By Nancy Covert
Thirty-seven SHSD jazz musicians, and three chaperones, from Steilacoom High School and Pioneer Middle School traveled to Moscow in late February‚ÄîMoscow, Idaho, that is. The students took part in the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held at the University of Idaho, just a short distance from WSU at Pullman.
About 500 bands‚Äîfrom Boston, Chicago, Texas, Alaska, “as well as the Northwest,” according to SHSD band teacher Bruce Folmer–took part in the four-day event. The annual late February festival has been held for “about 40 years,” he added.
While both the high school and middle school bands did well, notable highlights of the weekend included “Channel One Suite,” a drum solo by SHS student Ben McBride. At the middle school level Arthur Anchetta, alto sax, Jarrett Nesmith, baritone sax, also turned in impressive performances. Max Schenck’s drum solo was another high point of the festival.
The musicians’ performances demonstrated the truth of the adage, “the early bird gets the worm,” since students rehearse before school throughout the week.
SHS and PMS bands host their mid-winter concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 at the SHS gym. The program includes a Vivaldi Concerto, performed by the band’s string quartet, and a piano solo, “The Tempest,” byBeethoven, played by Michael Clark.
The traditional “end of the school year” concert at Pioneer Bandstand, is scheduled for Thursday, May 29.