clayton Spray, Alto Sax, Norfolk High School #1; Josh Seifert, Vibes, Wyatt McCloed, Trumpet, Chris Mandiville, Tenor Sax, and Annika Kuchar, Alto Sax, Lincoln Northeast High School; Preston Dumas, Percussion, Ryan Tiemann, Trumpet, John Staples, Guitar, Cameron Sherlock, Piano, and Anne Ryschon, Flute, Burke High School #1, Omaha.

The following show choirs received “Superior” (I) ratings:

Norfolk Catholic Junior High School; Westridge Middle School, Grand Island; Fremont Middle School; Cedar Catholic High School, Hartington; Ponca High School; Elkhorn Valley High School, Tilden; Laurel-Concord Coleridge High School; Norfolk Catholic High School, York High School; Aurora High School (Rhapsody); Fairbury High School; Westwood High School, Sloan, IA; Norfolk High School #2; Denison High School #1, Denison, IA; Norfolk High School #2; Omaha Northwest High School; Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, IA.

The following show choirs received “Excellent” (II) ratings:

Norfolk Junior High School; Centennial High School, Utica; Boyden Hull High School, Hull, IA; Falls City High School; Fort Calhoun High School; Aurora High School (Impact); Denison High School #2, Denison, IA; Abraham Lincoln High School #1, Council Bluffs, IA.

The following show choirs received “Good” (III) ratings:

Woodbury Central Junior High, Moville, IA; Woodbury Central High School, Moville, IA; Abraham Lincoln High School #2, Council Bluffs, IA.

The following vocal jazz choirs received “Superior” (I) ratings:

West Sioux Middle School, Hawarden, IA; West Sioux High School, Hawarden, IA; Miller High School, Miller, SD; Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, IA; Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, IA.

The following vocal jazz choirs received “Excellent” (II) ratings:

Jones County High School, Murdo, SD; Stanton High School.

The following vocal soloists received solo certificates for their performances:

Liberty Jensen and Luke Eisenmenger, Fremont Middle School; Logan Veen Strege, Camryn Ballard and Elizabeth Strong, West Sioux High School, Hawarden, IA; Abby Turner, Miller High School, Miller, SD; Caleb Utter, Centennial High School, Utica; Emily Feilmeier and Jesse Kruse, Cedar Catholic High School, Hartington; Ryan Pochop and Sabrina Swenson, Norfolk Catholic High School; Elise Visscher, Heather Shih and Kendra Stark, Boyden Hull High School, Hull, IA; Kitra Hirschman, Stanton High School; Tommy Braxton, York High School; Aaron Marlatt, Paige Faber, Vanessa Wergin and Lora Edelman, Aurora High School (Rhapsody); Paige Eden, Fairbury High School; Brandon Croghan, Rylee Winters and Summer Brenden, Westwood High School, Sloane, IA; Brenden Geer, Tori Albertus and Caitlin Spurgin, Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, IA; Nathan Thomas, Thomas Jefferson High School, Council Bluffs, IA; Megan Means, Norfolk High School #2, Kelsey Keres, Burke High School, Omaha.

 

PHOTO CUTLINE - Jazz Festival 1

 

Members of the Norfolk High School Royal Pride show choir perform during the 34th annual Northeast Community College Jazz Festival. The two-day event drew 80 musical groups from 48 schools across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and South Dakota, with about 2400 students performing.  The competition hosted jazz bands and show/jazz choirs for school in four levels.  (Courtesy Photo)

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