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Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

February 24, 2014

From February 19th – 22nd, twenty-two musicians in grades 10-12 from the ADSS Jazz Program travelled through the snow to Moscow, Idaho, for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival, the biggest student jazz festival in North America. While there, students were able to attend workshops by professional jazz musicians like Ray Briggs, Clayton Cameron, Corey Christiansen, Shawn Conley, Bruce Forman, Geoffrey Keezer, and Grace Kelly  to learn more about their instrument and the jazz idiom. At night, after long days of performances, they were able to watch concerts featuring world-famous performers like Shelia Jordan, Geoffrey Keezer, Ken Peplowski, Groove for Thought, The Yellowjackets, The Lionel Hampton Youth Jazz Orchestra, Rene Marie, Eddie Palmieri, Grace Kelly, and Jason Marsalis.

Friday, Feb. 20th was vocal jazz day with vocal solos performed by Carmen Steinbach, Erin Netzer, Freyja Wilson, Daniel Sim, and Arlene Oldale. All performers sang well with great comments from the adjudicators and Erin Netzer and Arlene Oldale were picked to perform their solos in “Hamp’s Club” – a night time feature concert for exceptional soloists during the day. After the solos, the group travelled from Idaho to Washington to work with Greg Yasinitsky, head of the music department at Washington State University for a jazz band clinic, before returning to Idaho for two more vocal combo performances.

Saturday, Feb, 21st was an extremely busy day as four combos and several soloists performed in the instrumental day. Michael Addy, Devon Barker, George McNally, Nathan Miller, Daniel Sim, Connor Smyth, Connor Snaith, Rachel Van Viegen all performed instrumental solos both before and after our grade 10-12 jazz band performed. Honorable Mentions were given to George McNally, Nathan Miller, and Arlene Oldale for their performances throughout the day.

Band directors, Sarah Falls and Michelle Dyler, were thrilled with the amazing performances the ADSS students gave on the weekend and couldn’t be happier with the positive attitude, good behavior, and enthusiasm for jazz the group upheld throughout the festival.