Jazz Band receives highest possible score at first ever competition

By Katherine White

The jazz band attends a clinic after its performance at the Baker University Jazz Festival on Friday, Nov. 16.

Katherine White, JagWire briefs editor

The jazz band received a one, the highest possible rating, at its first ever competition at the Baker University Jazz Festival on Friday, Nov. 16.

The band was judged in two main categories: artistic performance and technical performance. The subcategories of artistic performance include improvisation, style, presentation and musicality. The technical performance subcategories include timing and rhythm, ensemble playing, intonation and articulation.

Jazz band director Deb Steiner enjoyed going to the competition.

“I was pretty excited [because] it’s the first time we’ve gone to contest,” Steiner said. “I feel like we did a great job.”

Steiner also said that the jazz band’s hard work impacted its performance.

“We did a lot [to prepare],” Steiner said. “We listened to lots of different jazz styles and compared and contrasted them, and of course a lot of practice.”

Senior jazz band member Aaron Akin said the band played confidently during its performance.

“I thought we had the mentality that we knew what we were doing,” Akin said. “We did a lot better on stage than in practicing.”

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