Swingin’ EHS Jazz Musicians Perform
- Published: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
EUREKA— Jazz musicians from Eureka High School’s music program hit the road to the University of Nevada’s 45th-annual Reno Jazz Festival last weekend and the judges took notice.
Chris Cox, Eureka High School music teacher said “The Eureka High School Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Limited Edition competed with 330 middle, high school and college groups. World-class jazz artists, music educators and thousands of jazz students from throughout the west spent three days immersed in live jazz performance, competitions and clinics. The Reno Jazz Festival is one of the oldest and largest educational festivals in the west.”
The Jazz Ensemble placed second in the B category of schools and the Jazz Combo placed fifth in the A category in the competition.
In addition, the following students received special recognition for excellence: Shane Fox, drums; Russ Thallheimer, tenor sax; Kevin Miller, alto and soprano sax; and additional recognition was give to the entire saxophone section: Kevin Miller, Michelle Graham, Russ Thallheimer, Brittany McCay, Haley Collins and Samantha Zizza.
EHS vocal group Limited Edition received all excellent ratings at the Reno Jazz Festival. According to music teacher Charles Young, “This is the first time Limited Edition traveled to a festival with this much prestige and they handled it with dignity. This group is extraordinary and tremendous group of students.”
This year, the Reno Jazz Festival featured concerts with jazz superstars trumpeter Randy Becker and guitarist John Scofield with his trio. The Festival closed Saturday evening with the Festival Showcase and Awards Ceremony in the University’s Lawlor Events Center, which included encore performances by some of the best groups and soloists at the festival.
Limited Edition, along with the EHS Mixed Ensemble and Concert Choir, will perform on May 30 at 7:15 p.m. in the Eureka High School auditorium. The EHS jazz groups will perform the following night, May 31, at 7:15 in the school’s auditorium. Eureka High School is located at 1915 J Street.
Call 441-2521 for ticket information.