R-S Jazz Band finishes first
R-S finished in first place for the ninth consecutive year at the South Central Iowa Band Association District Jazz Festival held at Winterset on Saturday, Dec. 13. Bands that finish in first or second place at the district festival automatically qualify for the Iowa Jazz Championships. The Iowa Jazz Championships will be held on Tuesday, March 31 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veteran’s Auditorium in Des Moines.
The Iowa Jazz Championships will showcase 60 of the state’s finest high school jazz ensembles. A total of 15 ensembles from each of the four Iowa high school classifications perform in the daytime competition, and the top two bands from each classification perform in the evening finals competition. This will be the 13th straight year that Roland-Story has qualified for the Iowa Jazz Championships.
R-S had five students receive outstanding performer awards. They were: Joe Danielson - vibes, Jacob Rodilosso - trumpet, Michael Friest - trombone, Erin Power - flugelhorn and Brooke Huffaker - flute.
—submitted by Kevin Masemann