Jazz band continues record of excellence

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Photo by Paul DeCoursey, director of publications at Iowa Central Community College

The jazz band has qualified for the Iowa Jazz Championships for the 17th consecutive year!

The R-S Jazz Band finished in first place at the SCIBA Jazz Festival for the 10th time in the last 13 years. The festival was held at Winterset on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The Iowa Jazz Band Championships will take place in Ames at Iowa State University on Tuesday, April 2. Roland-Story will be the first band to compete on that day at 8 a.m.

Roland-Story had six students receive outstanding solo awards on the following instruments: Noah Britten - alto sax, Megan Danielson - alto sax, Emily Ruben - tenor sax, Seth Halleland - trumpet, Alayna Ringsby - piano/bass, and Jacob Hennager - guitar.

The jazz band gave two stellar performances in January. R-S competed at the Triton Jazz Festival held at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge for the third time on Jan. 11 and finished in first place out of 11 Class 2A bands.

Solo awards were presented to the following performers: Noah Britten - alto sax, Alayna Ringsby - piano, Alayna Ringsby - bass, and Xander Webb - timbales.

R-S Jazz received a division I rating at the Iowa High School Music Association Jazz Festival held at Marshalltown on Jan. 21. This was the 18th straight year that R-S was awarded a division I rating.

The band had a high score of 49 out of 50 points from one of the judges.

Jazz members this year include the following:

Flute - Vera Fath

Alto Sax - Noah Britten and Megan Danielson

Tenor Sax - Madison Hennager and Emily Ruben

Bari Sax - Megan McGuigan and Dana Vinson

Trumpet - Samantha Elsberry, Macy Friest, Seth Halleland, Jarod Hart, Meghan Kepler and Anne Wilgenbusch

Trombone - Emma Auld, Nathan Limas, Bayley Lyman, Sam Sirna and Madison Stevenson

Piano/Bass - Alayna Ringsby

Guitar - Jacob Hennager

Bass/Vibes - Ally Ringsby

Bass - Dylan Hughes

Drum Set/Piano - Eli Ruben

Drum Set/Timbales - Xander Webb