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CHS Jazz Ensemble earns Superior Gold at LaPorte Jazz Festival

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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 School. CHS was awarded a Superior Gold division rating for their performance. The CHS ensemble performed in the Group I Division for advanced high school and/or college and professional level music. Three experienced jazz educators in all areas of Big Band jazz performance, including solo improvisation, adjudicated the group.

The group performed three selections at the festival, including a Dizzy Gillespie piece arranged by Michael Mossman, entitled “Con Alma.” This piece featured tenor saxophone soloist Mark Hodgkiss. The group’s second music selection was a “Gospel” style ballad of Arthur Herzog and Billy Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.” This piece featured senior trombonist Trey Bonnema and the entire trombone section. The band closed their festival performance with a high energy Swing composition by Paul Clark entitled, “You’re Welcome Band.” This work featured two student soloists, trumpeter Jacob Winland, and saxophonist Mark Hodgkiss.

The members of the CHS Jazz ensemble include: Saxophonists David Gerth, David Hodgkiss, Mark Hodgkiss, Sam Houghteling, and Sydney Sarver; Trumpeters Keyon Allen, Zane Mauke, Payton Stobbe, Rebecca White, Jacob Winland; and Trombonists Trey Bonnema, Adam Davis, Andrew Figg, Zach Lane, and Anthony Langley. Members of the Rhythm section include: bassist Henry Hoham, pianist Kylie Sabol, and drummer Collin Campbell. The Director of the CHS Jazz Ensemble is Michael Scheiber.

Next Performances

The next performance for the group will be at the Valparaiso University Jazz Festival on Monday, April 3. The group will also perform briefly as part of the 6th annual Duneland Education Foundation Gala event on Friday, April 21.

The band will complete their scheduled performance season and celebrate 44 years of jazz education in the Duneland schools when they perform at their “All That Jazz” Opus XLIV event on Saturday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m., in the Chesterton High School Auditorium. At this event, members of the CHS Jazz Ensemble will have the opportunity to work with and perform with several world-class professional musicians.

For more information on these events, contact the CHS Music Department 983-3730.



Posted 3/9/3017




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