The Chesterton High
School Jazz Ensemble performed this past weekend at the Indiana State School
Music Association’s (ISSMA) annual Jazz Festival hosted at LaPorte High
The CHS ensemble
performed in what is known as the Group I division which is a class of
competition dedicated to the more experienced high school ensembles that are
capable of performing advanced high school and/or college and professional
level music. The group was judged in all areas of Big Band jazz performance
including solo improvisation. The three judges unanimously awarded the
Chesterton band a Superior Gold division rating for their performance.
The group performed
three selections at the festival, including a rather slow and quirky piece
by composer Michael Mossman, that eventually turns into an up-tempo swing
chart entitled, “Mia’s Lamplight Foxtrot.” This piece featured two duets,
the first by alto saxophonist David Hodgkiss and trumpeter Jacob Winland,
and the second by alto saxophonist Devin Moser and trumpeter Joe Stento. The
work also featured sophomore David Hodgkiss on an improvised alto sax solo.
The group’s second
music selection was a Big Band arrangement of a well-known ballad from the
American songbook entitled, “Dream,” arranged by Al Cobine. The band closed
their festival performance with a high energy Les Hooper composition
reminiscent of the Funk-Rock charts of the 1970’s entitled, “Perpetual
Commotion.” This piece featured two student improvised solos, Bobby Gotsch
on guitar and Mark Hodgkiss on tenor saxophone.
Members of the CHS
Jazz Ensemble include saxophonists David Gerth, David Hodgkiss, Mark
Hodgkiss, Elissa McNicholas, Devin Moser and Sydney Sarver; trumpeters
Jackson Lucken, Zane Mauke, Joe Stento, Rebecca White and Jacob Winland;
trombonists Trey Bonnema, Andrew Figg and Anthony Langley; rhythm section
guitarist Bobby Gotsch, bass players Henry Hoham and Jared Horvath, pianist
Kylie Sabol, and drummers Collin St. Mary and Bryan Pamintuan. The director
of the CHS Jazz Ensemble is Michael Scheiber.
performances for the group include the Valparaiso University Jazz Festival
on Tuesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m., and a brief performance at the 5th Annual
Duneland Education Foundation Gala event on Friday, April 22. The band will
complete their scheduled performance season and celebrate 43 years of jazz
education in the Duneland community when they perform at their own spring
concert, “All That Jazz” Opus XLIII on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the CHS
Auditorium. At this event, members of the CHS Jazz Ensemble will have the
opportunity to work with and perform with several world-class professional
information on these events, contact the CHS Music Department 983-3730.