DES MOINES - The Aurelia Jazz Band was awarded a 4th place finish at the Class 1A Iowa Jazz Championships here Tuesday.
Also in 1A, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn earned an 8th place finish, while Cherokee claimed 8th place in Class 2A. The top eight places in all four classes at the Iowa Jazz Championships receive trophies.
Four Aurelia band members received Outstanding Soloist Awards, including Ashley Anderson, Stacie Glienke, Audrey Winterhof, and Lexy Tuttle.
MMC's Melissa Tabke also received Outstanding Soloist honors.
For Cherokee, Paige Stieneke (trombone) andJacob Lewis (trumpet) received Class 2A Outstanding Soloist Awards, and Lewis also was named one of the four best Outstanding Soloists in 2A.
Lewis and MMC's Emily Bush (piano) also were recognized for their participation in the Iowa All-State Jazz Band.
The Aurelia Jazz Band is directed by Ryan Meyer, the MMC Jazz Band directed by David Moore, and the Cherokee Jazz Band directed by Paul McEntaffer.
"At some point during the year in open competition, we beat every band chosen ahead of us," said McEntaffer. "The judging is all in the adjudicator's interpretation. You just have to prepare best you can and go out and perform your best that day, and then see where you end up."