Please join me in congratulating our Jazz I, Creative I, and Fusion ensembles for their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placement at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Festival Big Band and Combo Competition this past weekend.
As part of coming in 1st in their placement, the Jazz I ensemble, led by Chris Olson, was featured in the evening’s special concert event. This concert featured the Shell Lake Arts Center Faculty All-Stars (that included our very own Chris Olson), the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, the 1st place College Big Band winner, and featured Guest Artists Kevin Mahogany and Benny Green. The concert was attended by over 700+ high school, college students, and guest educators from some of the top institutions in the Mid-West.
Once again, a BIG congratulations to our gifted and talented McNally Smith
Department Head, Ensembles
Jazz I / Chris Olson-Director
Nathan Karasch – Drums, Darren King – Bass, Ricky Lovestrand – Piano, Will Merkl – Alto Sax, Cory Wong – Guitar
Creative I / Bobby Stanton, Director
Zeb Cruikshank – Guitar, Darrin King – Bass, Dan Musselman – Keys, Zach Schmidt – Drums
Fusion / Dave Jensen-Director
Jay Augspurger – Drums, Max Corcoran – Tenor Sax, Zeb Cruikshank – Guitar, David Hirsch – Alto & Tenor Sax, Angie Ista – Alto & Bari Sax, Tim Kloster – Trumpet, Garrett Manley – Guitar, Dan Musselman – Keys/Piano, Patricio Toledo – Bass
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