SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

 

CONTACT:  Tom Whaley                                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 70338                                   26 MAR 2014

 

 

SAMOHI JAZZ BANDS RECEIVE HIGH MARKS AT FESTIVAL

 

On Saturday, March 22, Santa Monica High Schol’s Jazz Band 1, 2, and Combo competed at the Newbury Park High School Jazz Festival. The Samohi jazz groups performed brilliantly!

 

Jazz band 2, under the direction of Mr. Sean Pawling, performed in the "Novice Division" and received straight "Good" ratings.  For most students, this was their very first jazz festival and they performed well.  Jazz Band 2 student, Frankie Kohn, a junior who plays the guitar, received an Outstanding Soloist Award for his performance.

 

Jazz band 1, under the direction of Tom Whaley, received straight “Superior” ratings in the "Advanced Division,” first place in the “Advanced Division,” and the highest score of the entire day.  The following Jazz Band 1 students received outstanding soloist awards for their performances: 

·         Julian Apter – junior – Guitar

·         Glennon Davalos Stanton – sophomore – Trombone

·         Jake Gold – senior – Trumpet

·         Zach Gotler – junior – Drums

·         Kyle McCreight – senior – Trombone

·         Andres Orellana – junior – Tenor Saxophone

·         Jane Wickline – freshman – Piano

 

Each Jazz 1 solo award winner received a $1,400 scholarship to the Idyllwild Summer Jazz Camp. 

 

Samohi Jazz Combo also earned unanimous “Superior” ratings and placed first out of all combos at the festival with a score of 90 out of 100. The following Jazz Band 1 students received outstanding soloist awards for their performance: 

·         Julian Apter – junior – Guitar

·         Kyle McCreight – senior – Trombone

·         Andres Orellana – junior – Tenor Saxophone

 

Samohi's jazz program is a dual enrollment program with Santa Monica College and only meets twice a week after school, while many of the other bands at the Newbury Park High School Jazz Festival meet five days a week as a regular class.  Samohi's impressive performance is a testament to the fantastic music education the students have received starting from their elementary music years all the way up to the high school.  A special thanks to all the fine music teachers in the district and those who support the Samohi Jazz program. 

 

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SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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