Wednesday, March 28, 2012

All That Jazz (News, with video of performances)

The Pottsgrove Music League will present “Grove Jazz,” A Night of Great High School Jazz Music, held at Pottsgrove Middle School on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Come and hear four outstanding high school jazz bands (Including Pottstown, The Hill School, Springfield Delco and Conestoga Valley) perform.

In addition, the Pottsgrove High School and Middle school jazz bands will also perform throughout the evening along with a special exhibition band.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens and sold at the door.

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The Pottstown High School Jazz Band

Not enough Jazz news for you?

Fear not, there's more:

The Pottstown High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Michael Vought, was recognized with a rating of “Superior” during the recent Kutztown Jazz Festival.

This marks the second superior rating that the band has received in competition this year.

The “Trombone Section” consisting of Tyler Windish, Amy Moyer, Jeffrey Vontor, Sherif Mohamed and Ryan McMahon earned additional recognition as the winners of the “Outstanding Trombone Section Award.”

Drummer Jake Wunderlich was recognized with the “Outstanding Soloist Award.”

(Below: The Pottstown High School Jazz Band performs "Running of the Bulls."

Other schools taking part in the competition included: Muhlenberg, Emmaus, Saucon Valley, Easton, and Reading.

The band’s performance included “Blue Note Special” by Mike Tomaro, “Someone To Watch Over Me” arranged by Mark Taylor, and “Running Of The Bulls” by Doug Beach and George Shutack.

(Below: The Pottstown High School Jazz Band performs "Blue Note Special")

Mr. Vought’s pride was hard to conceal: "I am so proud of this hard working Pottstown jazz band,." he said in a release from the school district.

"This is the second ‘superior’ rating they received this year and is the second time the trombone section won the ‘outstanding section’ award," said Vought. "Congratulations to Jake Wunderlich for his second ‘soloist award’ for his drum solo in ‘Running Of The Bulls.’ Our school district and community can be proud of the excellent representation of the quality of our students and programs.”

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