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!