Jazz I Finishes Season Strong

Congratulations to Waukee Jazz I for making the Iowa Jazz Championships Evening Finals once again and receiving second place in Class 4A. Outstanding soloists recognized were Justin Page- Alto Sax, Patrick Cunningham-Vibes, Ross Clowser-Guitar and Ryan Bernard-Drums. Ryan was also chosen as one of four top soloists for the entire day in Class 4A.

Waukee Jazz 1 finished their record-breaking year on April 18 at the Civic Center located at 221 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309. They performed a set of four songs, without any breaks, at the state competition. They started with a swing tune called “Tri-Bop,” by Bill Liston and then transitioned to a ballad called “Until Then, Farewell,” by Ryan Cullen, followed by a guitar feature called “Pensativa,” by Mike Crotty and ended with “Rhythm-A-Ning,” by Thelonious Monk arranged by Paul McKee.

Jazz I is directed by Wayne Page and is an all-year activity that started in August and ended in April. Throughout the school year, students attended various competitions and earned several awards. Congratulations on a great season!

Jazz 1 2012-13 Accomplishments

11/14/12 Performed at Iowa Association of School Boards conference

12/8/12 2nd Place District Jazz Festival-Qualifies for the Iowa Jazz Championships

  • Outstanding Soloist Awards:
    • Patrick Cunningham, junior
    • Ross Clowser, junior
    • Justin Page, sophomore
    • Zoe Scheve, senior

1/26/13 Received Division I Rating at Iowa High School Music Association State Jazz Contest

1/31/13 1st Place Simpson College Jazz Festival

  • Outstanding Soloist Awards:
    • Patrick Cunningham, junior
    • Ross Clowser, junior
    • Justin Page, sophomore

2/2/13 1st Place Jack Oatts Jazz Festival

  • Outstanding Soloist Awards:
    • Patrick Cunningham, junior
    • Justin Page, sophomore
    • Ross Clowser, junior
  • Outstanding Trumpet section
    Outstanding Saxophone section
    Outstanding Trombone section
    Outstanding Rhythm section

2/16/13 1st Place Indianola Show and Jazz Contest

  • Outstanding Soloist Awards:
    • Patrick Cunningham, junior
    • Ross Clowser, junior
    • Justin Page, sophomore
    • Ryan Bernard, senior

3/2/13 1st Place Hoover Jazz Festival

  • Outstanding Soloist Awards:
    • Patrick Cunningham, junior
    • Ross Clowser, junior
    • Justin Page, sophomore
    • Ryan Bernard, senior
    • John Akpan, junior
    • Ross Clowser, junior

3/28/13 Selected for 2013-All-State Jazz Ensemble

  • Patrick Cunningham, junior
  • Ryan Bernard, senior
  • John Akpan, junior

Alternate for 2013-All-State Jazz Ensemble

  • Ross Clowser, junior
  • Dustin Eubanks, junior

4/18/13 Iowa Jazz Championships finalist-2nd Place class 4A

  • Outstanding Soloist award-Jazz Championships
    • Justin Page, sophomore
    • Ross Clowser, junior
    • Patrick Cunningham, junior
    • Ryan Bernard, senior
  • One of 4 award winning/scholarships for outstanding musicianship given for the day
    • Ryan Bernard, senior
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