E.B.F.H.S. JAZZ BAND WINS DISTRICTS

E.B.F.H.S. JAZZ BAND WINS DISTRICTS (submitted photo)

E.B.F.H.S. JAZZ BAND WINS DISTRICTS (submitted photo)

Rice Wins Top Honors

On Saturday, March 2nd, the Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont High School Jazz Band placed 1st in class 2A at the South East Iowa Bandmasters Association District Jazz Contest in Iowa City. The 1st and 2nd place bands from each class qualify for the Iowa Jazz Championships, which is held in Des Moines on April 18th. This is the 27th year in a row that the E.B.F.H.S. Jazz Band has qualified for the Jazz Championships. Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont placed 1st ahead of Louisa – Muscatine, Mid-Prairie, West Branch, West Liberty, Highland, and North Cedar in class 2A competition.

Several students received an Outstanding Soloist Award for their solo performances. Outstanding Soloist Awards went to: Emma Haselhuhn; tenor sax, Gage DeLaCruz; trumpet, Heath Rice; trombone, Jackson Voyles; bass, Riley Arnold; alto sax, Samantha Claypool; alto sax, Courtney Durst; vibes, Jessica Jones; flute, and Nathan McGinnis; drums. Heath Rice was honored by being selected as the Outstanding Soloist of the Day in Class 2A competition. The band is directed by Joe Overton.

The EBFHS Jazz Band will perform in concert with the junior high jazz band on Thursday March 21st at the EBFHS Cafetorium at 7:00 P.M.

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