High School Jazz Groups
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Photos by Paul Struck and Dan Whitney
Cherokee County is very fortunate to have several outstanding high school musicians and musical groups, and several of these performers recently got a chance to "strut their stuff" before appreciative hometown crowds.
Going to State! -
Aurelia Jazz Band Directory Ryan Meyer, foreground, salutes his band members during their March 4th performance at The Gathering Place in downtown Cherokee. The Cherokee Washington High and Middle School Jazz Bands also performed at the informal concert.
All in the family -
Sisters Audrey and Gracie Winterhof are talented members of the Aurelia High school Jazz Band, which is in its final year before merging with the Alta Jazz Band as part of the two district's whole-grade sharing agreement. Here, senior Audrey, on alto saxophone, and sophomore Gracie, on keyboards, perform at the March 14 concert at The gathering Place.
Back in the sticks -
Alex Struck, the Cherokee Washington High Jazz Band drummer the past four years, stays focused on the task during the band's March 4th appearance at The Gathering Place in downtown Cherokee.
On to State! -
The Cherokee Washington High Jazz Band performed at last week's Jazz Band Concert at The Gathering Place in downtown Cherokee, also featuring the Aurelia and Cherokee Middle School Jazz Bands.
CMS Jazz Band -
Members of the Cherokee Middle School Jazz Band perform under the direction of Director Casey Kingdon at last week's informal Jazz Band concert at The Gathering Place in downtown Cherokee.
Going to State, too !
At the school's March 8th Pops Concert, the Aurelia Jazz Choir members were notified by their director, Deb Peterson, that the group has been selected to participate in the State Jazz Choir contest in Des Moines. Left to right - Austin Glawe, Kira Mongan, Josh Anderson, Cory Ballantyne, Shaina Thevenin and Jeff Carlson. Jazz Choir members not pictured - Beth Carlson, Regan Henkel, Alyssa Phipps, Beckett Smith and Lizzi Woltman.
Saluting Disney -
The Aurelia High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Deb Peterson (at the piano) sang a medley of songs from Disney movies at their recent Pops Concert in Aurelia.
Student Director -
Corbet Butler, a BVU student who is currently at the Aurelia school, directs the Aurelia Concert Band on one of their numbers at the school's recent Pops Concert.
All That Jazz -
The Aurelia Jazz Band's sax and trombone sections wail at Monday night's Pops Concert in Aurelia.
These trophies have all been earned by the Aurelia Jazz Band this year.