Battle Ground High School again wins top prize at Skyview Jazz Festival

BATTLE GROUND — Jazz bands from Battle Ground High School and Chief Umtuch Middle School recently brought home trophies from the Skyview Jazz Festival in Vancouver on Dec. 10.

In the Advanced Divisions, Battle Ground High School’s band won first place overall for the second year in a row and also won the festival’s sight-reading competition. The high school’s intermediate jazz band won third place overall, and Chief Umtuch’s jazz band earned second place in the Middle School Division.

In addition to the bands’ collective accomplishments, several soloists were honored for their individual performances as well. Eighth grader Mallory Meyer from Chief Umtuch won the outstanding trombone soloist award. From Battle Ground High School, senior Cade O’Haver won the outstanding rhythm section soloist award on piano; junior Tyler Barnes won the outstanding trumpet soloist award; and senior Riley Brown won the outstanding trombone soloist award.

This information was provided by the Battle Ground School District.

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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