Jazz bands at Northrop; state schedule due soon

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PHOTO BY GARTH SNOW

Josh Scheurich (from left), Ross Kimbrell, Alyssa Parr and Meagan Tarlton perform with Carroll Jazz No. 1 at the North Side Jazz Festival

High school jazz bands get one more local workout this weekend as they await news on the state jazz competition next weekend.

Northrop High School will host the Barry Ashton Jazz Festival, Saturday, March 11. Doors open at 7 a.m., with the music beginning at 8 a.m.

Guest artist Butch Miles will lead a clinic at 4 p.m., with the evening concert and honor bands to follow. The evening concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, payable at the door. Northrop is at 7001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne.

The following local groups had been confirmed to participate as of Feb. 15: Leo Jazz 1; Carroll Jazz 1, 2 and 3; Snider Jazz 1, 2 and 3; and North Side Jazz 1 and 2.

Bands and combos typically perform three numbers during each 25-minute program.

Miles, from Austin, Texas, was the drummer for the Count Basie Orchestra from 1975-79 and again from 1997-2007. He continues to perform and to record as he conducts jazz clinics for high schools and universities.

Most area schools competed Feb. 11 at the North Side High School jazz festival. Groups came from Leo, Snider, Carroll, Wayne, DeKalb, Northrop, Anderson Prep, DeKalb and the home high school.

Carroll High School Jazz Band No. 1 was the top honor band of the festival, receiving first place.

Local jazz groups competed for ratings Saturday at DeKalb and Concordia Lutheran high schools. Results from eight sites will be tallied and band directors will be notified of their eligibility for the state jazz finals on Friday, March 17. Instrumental jazz ensembles will compete at North Central High School in Indianapolis. Vocal jazz ensembles will compete at Plainfield High School. An Indiana State School Music Association spokesman said directors would be notified by the middle of this week. The schedule will be available by Sunday. For details, follow issma.net.

Local band directors disclosed the following results were available from weekend district competition:

• Northrop High School Jazz 2 received a Gold rating. Northrop Jazz 1 received a Gold rating “with distinction.”

• Carroll High School Jazz Combo received a Gold Division rating.

CHS Jazz Band No. 3 received a Gold rating “with distinction.” Outstanding soloist — Brandon Hedges.

CHS Jazz Band No. 2 received a Gold rating “with distinction.”

CHS Jazz Band No. 1 received a Gold rating “with distinction.” Outstanding soloists were: Alyssa Parr, flute; Liam Hickey, drums; Nathan Jackson, trombone; Sam Parnin, trumpet; and Jacob Boyer, also saxophone.

In addition, Carroll Middle School performed and received a Gold rating, and Maple Creek Middle School performed and received a gold rating “with distinction.”