The Roland-Story High School jazz band, under the direction of Kevin Masemann, will be participating in class 2A at the 42nd-annual Iowa Jazz Championships on Tuesday, April 4, in Ames.


This is the 15th consecutive year the Roland-Story jazz band has qualified for the Iowa Jazz Championships. Last year the Roland-Story jazz band finished in seventh-place in class 2A.


The Iowa Jazz Championships are considered to be a unique event nationally due to the format and caliber of performances. The annual state championship event invites the top 15 jazz ensembles for each class 1A-4A (60 bands total), bringing together many of Iowa’s finest young jazz musicians to compete in one of the largest one day festivals in the nation. Jazz bands qualify for the Iowa Jazz Championships through district and independent qualifying festivals.


Each jazz ensemble performs a 20-minute set before a panel of three judges during the morning and afternoon competition. The top two performing jazz bands from each class will then compete that evening at Stephens Auditorium for the Iowa Jazz Championship state titles.


Musco Lighting from Oskaloosa sponsors the event in cooperation with Iowa Jazz Championships Inc., Jazz Educators of Iowa, and the Iowa Music Educators Association.


The Roland-Story High School jazz band will perform at 8 a.m. at the Scheman Building, on the campus of Iowa State University. The afternoon award ceremony will take place at Stephens Auditorium at 5:15 p.m. and the Championship Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Admission to the daytime competition is $10. Evening finals competition is $10.


The R-S jazz students and director invites everyone to come and hear the jazz band perform.