Jazz Band: Sounds Like Success

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 6:27 am

Last Wednesday, members of the Pine City High School jazz program traveled to Braham to participate in the Two Rivers Jazz Festival.  Pine City’s Jazz One participated in the festival along with bands from six other area schools and received a 30-minute critique and clinic from Dr. Dave Schmalenberger, instructor from the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul.

Pine City once again impressed the audience and judge and received praise for its performance on a diverse program that included a big band swing arrangement of “The Trolley Song,” a ballad/funk adaptation of “Amazing Grace,” and a challenging jazz rock number called “Brass Machine.” Student soloists included tenor saxophonist Tyler Bridley for “Amazing Grace,” and trumpets Eric Osterdyk and Ben White on “Brass Machine.”  The adjudicator was so impressed by the student soloists that all three received Outstanding Soloist Awards at the conclusion of the festival. Schmalenberger complimented the band for its outstanding ensemble sound and consistency of articulation.

The festival also included a performance by the Two Rivers All-Conference Jazz Ensemble.  Six students from Pine City were named to this group, more than any other school.  Students receiving this honor were seniors Joe Menigo (trombone), David White (drums), and Tyler Bridley (tenor sax); junior Ben White (trumpet); and sophomores Karina Nordrum (piano) and Tim Cahill (trombone).   Menigo, White, and Bridley were also honored by being selected as soloists.

Jazz One will makes its next appearance at the Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival in Duluth on March 7.  The jazzers will also be performing in concert on Monday, March 9 at the Senior High Winter Concert.  This event is at 7:30pm in the Elementary Auditorium and admission is free.

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