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Choral, instrumental jazz groups earn ISSMA gold

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion High School’s vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles earned high marks in state competition earlier this month.

For the first time, MHS band program had two jazz ensembles competing in the Indiana State School Music Jazz Competition, which took place March 1 at Kokomo High School.

Jazz Band 1, which features mainly upperclassmen, earned a gold with distinction, the first time an MHS jazz band has earned that extra recognition. In addition, all five soloists received blue ribbons for their improvised solos. The soloists were Isak Lagerkvist, Victor Lee, Travis Metzger, Tristan Galeon, and Saralena Bergsma.

Jazz Band 2 competed for the first time ever and received a silver rating. This jazz combo group, directed by student teacher Zachary Tibbs, features seven freshmen and one sophomore.

“The thing I was most proud of wasn’t the ratings or the performances but rather the teamwork and support these kids showed each other,” said Josh Huff, director of bands at MHS. “They represented Marion to the highest degree!”

On March 2, the MHS jazz choir, Virtuoso, performed at the ISSMA jazz contest for choral groups — the first time in years that MHS has competed in this competition. Virtuoso received a gold rating, and soloist Lara Short received a blue ribbon.

Congratulations to all of these talented students on these outstanding accomplishments!