onfter winning the high school big band division of last year's KU Jazz Festival, BVW Jazz I returned to the festival this year to defend their title. They were successful and brought home the trophy for the second year in a row! They again got to play at the Friday evening concert as a featured ensemble, opening for the nationally-recognized KU Jazz I and the All-Star Big Band.
Jazz II, in their first year, also attended the festival and received a Superior rating and several soloist awards. Congrats to both jazz ensembles in their success at these festivals!
Both jazz bands and the after-school Lab Jazz big bands have had a big year so far. Jazz I has performed with KU Jazz I at the Gem Theater in the historic 18th & Vine district in December. KU Jazz I is under the direction of Dan Gailey and featured saxophonist and KU professor Matt Otto, who also performed with BVW Jazz I and combos.
BVW also recently hosted UMKC's Conservatory Jazz Band, under the direction of Dan Thomas, in a combined concert at BVW on February 21st. Jazz II and the Lab Jazz big bands (under the direction of student directors from Jazz I) also held a very successful concert on February 28th. See below for pictures from the KU Jazz Festival and recent concerts!
Director of Bands, BVW
Assistant Director of Bands, BVW
Director of Bands, LKMS
Director of Bands, PRMS
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