High School Instrumental Groups and Soloists Recognized at the 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

Saturday, February 27 2010


MOSCOW, Idaho – More than 170 high school and secondary school instrumental groups, along with more than 130 soloists, took the stage on the final day of student performances at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. The students came from throughout the Northwest, western Canada and Alaska.

The musicians performed for adjudicators who provided feedback and critical evaluation of the groups’ performance. Based on their musical execution, expression and presentation, instrumental groups were invited to perform at the late afternoon Young Artists Concert in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. The groups also received awards and prizes from festival sponsors.

The groups invited to perform were:

Nanaimo, B.C.
Wellington Secondary School instrumental ensemble II, Carmella Luvisotto and Steve Jones, directors

Surrey, B.C.
Semiahmoo Secondary School instrumental ensemble I, David Fullerton, director

Cashmere, Wash.

Cashmere High School instrumental ensemble, Kent Chalmers, director

Cheney, Wash.
Cheney High School instrumental ensemble, Mike Suhling

Langley, Wash.

South Whidbey High School instrumental ensemble, Chris Harshman, director

Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
Mountlake Terrace High School instrumental ensemble I, Darin Faul, director

Seattle, Wash.
Eckstein Middle School instrumental ensemble, Moc Escobedo, director; Garfield High School instrumental ensemble, Clarence Acox, director; Roosevelt High School instrumental ensemble I and Roosevelt High School instrumental ensemble II, Scott Brown, director

Spokane, Wash.
Mead High School instrumental ensemble, Terry Lack and Rob Lewis, directors

Yakima, Wash.
West Valley High School instrumental ensemble I, Ron Gerhardstein, director

Student combos of 2-10 musicians also performed for adjudicators, and the groups to receive special commendation were:

Nanaimo, B.C.
Wellington Secondary School combo V, Carmella Luvisotto and Steve Jones, directors

Qualicum Beach, B.C.
Kwalikum Secondary School II, David Stewart and Dan Craven, directors

Surrey, B.C.
Semiahmoo Secondary School combo, David Fullerton, director

Edmonds, Wash.
Edmonds-Woodway High School combo, Jack Bergevin, director

Pullman, Wash.,
Oakesdale, Wash., and Logan, Utah
Combined Schools combo, Vicki Short, director

Seattle, Wash.
King’s High School combo I, Wayne Pumphrey, director; Washington Middle School combo, Kelly Clingan

Winthrop, Wash.
Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School combo, Mark Johnson and Terry Hunt, directors

Adjudicator’s also selected vocal soloists to perform at Hamp’s Club in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, prior to the Saturday evening concert. Hamp’s Club is a special feature for student performers and audiences, and provides students the opportunity to perform in a jazz club-like setting.

The student vocal soloists invited to perform at Hamp’s Club were:

Nanaimo, B.C.
Jacob Skeeles, guitar, and Niko Lunny, piano, Wellington Secondary School

Port Alberni, B.C.
Brittany Olsen, violin, Alberni District Secondary School

Surrey, B.C.
Alexandria Sandvoss, tenor saxophone, Semiahmoo Secondary School

Beaverton, Ore.
David Kearns, vibes, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy

Langley, Wash.
Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews, piano, South Whidbey High School

Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
Jack Walters, tenor saxophone, Mountlake Terrace High School

Mill Creek, Wash.
Stephanie Lebens, trombone, and Chris Copeland, drums, Jackson High School

Seattle, Wash.
Riley Mulherkar, trumpet, Carmen Rothwell, bass, Evan Shay, saxophone, and James Squires, drums, Garfield High School; Andy Clausen, trombone, Xavier Del Castillo, tenor saxophone, Corey Dansereau, trumpet, Max Williams, guitar, and Nolan Woodle, bass, Roosevelt High School

Wenatchee, Wash.

Sam Choman, clarinet, Wenatchee High School

For 43 years at the University of Idaho, the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival has brought jazz masters together with elementary, junior high, high school and college students to share and celebrate this truly American art form. It has featured hundreds of musicians from around the world, including China, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Peru, as well as students from Canada, Japan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest.
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