Saturday, March 14, 2015

Big Band Bash at Boone

Washed Out Photo by Evan Brandt
Representatives of all eight high school jazz bands await the announcement of ratings and awards Friday night at the 44th annual Daniel Boone High School Sound Spectacular Jazz Festival.

The 44th annual Sound Spectacular Jazz Band Festival at Daniel Boone High School Friday night featured competition by among two local high school jazz bands and an exhibition performance by a third.

As the hosts, the Daniel Boone High School Jazz Band was not judged.

In addition to the local middle school jazz band and three elementary school jazz band performances, which iPhone battery life did not allow us to record, the festival featured eight high school jazz bands in competition.

Full performance videos of Pottstown, Boyertown and Daniel Boone High School jazz bands are embedded in the Storify below.

The ratings were as follows:

  • Pottstown High School Jazz Band  -- "Outstanding."
  • Souderton High School Jazz Ensemble -- "Superior."
  • Boyertown Area High School Big Band -- "Superior."
  • West Chester East High School Jazz Ensemble -- "Outstanding."
  • Souderton High School Lab Band -- "Outstanding."
  • Quakertown Community High School Jazz Ensemble -- "Superior."
  • Cheltenham High School Jazz Band -- "Outstanding."
  • North Penn High School Columbia Jazz Band -- "Outstanding."
The following awards were also issued:
  • Best Saxophone Section -- Quakertown Community High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Best Trumpet Section -- Cheltenham High School Jazz Band
  • Best Trombone Section -- Souderton High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Best Rhythm Section -- Boyertown Area High School Big Band 
The following soloist awards were also given out:
  • Honorable Mention: Lucas Naylor of West Chester High School East for keyboard;
  • Honorable Mention: Marley Bryan of Pottstown High School  on tenor saxophone;
  • Sean Gallagher of Boyertown Area High School for guitar;
  • Jackie Favaroso of Quakertown Community Hgih School for trombone;
  • Will Marchetti of Cheltenham High School for baritone saxophone.
Below you will find Tweets from the event as well as videos of full performances by Pottstown, Boyertown and Daniel Boone.

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