Waukee Middle School 8th Jazz Improvisation Group

IBA Jazz Session-GRP Picture

Pictured above: Directors Mary Crandell and Deb Dunn; Claire Brown, piano; Kaelyn Brooks, trumpet; Luke LeValley, alto saxophone; Andrew Fung, bass; Josh Mitchell, tenor saxophone; Sam Spackman, trombone; Max Wiltse, drums; Daniel Slaughter, trombone; Davis Dalton, trumpet & Sean Gabrielson, vibes.

The Waukee Middle School 8th Jazz Improvisation Group were demonstrators in a Session at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference on Thursday, May 16 at 1:45 p.m. Their teachers, Deb Dunn and Mary Crandell presented a session for other band directors in the state on “Embedding Jazz Into Your Beginning or Middle School Band Program.”

“The session was well attended and sparked some conversation through a Q & A at the end of the session.  The students were also engaged in the discussion with other directors and answered questions. Our students represented Waukee Bands to their fullest,” Mary Crandell, Waukee Middle School teacher, said.

Paul Sibbel Intro

Paul Sibbel of Marshalltown Schools introduces the session with Mary Crandell and Improvisation Group pictured.


Deb Dunn explains Jazz in 6th Grade at Waukee Middle School.




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Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
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