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Jazz Bands Shine at Woodward-Granger Jazz Festival

posted Feb 27, 2012, 8:02 AM by Jayson Gerth

This past Saturday, four Southeast Polk Jazz Ensembles participated in the “Jim Coffin Dimensions of Jazz” Festival held at Woodward Granger High School. The High School Jazz Bands 1, 2 and 3, under the direction of Jayson Gerth performed at the event as well as the 8th Grade Jazz Band.

The 8th Grade Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Ted Heggen, received 1st Place in the Middle School class, and 8th grader Steven Hove was recognized as the top soloist among all of the bands in their class. Jazz 3 did not place, but Sean Joleson received an outstanding soloist certificate for his work on the Tenor Saxophone.  Jazz Two placed 2nd out of five bands in the Second Band Category with freshman Cressie Goode receiving an outstanding soloist award. Jazz One added another first place finish to their 2012 resume at the Coffin Jazz Festival, with Nate Sparks being recognized as the outstanding soloist for the 4A Band Class.