CHARLES CITY– The Clear Creek Amana Jazz Ensemble headed north to Charles City on Saturday, March 9, for the 32nd Annual Charles City Jazz Festival. The jazz ensemble, under the direction of John C. Smith, competed in the 3A division along with five other Jazz bands from throughout the state of Iowa. The festival was held in the Charles City Middle School Auditorium.
The Clipper’s Jazz Ensemble placed first in the 3A division. In addition, CCA trumpet soloist, Jessen Smith, was awarded best soloist over all divisions. The Jazz Ensemble’s first place finish helped them earn a wild card invitation to the Iowa Jazz Championships on April 18.
The Iowa Jazz Championships showcases 60 of the state’s finest high school jazz ensembles. It is held in Des Moines every April and features 15 groups from each of the four Iowa High School Music Association classifications. All ensembles perform in the daytime competition, and the top two bands from each classification perform in the evening finals competition. The event was founded by Iowa jazz educators over thirty years ago and continues to be an important event on the Iowa high school music landscape each spring.
This is first time Clear Creek Amana has ever been selected to participate in this elite statewide competition. For more information about the competition go to iowajazzchampionships.org.
The CCA Jazz Ensemble participants are: trumpet; Jessen Smith, Avery Karkosh, Cooper Horning and Hannah Raim; trombone; Kris Howell, Lydia Raim, Jake Swenka, Alex Bartley and Jacob Henkle; rhythm; Chad Keitel, Miles Lucas, Rachel Beckler and Colton Kurtz; alto saxophone; Ashley Ives and Andrey Floryanovich; tenor saxophone; Grace Chabal and Tessa McRoberts; bari saxophone; Amy Kalkoff and Haley Mougin.
Smith Selected for All-State Jazz
Clear Creek Amana senior trumpet player, Jessen Smith was selected to the All-State Jazz Band for the third consecutive year and will be playing with the 3A band. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m. in the Cities Ballroom Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines. For more information go to www.jeiowa.org .