Harrisonville Middle School jazz band earns Superior Rating

May 2, 2014 

The Harrisonville Middle School jazz band returned from the 18th & Vine Student Jazz Festival on April 19 with a Superior Rating and instrumentalist Peyton Holden was honored with an Outstanding Musicianship Award. Members of the group include, from left, front row, Cheyenne Taber, flute, Emilee Cox, clarinet, Jill Bachman, alto saxophone, Brielle Martinez, piano, Hunter Hastings, horn, Gage Weber, drums, Holden, guitar, Savana Hayward and Bethany Cox, trumpet; middle row, Kaylee Tieman, Andrea Farren, clarinet, Anna Saffels, horn, Rachel McNeece, trombone, Alexa Kehoe, baritone saxophone, Ashlynne Martin, trumpet, Tori Bratcher, flute, Craig Ward, drums, Oscar Tompkins, trumpet, Michells Marrs, tenor saxophone, Connor Truman, vibes, and Zach Austin, trombone; and back row, Emma Waggoner, flute, Hailey Brunner, clarinet, Kalli Morgan, flute, Cari Bachman, trumpet, Makayla Strong, trombone, John Coday, Chase Laizure, tenor saxophone, Luke Grimes, bass, Zach Walsh, trombone, Ethan Karr, trombone, and George Abbott, trumpet. The band is led by Matthew Willis. The Festival was at the historic Gem Theatre. The HMS jazz band played a set of music made famous by the great Count Basie including Splanky by Neil Hefti, Li’l Darlin’ by Neil Hefti, and Blues in Hoss Flat by Count Basie and Frank Foster. Following the contest portion of the event, the band participated in a clinic with Nathan Davis, Curtis Fuller and Davis’ band. The group also had the opportunity to tour the American Jazz Museum.

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