BGHS Advanced Jazz Band takes first place at Skyview Jazz Festival

Prairie High School’s Jazz Band 1 placed third in the Advanced Division

The Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band was awarded first place at the Skyview Jazz Festival on Dec. 7. The annual festival features high school and middle school big bands and combos. 

Students in the Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band are shown here with Director Greg McKelvey. Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Public Schools
Students in the Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band are shown here with Director Greg McKelvey. Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Public Schools

All ensembles receive constructive feedback from adjudicators. This year’s theme was “A Storm of Cool Jazz” and featured guest artists from the River City Riot Brass Band.

In addition to BGHS’ Advanced Jazz Band taking home top honors, Prairie High School’s Jazz Band 1 placed third in the Advanced Division, and Chief Umtuch Middle School’s Advanced Jazz Band placed second in the Middle School Division.

Top soloist awards were presented to Battle Ground High School’s Ashton Hemming (saxophone) and Mallory Meyer (trombone); Prairie High School’s Isaac Moroshan (trumpet); and Chief Umtuch Middle School’s Sora Tolley (alto saxophone), Jake Grevstad (trombone), and Jayden Corey (drums).

BGPS students named to North County Honor Band

Forty students from Battle Ground Public Schools have been named to the North County Honor Band in recognition of their exceptional musical abilities. On Sat., Feb. 1, the students will perform in the Honor Band’s seventh annual concert at Hockinson High School at 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

A selection committee comprising local band directors reviewed applications and selected students for the honor band based on their musical accomplishments with input from band directors. Students selected for the opportunity receive a quality music education experience that challenges them as musicians while working with esteemed guest conductors and performing alongside peers from neighboring school districts.

Here are the Battle Ground School District students who were selected to this year’s Honor Band:

Amboy Middle School eighth graders Zoe Richins (clarinet) and Caitlin Stonecypher (trumpet).

Chief Umtuch Middle School eighth graders Brendan Doughty (flute), Julianne Hart (flute), Abigail Johnson (flute), David Josephson (trumpet), Makayla Lynch (alto saxophone), Sora Tolley (alto saxophone), Clair Moss (baritone saxophone), and Hannah McIntyre (bass).

Daybreak Middle School eighth graders Connor O’Donnell-Field (trumpet) and Lindsay Velasco (tenor saxophone).

Laurin Middle School eighth graders Callan Bixler (clarinet) and Natalie Coughran (flute).

Pleasant Valley Middle School eighth graders Lille Amies (percussion), Brodie Collins (percussion – mallets), Amarra Hopson (flute), Alijah Machida (tenor saxophone), Colton McCall (percussion), Haleigh Rich (clarinet), and Henry Thoma (clarinet).

Tukes Valley Middle School eighth graders Peyton Dietel  (trombone), Matthew Long (tuba), Grady McHenry (French horn), and Aidan Oldham (trumpet).

Battle Ground High School freshmen Christian Blodgett (trumpet) and Logan Ogle (French horn); sophomore Ian Arellano (tenor saxophone); and juniors Ryan Duffy (clarinet), Evy Wacker (flute), Kaelyn White (alto saxophone), and Jacob Williams (trombone).

Prairie High School freshman Rachel Wyman (flute); sophomores Matthew Lakey (tuba) and Shelby McCombs (trombone); juniors Jordan McCready (bassoon), Anthony Pittman (bass) and Kyle Wilson (flute); and seniors Mahlia Bump (clarinet) and Heidi Russon (flute).

Information provided by Battle Ground Public Schools.

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