Sun Prairie High School Jazz I - Essentially Ellington 2016
WATCH THEIR 2016 PERFORMANCE!!!!
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ABOUT THE BAND:
Sebastian Roman - Alto Sax
Sebastian Roman - Soprano Sax
Sydney Challoner - Trumpet
Kayla Nelson - Baritone Sax
Robert Rockman - Banjo
Jennifer Lamprech - piano
Michael Otto - bass
Robert Rockman - guitar/banjo
Jon Alcantara - drums
Jordan Apfelbeck - drums
Congrats Jazz I on a great 2016 Essentially Ellington!!
Congrats to the members of the 2015-16 SPHS Jazz Ensemble I who successfully competed in the 21st annual "Essentially Ellington" national jazz Competition and Festival held at Rose Hall, May 5-7, 2016 in New York City. The band ended up placing 8th overall as well as receiving citations for outstanding performances. Solo honors went to Sebastian Roman on Alto and Soprano Saxophone as well as Sydney Challoner on Trumpet. Honorable mentions were given to Kayla Nelson on Baritone Saxophone and Robert Rockman on Banjo.
The band attended a question and answer session with Wynton Marsalis as well as a dinner with members the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and high school jazz musicians from across the country. Members of the SPHS Jazz Ensemble also attended workshops on their instruments as well as a jam session in the beautiful Appel Room and Atrium.
While in New York, the band also visited Grand Central Station, the top of the Freedom Tower, Wall Street , Times Square, The Blue Note Jazz Club for a performance by jazz bass legend, Ron Carter. They also took a Sunday Cruise down the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty, visited the "High Line" and took a walk through Central Park.
Overall, a very successful trip in which the students handled themselves with class and dignity - they represented Sun Prairie very well.
Thank you to all who supported the efforts of these students!
Sun Prairie Jazz I makes Essentially Ellington Finals for 10th Time!
Congratulations to SPHS Jazz I members who have been selected to participate in the "Essentially Ellington" national jazz festival and competition to be held on May 5-7, 2016 at the "House of Swing" - Rose Hall in the Time Warner Building on Columbus Circle in New York City. Band are selected through a blind audition process from 5 regions throughout the United States and Canada.
This marks the 10th time the band has been selected as a national finalist in the 21 year history of the festival. Sun Prairie Jazz Ensembles' have place as high as 3rd (3 times) in this "super-bowl" of jazz festivals.
We wish them the best of luck and let the fundraising (and practicing!) begin.