Young Student Musicians Recognized at the 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival

Thursday, February 25 2010

MOSCOW, Idaho – Young musicians from throughout the Northwest were featured at the second day of student performances at the 2010 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho.

Elementary, middle and junior high schools students were the focus of the day’s performances. The young musicians performed for adjudicators, who provided feedback and critical evaluation of the groups’ performance. Based on their musical execution, expression and presentation, vocal and 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.

Those groups were:

St. Mary’s Elementary choir, Nikki Crathorne, director; St. Mary’s Elementary/All City I instrumental ensemble, Nikki Crathorne, director

Potlatch Elementary choir, Doug Richards, director

Pullman, Wash.

Lincoln Middle School II instrumental ensemble, Joe Covill, director

Spokane, Wash.
Northwood Middle School II instrumental ensemble, Lee Shook, director; St. George’s Middle School choir, David Demand, director, Northwood Junior High instrumental ensemble, Lee Shook, director

The adjudicators also recognized groups with citations of special commendation. Citation recipients were:

ArtsWest School instrumental combo, Jeff Baker and Justin Nielsen, directors

All Saints Catholic School choir, Ben Bross, director

St. Mary’s School instrumental combo, Nikki Crathorne, director

Sandpoint Middle School choir, Jon Brownell, director

Pullman, Wash.
Franklin Elementary choir, Theresa Meacham, director

Adjudicators also selected vocal and instrumental soloists to perform for the public at Hamp’s Club, a jazz club-like setting in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, prior to the festival’s Thursday evening concert.

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

Thomas Ahlquist, guitar; Ellie Shaw, piano and violin; Micah Stevens, guitar; and Farayi Sumbureru, alto, ArtsWest School

Seattle, Wash.
Dean Celli, trumpet, Madrona Middle 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
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit