Down Beat Magazine, a national monthly jazz publication, has named Pierce College’s Farwest Vocal Jazz Ensemble the Best Collegiate Vocal Jazz Group in the country.
The contest was open to all collegiate level vocal jazz groups and selection was based on recorded songs submitted to the magazine last fall. Pierce College’s Farwest Jazz Ensemble submitted four songs featured on its most recent CD, Groovin’ Hard, which was recorded on the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus last spring.
“It is a nice bit of recognition for the Farwest Vocal Jazz Ensemble,” said Director Kelly Kunz. “Our program has a longstanding tradition of excellence and this is a great honor for us.”
To access free audio and video clips of the group, visit the Pierce College Web site.
The Farwest Vocal Jazz Ensemble recently completed its winter performance season. The ensemble’s next concert will be held during the spring academic quarter, but the date has not yet been set. Please check the group’s Web site for updated concert information as it is available.